Mobile applications are the lifeline of smartphone and as we all know we can’t spend a minute without it. Do you know how many types of the app there are? If you don’t then don’t worry because we do, apps generally categorized into two types, hybrid apps and Native apps. So, let’s find out more about them and then at the end of the blog we’ll find out which one is better in hybrid VS native app development section.
Hybrid VS Native App Development – Overview
Google Play Store and Apple Store are full of useful applications and some of them are developed on the native platform and some of them are developed on a hybrid platform. Let’s check out about hybrid app development and native app development in detail one by one –
Native App Development
Native apps as its name suggest, designed for specific mobile platforms written in a designated programming language. For instance, objective-c/Swift is used for developing apps for IOS whereas Java is used for the Android app development. Furthermore, the design, behaviour and appearance are different on each platform.
Advantages of Native apps
- Smooth performance for applications, games, animations, graphics, etc.
- Easy access to all the device features through SDK.
- Less dependent on open-source platforms like Cordova and Ionic
Disadvantages of Native Apps
- Time-consuming in nature as you have to build apps separately for each platform.
- Added cost for developing apps for different platforms.
- You cannot release apps on the same date because of different codes.
- You need a skill set required for the development on the respective platform.
Hybrid App Development
We know that not all apps are native apps on app stores some of them are hybrid as well. So what are hybrid apps and how hybrid app development goes? Unlike native apps, Hybrid apps are a combination of native apps and web applications. Therefore, hybrid apps are created with web languages like HTML, CSS, and others.
You might be surprised to know that popular applications like Instagram and Uber are hybrid in nature. Interestingly, the apple store’s development is hybrid in nature.
Advantages of Hybrid apps
- Unlike native apps, you have to build a single code for an application and it will anywhere.
- Unlike native app development, hybrid app development doesn’t require a separate team for developing apps for other platforms.
- Hybrid is web-based so can run on any web browser.
- Sane hardware-based performance can be achieved by hybrid apps.
- Consistent experience on different devices and platforms.
Disadvantages of Hybrid Apps
- Unlike Native apps, hybrid apps have performance issues when it comes to high-graphics, game and 3d animations.
- Unable to access devices features if the native plug-ins are different.
- Dependent on other open-source platforms for libraries and frameworks which further add complexity when new version releases.
Both native and hybrid apps have their pros and cons, therefore, it’s really hard to say which one is the best. Anyway, it is entirely dependent on what kind of application you want what is your need. Furthermore, it also depends on the resources and the management of the application in future.