Native vs. Hybrid: Let’s face It

Like most of the entrepreneurs, you have make up your mind to develop the mobile application on cross-platform. But a question may confuse you whether to develop a Native or Hybrid app. Then this article is exclusively for you. Here we have discussed the pros and the cons of both the platform.

To start with the discussion it is important to explain what each of these apps implies. How they are significant for a professional Android development company and iOS app development company viewpoint. Broadly speaking, a native app, is a platform specific mobile application which a user can download from the App store. It works faster than hybrid applications and leverages the entire potential of the platform. A hybrid application is a mix blend of web code and native SDK elements. They are available on play store and can be downloaded on the device or access directly through a web browser.

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Let’s take a deeper dive.

Native Applications

The first native application was developed in 2008. They are available in the language like Java (Android), Objective-C or Swift (iOS). Native mobile applications are uniquely built for the specific mobile operating system. These apps are installed directly on the user’s device.

Advantage:

1. They can work offline and does not require any cache memory or data, once downloaded.

2. They’re user-friendly and provides a simple interface to its users for any operating system.

3. Offers seamless mobile experience.

4. Security concerns are more or less the same as hybrid applications, but Android or iOS models have inbuilt security models.

5. It offers great speed to its users.

Disadvantage:

1. It does not offers cross- platform integration which means the whole app coding needs to be changed while switching to another framework.

2. They lack in regular updates because you need a professional help every time to make the slightest change in your mobile application.

3. It also requires third party monitoring, before you proceed on your app on the app store.

Hybrid application

Developing Hybrid application is smart way out for developing the mobile application. It uses cross-platform compatible technologies like HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, etc. Hybrid applications can be developed easily as compared to native apps. At the same time, hybrid apps are cheaper and offers solid user experience as it cannot hold all the features of device hardware.

Advantage:

1. They are adaptable to multiple platform i.e. same code can be reused for Android, iOS, and Windows platform.

2. You can change your responsive application into the mobile app within few minutes with the help of support frameworks and plugins.

3. The applications which are put on the app store can benefit the developer of being in the app store environment without developing a native application for a particular operating system.

4. It offers big open source development language support which gives huge space for support and a lot of documentation.

Disadvantage

1. It has some functionalities which require the internet.

2. It possesses some security issues like SSL and does not provide any native security support.

3. These applications have heavy animations and sound effects which disturb the performance of the application.

4. These apps can’t be viewed without a distinct web view in different platforms.

Now that you understood everything about Native and Hybrid applications, you can decide between them which one fits your requirement. It all depends on your application features and your future plans too.

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