With the increase in mobile users, the importance of mobile app development is also increased day by day. When we consider of developing mobile apps, the first question arise  in our mind is “Which technologies we have to choose? We should develop native app or hybrid app. So sometimes due to lack of knowledge we go with the wrong one. So following are the key factors which we should analyse before choosing one -

  • How fast you need the app ?
  • If you can develop any part of the app in-house ?
  • Objective of building the app ?
  • What you are trying to accomplish with the app ?
  • Your budget for app development ?
  • What features you need ?

These are the key points  on the basis of which we can choose either native or hybrid.

To make a right selection, we should also be aware about the  meaning of native apps or hybrid apps. We should know about their pros and cons.

What are Native Apps?

A native app is developed specifically for one platform. It can be installed through an application store.  Native apps are written in a programming language specific to the platform they’re being developed for. This would typically be Objective-C or Swift for iOS and Java or Kotlin for Android.  

Advantage of Native App Development:

  • Native apps are very fast and responsive because they are built for that specific platform
  • They have the best performance
  • They are more interactive, intuitive and run much smoother in terms of user experience
  • Native allows developers to access the full feature set of their given platform with whatever performance optimizations the native system has
  • Internet connection is not required, although it depends on the functionality
  • Overall better user experience. To the user, the flow is more natural as they have specific UI standards for each platform

Disadvantages of  Native App Development:

  • High price and long development time
  • Complicated and expensive maintenance and support
  • Support of multiple versions of the application
  • Not the best option for very simple apps

What are Hybrid Apps?

A hybrid app is a program that is built using HTML5, CSS and JavaScript and wrapped in native container. The native container loads maximum information on the page as soon as the user navigates the application.  Unlike native apps which are built using a specific set of tools and technologies for individual platforms, hybrid apps require web technologies like HTML, JavaScript and CSS.

Advantages of Hybrid App Development:

  • Faster app development
  • Simple and easy to maintain
  • Cross platform UI
  • Integrate with device file system
  • Less expensive app development and cost effective maintenance
  • Single code management for multiple mobile platforms

Disadvantages of Hybrid App Development:

  • Poor performance
  • Not native look & feel

Wrap Up!!

Both native and hybrid apps have their own pros and cons. So when ever you decided that you want an app for your business, you should consider all the factors like objectives  behind app development, your budget and time frame and other various factors. In my opinion for complex projects ( project with more features and functionality) native app development will be the best option and for the simple projects you can go with Hybrid.

We at Code Apex have a team for both hybrid and native app development. If need right guidance and want to develop app, get in touch with us at “business@code-apex.com”.