App Development – Native vs Hybrid

When you start thinking to build apps, first thing that will come in mind is whether the app should be Native app or Hybrid app.

The decision to select depends on many factors like business objective, size of apps, customer outreach and many more. We as a mobile app development company have tried to showcase advantages and disadvantages for Native and Hybrid apps. It will help you to make better decision and make your mobile strategy success.

Native Apps

Native apps are built for specific platform and are written in the languages the platform accepts (for example, Swift and Objective-C for iOS apps and Java or Kotlin for native Android apps). Native apps are fast and responsive. Native apps provide fast performance and a high degree of reliability. They also have access to a phone’s various devices, such as its camera and address book. In addition, users can use some apps without an internet connection. Native apps offer a better user experience but are more expensive to build because it is tied to one type of operating system. Both Apple and Google provide app developers with their own development tools, interface elements, and SDK.

Advantages of Native Apps

  • Fast and Responsive because they are built for specific platform
  • Distributed in app stores
  • More interactive, intuitive and smoother
  • Internet not required for some apps depending on functionalities
  • Better User Experience
  • Push Notifications
  • Quality assurance

Disadvantages of Native Apps

  • Multiple code base because each device has its own version of the app
  • More Expensive because skill set required to develop and maintain the same application on each platform whichadds to the cost
  • Need more resources and experienced developers
  • Releasing same feature on all platform at same time always challenging because of different code base

Hybrid Apps

A hybrid app consists of two parts: the first is the back-end code, and the second is a native shell that is downloadable and loads the code using a webview. Hybrid apps are less expensive than native apps. Hybrid applications have access to internal device APIs, which means they can use resources such as the camera, storage and GPS. Hybrid apps are slower than native apps and you cannot customize the application to individual platforms like native apps. Hybrid applications are built with HTML and CSS. Developers create one code base, then make small changes to tailor the app to each platform.

Advantages of Hybrid Apps

  • Easy to build as the technologies used are HTML, CSS and Javascript
  • Less expensive
  • Access to the device’s internal APIs, can access storage, camera, etc.
  • Single code base for all platforms means write once and run anywhere
  • Consistent user experience across platform regardless of user moves between different devices
  • Same development team can deliver app for any platform

Disadvantages of Hybrid Apps

  • Slower than native apps
  • Less Interactive than native apps
  • Dependent on different libraries and frameworks like Cordova, Ionic which have to be in sync with latest platform version changes and releases

As a full service mobile application development company, Tebi Technologies works on entire lifecycle of product development from Planning and Strategy, UX/UI Design, App Development, QA/User Acceptance Testing till Technical Delivery. We use agile development process that gives you control over scope and reduces your risk.

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