Hybrid VS Native Mobile Application

There are several questions and so many thoughts comes in our mind when we heard about “Mobile Application”. What is iOS? What is Android? What is the difference between them? What is native application? What is hybrid application? Which one is suitable for development?

The most backbreaking decisions you will face is which type of application you are going to build. I am pretty sure, It’s quite tough to getting an answer.

Your decision will depends on project complex factor, budget and deadline.


When we are going to start developing an application, the majority we are talking about mobiles and tablets. There are also applications available for Web, smart-watch and TV, but we will focus on mobiles and tablets and most useful operating system: iOS and Android.

iOS and Android:

iOS is developed and operated by Apple, they are used only for their own iPhones, iPods and iPads. They control software and hardware. They have an own development tool called Xcode and code written in two different programming languages: “Objective C” & “Swift”.

Android is developed and operated by Google, a list of companies used android in devices, They have an own development tool called Android Studio and code written in two different programming language. “Java” & “Kotlin”.

Can they work together?

Well, Answer is NO…!

There is not any bridge in between iOS and Android devices, Android app will not install in iOS device and vice versa.

Native Application:

Most of application are build in native programming language.

A native application is written in own respected language, Google and Apple have their own development tools and SDKs. That allows any professional development to develop native apps. iOS application build in objective c or swift and Android application builds on Java.

For example :- Twitter, Instagram, Pokemon Go etc…

Advantages of native apps:

  • Very fast and responsive
  • Easy hardware functionality integration (camera, microphone, compass etc…)
  • Push Notification.
  • Usability
  • High quality

Dis-Advantages of Native apps:

  • Complex code
  • Less cost but longer to build

Hybrid Application:

Hybrid app is combination of Native apps and Web apps. You can install Hybrid app in own devices, but it’s working as a Web app inside.

Hybrid apps build with java script, HTML, CSS and run in webView.

Your goal is to only show all content or data or get easily respond to user. Suppose we need to complete the project in short time, no more resource available, in these situation you are going with Hybrid application. Very less chances to download Hybrid application.

In other words it’s called Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

Advantages of Hybrid Apps:

  • Codebase to manage.
  • Save time and money.

Dis-Advantages of Hybrid Apps:

  • Performance
  • Manage both plat-form.
  • Difficult to maintain UI.

Now main question will be “How to choose?”

Now we are given you all the information regarding Native and Hybrid apps, still there are many different directions in which you can take your app, all of which have their pros and cons. There will be some kind of limitation of time and money that will push you to make a decision your application. Apps are expensive enough that you may only have one go at getting it right. Read as much as you can about the different kinds of apps and the development stages.

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