Hybrid Mobile app vs Native Mobile app


The moment you consider investing in mobile apps, you are immediately faced with one question whether to build a native app or a hybrid app? And which is most suitable for your app?
Mobile app development companies come across people who are curious and confused deciding on how to approach their mobile apps.
 Before we start explaining the difference between a hybrid and native app, there is one aspect of mobile device that everyone should be aware of. Mobile phones are a very personal device and hence all of us want our mobiles to be responsive and fast. We want our phones to give us answers in a few seconds.
 Native Apps:
 When we think of an app, native app is what appears in our mind. An app is downloaded from the app store or play store, you click on the icon after installing and use them.
 What distinguishes native apps from hybrid app is that they are designed    and coded for a specific kind of device. For example – iPhone apps are written in Objective- C/Swift and Android apps in Java etc.
 Each platform has their own development tools, interface elements and standardised SDK.
 Advantages of Native apps:
1)They offer the fastest and most reliable experience to users.
2)They can tap into the functionality of the device; including the camera, microphone, compass, accelerometer and swipe gestures.
3)They use push notifications for alerting the users every time a new piece of content is published. They is a key method of engagement. This helps in bringing back your audience.
4)Users are spending more time on apps which is increasing its popularity.
5)For big budget projects, native apps are most suitable offering the best user experience.
 The main disadvantage with a native app is it will not work on other devices. If you write an app in Swift for iOS, it will not work on an Android device. When building for multiple platforms, native apps can be very expensive as you will have to build separate versions of your app.
Hybrid apps
Building a hybrid app is quicker and are cheaper than native apps.
The app is built using cross compatible web technologies like HTML5, CSS and javascript. It requires some native code as well to have access to the wider functionality of the device.
Advantages of Hybrid App:
1)A small portion of the native code has to re- written for other platforms.
2)Faster and easier to develop
3)Maintaining is easy and can switch platforms.
4)It is cheaper than native apps but that also depends on how close you want it to get to the native user experience.
The disadvantage of having a hybrid app is that the performance will not be as good as a native app.
One big advantage with hybrid app is that it is built on one single core, adding a functionality and making different versions will benefit all where as in a native app, for every additional functionality that you want to add, it will have to be replicated on each platform.

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