Native or Hybrid Apps? What’s The Difference?

The native app development requires exclusive programming for each platform. A native app is written in Objective-C or Swift for iOS and Java for Android platform. Whereas hybrid apps are web apps hidden behind a native app shell. Hybrid apps are cross platform apps which can be distributed between app stores without the need to develop two different versions for Android and iOS. Hybrid apps are usually built using cross-platform compatible web technologies such as HTML5, CSS, Javascript etc. and they are wrapped in native apps using a platform such as PhoneGap, Ionic, Titanium etc.

Native App Development

Merits

Superior Performance

Native apps are specifically designed and developed for a particular platform to offer a superior performance. They are functionally powerful and faster. Native app development is chosen for gaming and other high-performance graphically loaded applications.

Enhanced User experience

Native apps offer a great user experience as they are equipped with certain characteristics which are natural to the platform they are developed for whether it is iOS or Android. The native apps adhere to certain platform specific User-Interface standards.

Easy access to inbuilt capabilities

Native apps take leverage of devices functionalities such as camera, microphone, calendar, GPS etc. more effectively.

Demerits

Increased Cost

The cost involved in native development is more thereby native apps tend to be costlier than the hybrid apps.

Development Time

The native app development process requires more development time than the hybrid app development process.

Specialized Knowledge

Native app development requires specialized knowledge of each platform and the developer needs to be proficient in a specific language for the specific platform.

Hybrid App Development

Merits

Lower Cost

There is a lower cost of development involved in hybrid apps development as no separate app is required for different platforms.

Swift Development

Hybrid apps are faster to develop as they have lower requirements as no specialized skills pertaining to a specific platform is required.

Faster Time to Market

The hybrid apps takes much lesser time from conceptualization to release to market. With the hybrid app, you build it once and then release it across multiple platforms.

Demerits

Performance Trade Off

In the hybrid app, only a wrapper is downloaded to the user’s phone with most of the data being loaded from the server. The number of server requests can cause performance issues in the app.

Lack Native Features

Both iOS and Android have some features which are exclusively present in the native apps. The hybrid apps lack such native features.

VERDICT

Exploring the pros and cons of native and hybrid app development, we can conclude that native app development is suitable when performance is the prime focus and the app is being built for a single platform whereas hybrid app development should be preferred when the apps need to be released soon with cost effectiveness for multiple platforms.

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Originally published at www.mobiloitte.com on October 15, 2016.

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