The Hybrid dilemma

In a world where everyone is highly dependent on their digital partners, such as phones, tablets or PCs. It becomes increasingly difficult for anyone to narrow down on what platform should the focus primarily be on.

Especially for budding entrepreneurs in the digital industry relying to propel their ideas via constructing an application or a website to either provide a service or to promote a product.

So a person new to the field of digital communication & multimedia might wonder what’s will all this conundrum of native or hybrid, cross platform building, websites or web apps & why should one be aware of this terminology.

So without further loitering, let me provide a basic introduction to what all the fuss is about.

Let’s say you’ve seen various apps on your phone or websites online that sell things or have a specific purpose. Now you have an idea & you want to venture into this new field. But you’re not sure how’re you going to do it, you have great plans to make something, but where to start?

So let’s begin at your idea, based on what your idea is, you can decide on what the best type of development is for you to showcase or reach your audience. Keeping in mind your business strategy, your long term plans & obviously your budget.

So what’s a hybrid website or a native application? A native application is a program that has been written specifically for a particular platform. A hybrid application is a program(basically a website) that is built to run on several platforms regardless of it’s platform.

By the looks of it, you might think oh, isn’t the hybrid better? But this boils down to the limitations of each method. A native application completely uses the platform’s full potential & will be faster in terms of it’s performance, optimization & animations. Keeping in mind, the usage of device processor & RAM. Also, the native application has the ability to utilise device permissions, such as current location, contacts, etc. giving it an edge. It also increases it’s performance by locally storing data on the device for faster loading times. Including other nifty features such as push notifications is achieved through native application building. Native application is device dependent either windows, android or ios.

A hybrid application is basically a webapp, opened through a browser. Primarily developed with HTML, CSS & Javascript. The disadvantage is it’s limitation of the design, the efficiency & performance. But the advantage is that it has greater access. Most devices regardless of their platforms can access such applications & utilize it on almost any screen size. Another benefit of the webapp is that you don’t have to download it, you can access them just by going to the website url(link).

And then recently there is also a third option. The ability to write in a different framework & convert the code or port it over as a native application. Examples such as ReactNative or Ionic. However such frameworks are experimental that depend heavily on the project requirements.

In the end I would just like to say regardless of the approach, the driving factor on any project is the purpose & that is most likely a deciding factor. For a regular usage IoT/Home automation project, a native application makes sense but for a simple project such as finding movies to watch, a webapp would make sense.

Also the budget is a key factor hybrid applications with limited functionality will most likely be cheaper to build than a native application.

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