Mobile App Development – Native or Hybrid
With approximately five billion mobile phone users in the world, it is no surprise that mobile app development is big business. With various apps on the market consumers simply uninstall an app if it falls short of their expectations and moves on to the next one. Professionals are well aware of this and strive to strike a balance between speed and development cost while maintaining high levels of performance. However, when developing a mobile app, there is always a dilemma whether to go native or hybrid.
Here we have outlined the pros of each one.
Pros of Native App
The native app has long been the industry standard and is developed with a specific operating system such as Swift or Objective C for iOS and Java for Android. The biggest advantage of native app is the speed as all the app elements are bundled into single package. This allows for fast graphics and fluid built-in animations. Native apps have better user interface allowing users to quickly learn the app and providing seamless access to features such as camera function, push notification and in-app purchases thanks to assessing to native APIs in the phone’s OS.
Pros of Hybrid App
Hybrid app development combines traditional web development with native development technologies. The hybrid app can do all the things that HTML5 can but only with some native app features and functionalities. Portability is the biggest strength of hybrid apps as they can be run on any device. Another advantage of this app is that there are various frameworks that allow web pages to behave like native applications so they can be distributed on the app store. Hybrid apps can be packaged both locally and through a server making them accessible both online and offline.
There is no winner as both have their advantages and it depends on the needs of the company and projects.