Mobile Apps: Native Apps Vs Hybrid Apps, Which is Relevant?

Developing a mobile app is not easy. Yet another challenge is to decide on which is the best choice, native app or hybrid apps? Well, there is no exact answer for this. It depends on the context that which one the developers should choose. Hybrid apps have more advantages over native apps as they are compatible with multiple platforms. But it comes with a poor user experience and disappointing to mobile users. The development framework involved in both of them is different. Native apps have exceptional user experience and excellent performance. But they are not compatible with every mobile OS and need to be developed separately for each platform.

Hybrid Apps

If you are looking for a quicker and cheaper way to develop an app, you need to go for hybrid mobile app development. It allows cross platform support and thus development time and effort is reduced. Hybrid apps are built using cross compatible web technologies like HTML5, Javascript and CSS. The single code base used in the development allows reuse of the code and thus seamlessly working in multiple platforms including iOS and Android.

Many of the features are designed to support in multiple operating systems so that it hardly needs app updates unless any important functionality is added. A better working hybrid app can be built with limited resources and comparatively less time. In hybrid apps, poor user experience is the biggest drawback. However, It is the reasonable method to opt for building apps on multiple platforms, at the cost of best user experience.

Native Apps

Native apps are developed specifically for a particular mobile operating system like Android or iOS. Because of its platform specific development approach, higher investment is required which makes the process expensive. They are built using different programming languages like Swift or Objective-C for developing iphone app and Java for Android apps. This makes the development process time consuming since each mobile app need to be coded separately for multiple platforms.

Frequent app updates are necessary to use the native apps in its latest released version. The native apps allows the easy access of built in device specific capabilities like GPS, Camera, location, calendar, contact list and other medias. Native apps comes with excellent user experience because of its platform specific nature. Users love to use native apps because of its highest security features and faster performance fully compatible with the particular platform.

Hybrid App VS Native App

Hybrid AppNative AppCross platform SupportPlatform specific DesignCheaper and faster solutionHigher investment requiredLimited User experienceBest user experienceLimited options for UI/UX and GraphicsAdvanced UI/UX and Graphics featuresQuicker development on multiple platformsRequires more development timeSingle code base with cross compatible web technologiesSeparate code for platform specific development languages

It is always challenging to choose which app development approach you should follow. Many development firms prefer native apps because of its higher security, faster performance and best in class user experience. Choosing native apps over hybrid apps ensures satisfactory results, but always check allowed time duration, available resources and functionalities of the proposed app before initial design. By selecting hybrid app development you may save time and money, but native apps are the best option for a long term result.

Develop the best hybrid / native mobile apps with us.

At 2base technologies, we help you choose the right solution for your app idea. Our expert team will study your requirements before committing the project and selects the best development approach for you. From initial design to final launch and we guide you to achieve your business goals. Whether it may be a hybrid or native app, our developers are experienced and adaptable for building multi-platform / platform specific mobile applications.