There is always the debate between native and hybrid when it comes to apps and choosing this happens to be the first step when you sit down to design an app. So, what is the difference between the two? Read on as we briefly describe it for you!
Native App vs. Hybrid App
A native app is written specifically for a particular operating system or platform while a hybrid app can be used across various platforms. A native app is written in JAVA (Android) or Objective C or Swift (iOS) while a hybrid app is typically written using HTML, JS and CSS and then complied into the code specific to the OS platforms using certain technologies.
As a leading mobile app development company, we have worked on both kinds of apps. Usually, businesses find hybrid apps more lucrative and would like to invest in them. Here are a few things that we recommend you have in mind before you delve into developing a hybrid app.
Consistent User Interface and Branding
In our experience as a mobile app development company, businesses usually require apps to be available across platforms as this increases their brand reputation from a consumer perspective. A hybrid app ensures that there is cross platform consistency when it comes to user interface and they can be written once and run anywhere which is a great advantage.
When it is all about accessibility
Having an app that is present across platforms and facilitates downloads from every mobile app store is very important and this sort of accessibility is something businesses vie for. Whether a user looks for the app in the Google Play Store, App Store or Windows Phone App Store, it should be available for download and this is where having a hybrid app helps – they are available across platforms.
When speed isn’t paramount
We admit that hybrid apps aren’t faster than native ones as they require a lot of loading time when compared to native ones and when you compare them to web apps, not requiring network connection could slow down hybrid apps. As a leading Android application development company, we recommend that when speed isn’t a very crucial factor, you can go with hybrid apps.
Minimum Development time
Since hybrid apps are mostly based on HTML, the components are already there and they are pre-written in many cases. All you need to do is make use of it for your app and this quickens the development process. If time is of essence, go with Hybrid apps! In our experience in Android application development and across platform app development, we find this to be one of the most popular reasons for hybrid apps being chosen by developers.
Smooth Integration is possible with hybrid apps
When you are looking at cross platform presence and being consistent across platforms, hybrid apps are the solution because they offer seamless integration. They employ their own code to sync with devices and this facilitates an easy and smooth integration with camera, messaging services, GPS
and so on.
To sum it up, a hybrid app is preferable or is preferred in most cases due to its ability to run on any device, lower cost of development, lesser time consumed when it comes to conceiving an idea for an app and then taking it the market and of course the other reasons that we have described at length
above. When you look at whether you should go with native apps or hybrid ones, it is important that you keep all these factors in mind. Focusing solely on time and cost alone would be misleading; as a mobile app development company, we recommend that you keep these factors in mind as well!