Hybrid v/s Native Mobile apps: How to Decide

It is a simple fundamental saying that “Customer experience for mobile is crucial in your business.” Understanding the nitty-gritty world of Hybrid vs. Native Mobile Apps, there is an important aspect of mobiles that one should understand. Smartphones or tablets are personal devices. If anybody loses his/her phone, then it becomes a major priority for the respective person to find it or get a replacement. And when the device is with you, one expects it to be responsive and reliable. Almost every mobile user has same expectation from its mobile phone.

Mobile apps are similar. 79% of consumers would retry a mobile app only once or twice, and only 16 percent would give it more than two attempts. So a mobile app development company gets one chance to get it right.

Here in this article, you’ll understand that the user experience trumps everything else when it comes to mobile. It is an understood answer if anybody asks which apps work well Native or Hybrid? Then you will certainly reply Hybrid apps don’t perform as well as native apps. But make sure you’re aware that Native app lacks user experience.


Hybrid apps and Native apps – A quick overview

Hybrid applications

A hybrid application is a mixture of web code and native SDK elements. These applications can be downloaded from the play store to use it on the device or access directly through a web browser. It is easier to develop hybrid applications but slower compared to the native apps development process. At the same time, hybrid apps are cheaper and offers solid user experience as it cannot hold all the features of device hardware.

Advantages of using hybrid applications

1. They are cheaper to develop

2. Can develop application faster

3. Quickly access to hardware and software capabilities

4. They’re easily portable (one code base, multiple platforms)

The hybrid application development is using technologies like HTML5, CSS, Javascript, Phonegap/Cordova, Appcelerator Titanium.

Native apps

Native apps are developed for a particular platform which a user can download from the App store. It leverages the entire potential of the platform and works faster than hybrid applications. The major drawback of the native applications is that it is not very feasible to run a single native application on multiple platforms i.e. Android or iOS, etc. So a mobile app developer is required to develop a dedicated mobile app for each platform. No, hybrid app can provide an excellent user experience of native apps.

Advantages of using a native app:

1. Offers a rich user experience

2. It provides the usage of native features like contact list, camera, etc.

3. Such applications help to integrate or update new features frequently

4. It helps in cross platform development

5. They are highly secured

6. Offers seamless mobile experience

The native application development is using technologies like Swift, Objective-C, Java, C++, C#, J2ME.

Which one to choose?

The decisive factor in choosing between the two entirely depends on the requirement. Native app development is recommended when you want to give rich user experience to your users. But if you’re in a hurry and want to deliver in in the market asap then you can go with the hybrid app. But on the whole, if you’re seeking for massive downloads go with native mobile app development. They will fetch you repeated customers with your rich user experience. It all depends on upon your requirement, budget, and time limit.

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