Are you a startup or a business owner looking for a digital transformation? Then you might be confused between Hybrid Mobile APP or Native Mobile APP and wondering which technology you should choose for your Mobile APP Development. This article will address all your concerns & help you to choose the best one for your business.
Let’s go ahead & find out which suits best to your requirements.
Revealing the truth behind the misconceptions surrounding the Mobile APP development, we are here with the pros & cons of both Hybrid & Native APP approaches and which one almost always leads to the better customer experience. Let’s start with few questions about your requirements & priorities:
- How soon you need the APP?
- Do you have any in-house developed module for APP?
- What is your budget?
- What features you need in the Mobile APP?
- How much the speed of APP matters to you?
- Are you ok with the limited performance of the APP?
With the answer of these questions, now, let’s discuss the differences between the Native APPs & Hybrid APPs:
What is Native Application?
Native APPs are developed on particular environment or platform using software development tools (SDK) for a particular framework or operating system. Like Android APPs are built on Java platform using Java Development Kit, iOS APPs are built using iOS SDK, Swift & Objective-C and windows APPs are built using .NET platform.
Thus, Native Applications are native to the user’s OS and are built as per those guidelines. They are consistent in look & feel and have good interaction. User is more likely to navigate and use the APP faster.
WhatsApp, Facebook & Spotify are some ultimate examples of Native APPs.
Advantages of Native APPs:
- Native Applications do not have much dependencies on open source libraries and platforms like Cordova & Ionic.
- Native APP allows to access device features (such as camera, GPS, Address book, etc.) without dealing with complexity of native plugins.
- These APPs have high degree of Reliability and are best to exploit Native features.
- They are simple yet fast in Performance and have better User Experience.
- Native APPs support both Online & Offline transactions.
Disadvantages of Native APPs:
- Development time of Native APPs is more than Hybrid APPs. As for each platform, Native APPs require separate development effort and different skill set.
- The code of each platform has its own release cycles & updates which adds up to more development time and cost.
- Due to the different code-base, it is always challenging to release same features on all platforms.
- For updates in APP, the user needs to update the APP from the APP Store.
What is Hybrid APP?
These APPs require Native plugins to access the Native features of the platform such as Camera, Mic, etc.
Gmail, Instagram, Uber & Twitter are some finest examples of Hybrid APPs.
Advantages of Hybrid APP
- Write code once & run on any platform, means, they are single code based for all platforms.
- Effort only from one Development team is required, they can deliver APP for any platform including Website too.
- Since, Hybrid APPs are based on Web Technologies, hence, the same APP can be run on browser like website or can be run as Progressive Web APP (PWA).
- The user experience of Hybrid APPs is consistent across all the platforms irrespective of the devices & browsers.
- The APP development is faster and less expensive. Low cost maintenance is required.
- Simple & easy to maintain and is integrated with the device file system.
- In case of updates, the user doesn’t need to update the APP in APP Store, it is directly loaded on the page from the server.
Disadvantages of Hybrid APPs
- The performance of Hybrid APPs doesn’t go well for Game APPs, high Graphics-oriented APPs and other high performance required APPs.
- They are dependent on Native plugins to access device features. Sometimes, native plugins are not readily available for entirely new device features. In such cases, Hybrid APPs are problem.
- Hybrid APPs have dependencies on different libraries & frameworks such as Cordova & Ionic. They are to be synchronized with latest versions and release of platforms.
So, the conclusion is:
|Native APP||Hybrid APP|
|Complexity||Highly Complex APPs||Medium Complex|
|Performance||High Performance/ Offline Mode||Performance depends on complexity/ No Offline Mode|
|Development Time||Time Consuming||Saves Time|
|Development Cost||High Cost because of different codebase for different platform||Low cost because of same codebase for both platforms|
|Security||Highly Secure because official tools & OS protection is available||Comparatively less secure due to outsourced tools|
|Customizable||Easy to Customize||Hard to Customize|
Both Native & Hybrid APPs have their pros and cons. But frankly speaking, Native APPs are always beneficial for long run. They provide high level security for Mobile Applications. With Native APPs company can offer an industry standard user experience and best performance to their users.
But when it comes to less development time, cross-compatibility, easy updates and availability of resources in low budget, then, Hybrid APPs are good choice.
Therefore, the decision which approach you should take for APP development depends on the need, priorities and objectives of your business.
So, what are your requirements and which APP is best fit for you, write to me in comment box & mail me at email@example.com.
Based on your requirements, I will suggest you the best technology to go with!