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Native App vs Hybrid App: Choosing the Right Solution

native vs hybrid apps

There is no right nor wrong when it comes to Native Apps and Hybrid Apps, but it’s important to establish which technology is right for the app in question, early on in the development cycle. The choice needs to fit your business and what exactly it is that you’re looking to develop, functionality and also usability. There is no definitive answer as to which type of development technology you should utilise for your application

As it stands, most mobile devices use one of the two dominant operating systems: Google-developed Android (48.3%) and the Apple-developed iOS (41%). The mobile explosion and rise of the smartphone has reinforced the idea that we simply love apps. Here’s the basics when it comes to Native vs Hybrid…

Native Apps

Native apps are generally what spring to mind when you think of an app. They’re coded and designed for a specific device, such as iPhones or an Android device.

There are a number of advantages when it comes to developing a native app, including:

  • They offer the fastest and most responsive experience to users
  • They can tap into the wider, often native, functionality of a device
  • Less technical overheads, therefore more efficient use of the device (battery/memory)

If you want to create the best user experience possible for your customers then developing a native app will go a long way to making this happen.

The main downside of developing a native app is the fact that it won’t work with other kinds of devices. For example, if you develop an app in Objective-C for iOS, then this app won’t run on Android. In order for it to work on an Android device, it would need to be re-written completely in Java.

This is why it’s vital to consider whether you want your app running on one device or multiple platforms. This does mean that the budget required to develop a number of different native apps will become significantly bigger.

But if your budget does allow it, native apps are ideal as they do offer the best user experience.

Hybrid Apps

They’re generally quicker to build and deploy cross platform (and thus cheaper) than native apps. The bulk of hybrid apps are built using cross-platform technologies, including the likes of HTML5, CSS and Javascript. However, in order to allow the app to access wider functionalities of the device, native code is sometimes used to create a better user experience.

The advantages of developing a hybrid app include:

  • Faster and easier to develop, maintain and make changes cross platform
  • Only a proportion of native code has to be re-written to make the app work on different kinds of devices
  • Functionality capabilities are quickly catching up to that of Native

However, the app won’t be as fast or responsive as a native app.

If you are still insecure which type of app would be the most suitable for your business, feel free to contact us!

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