Native VS Hybrid Mobile App Development: Which is Best?

May 8, 2014

In the mobile realm, android, iOS, Windows, Blackberry, etc. has continued to dominate the worldwide Smart devices market. As the marketplaces go, the App market of prominent leaders has broken the barrier and make way easy for anyone to sell their wares and that’s why it’s overflowed with apps. Mobile apps are no longer an option, they’re an unavoidable.

You need a mobile app, but the question is that where to start? No worry, now there are many factors that play a role in your mobile strategy, such as team’s development skills, necessary device functionality, security, capability, etc. Before you find one that’s just right to accomplish your needs, go over the basic Mobile App Development scenario and its pros and cons. To underscore the point, let us first understand what native and hybrid apps and which make them different? Our intent is that this blog helps you make the most informed decision possible.

Native app lives on the device for a specific operating system and can be installed through an application store like Apple’s App Store Google’s Play Store. This kind of app is developed specifically for one platform using the specific development tools and language that the respective platform supports, for example app developed for Android can be only used by Android users. Native apps look and perform the best.

Wrapped in a native container, the Hybrid app can be installed from app stores and the focal advantage of developing it is reliable, cross platform UI that is compatible with most devices. Just like web apps, it is developed using the power of HTML, JavaScript and CSS. It’s popular because it allows cross-platform development.

In a nutshell, while the Mobile development is a constantly moving target, the new mobile operating system come out native APIs; but afterward the container brings those to hybrid apps shortly, with the web taking great leaps every few years. Both have their own pro and cons, let’s summarize them here:

    • Development Cost and Time:
      Developing a hybrid app means a least amount of time consumed. It is inexpensive. In this, developer has to maintain just one code while the native app is a lot more expensive and required specialized skill of app developer for each platform. But it doesn’t mean that native apps is not decent because they have their own advantages.
    • User Interface & Experience:
      Native apps is the way to go if you want to provide a user experience that reliable with the operating system. It is right one for the best user experience because it is particularly developed for a specific app store with the majority of the other apps available. But when it comes to screen size and hardware capabilities, the Hybrid apps provide a good experience with just one app for all platforms.
    • Paid or Free app:
      With the best UI feature, it is recommended to develop paid apps as native apps; while, the free apps can be built as hybrid apps.
    • Platform Reach:
      Clients require their apps to be everywhere they want. The HTML based hybrid apps can accessible multiple devices at once whereas the native apps has restricted boundaries of specific platform.

Both are used today to cater the needs of the various mobile users. Hope this blog help you to understand about these both approach. Now let’s be honest, the selection between native and hybrid depends on what your business’ unique needs, what is the expectation of the users and what are your core development requirements. This is where you need certified mobile app development company technology and expertise that build the high quality interfaces with the performance characteristics using the appropriate approach.

With Softqube Technologies, there is no reason to choose native or hybrid. Whether you need a help to develop a mobile, web app, or appealing website, contact us. As leading mobile app development provider, we provide the best unique solution of both worlds to meet your business needs.

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Nitin Suvagiya

He is working with Softqube Technologies as Director, since 2009. He has over 15+ years of experience in Microsoft Technologies, working as a CEO and also providing consultation in DevOps as he is DevOps certified. He has good expertise in UX/UI designing in any application.

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