Native Apps vs Hybrid Apps – Which One to Choose

Nov 22, 2021 | Mobile Apps | 0 comments

Almost for a decade now, mobile apps have become a kingpin of innovation. With the growing market of smartphone devices, most of the organizations are adopting ways to incorporate mobile apps in their business flow, in order to enhance their market outreach.

For the development of a mobile app, organizations have to do detailed planning about various types of processes. Well, before going for app development, you have to decide upon the way in which you would like to create and deploy the app. During the preliminary research for the development of a mobile app, you might have found a couple of ways.

Most of the companies face a common challenge, such as, what should be built – native app or hybrid app? Which will be the best for the organization? The answers to the queries depend on factors such as the following:

  • The speedy development of the app
  • Whether the organization opt for in-house development
  • The objective of building the app
  • Budget to develop the app
  • Features required in the app

Let us take a look at each option systematically along with their pros and cons to help us choose between Native and Hybrid

Native Applications

Native apps are programmed to work with specific operating systems. An app coded for iOS will not work with Android and vice-versa. Native mobile apps follow particular guidelines to enhance user experience. Developers can build apps that leverage all the features of an operating system. Native applications required developing separate apps for each platform. Hence, the development of such apps can take more time and cost. The benefit though, being better performance.

Technology Stack

The development of native apps in Android and iOS requires different frameworks.

iOS uses:

  • Objective-C: A programming language that has phenomenal development experience and many available libraries. It is also compatible with other programming technologies.
  • Swift: Swift is the new programming language from Apple and replaces Objective C. It also has better performance than Objective-C. Today, all of the latest applications are using Swift for the sheer power and smoother user experience it can create.

Android uses:

  • Java: This language is not only used for mobile applications but also for desktop and web development. It provides developers access to a compelling library to be able to access the different Android OS features.
  • Kotlin: This programming language was specifically developed to work with Java for Android. Google supports Kotlin for Android development and offers it as an alternative to the Java compiler in Android Studio. Kotlin reduces the time required for programming in app development.

Advantages of Native App Development

Enhanced User Experience

Native apps can also better utilize offline mode capabilities. Focusing on a single platform increases the efficiency of the app. The combination of all these factors improves the overall user experience.

Improved Performance

When an app is coded for a particular operating system, it has high-performance metrics. This is due to better optimization of memory and storage achieved through code. Native mobile apps are also easier to maintain and update.

Better Security

Unlike hybrid apps, native apps can fully utilize the hardware capabilities. Hence, it offers high data security to users. Can read more about the security of apps here.

Functionality

Native app development offers access to the latest features as soon as they launched so developers can easily integrate them within the app.

Personalization

Native apps can help adjust the layouts. With these apps, you can have the best design while delivering an excellent user experience.

Disadvantages of Native App Development

Cost

With the increased complications of developing native mobile apps, the price increases too. The need for excellent resources and experienced developers makes the entire process expensive.

Time-Consuming

Since applications need to be developed separately for both platforms, it requires more time. Even developing one native app takes more time than a hybrid mobile app.

Hybrid Applications

While native apps are developed for a particular platform, hybrid apps have cross-platform properties. This means that hybrid apps can run over multiple platforms. Developers can make one application that will run on both iOS and Android. These applications can be viewed as websites put into containers. Mostly they use the rendering engine of the built-in operating system browsers.

Technology Stack

The three most popular frameworks for hybrid app development are as follows.

  • React Native – This is an open-source, cross-platform compatible software developed by Facebook. It offers a simple UI, high performance, and short development times.
  • Xamarin – This open-sourced framework is maintained and strongly supported by Microsoft. Xamarin is suitable for simple apps and is easy to maintain. It is usually the choice for business-driven projects.
  • Ionic – Ionic produces mobile apps with technologies like JavaScript, CSS, and HTML. It is easy to learn and has a simple UI but can be challenging to maintain. With the advent of React Native, the sheen of Ionic has faded away.

Advantages of Hybrid App Development

Accessible Across Multiple Platforms

Hybrid applications can run on both iOS and Android with the same base code since they do not have to develop separate codes for both platforms.

Saves Time

One code will run on both iOS and Android platforms. A hybrid app developer only has to work on a single code, making it very time-efficient.

Easy Maintenance

Since there is only one base code, it becomes effortless to update the program. There is no need for the user to download the latest version to fix a bug.

Pocket-Fixing

Only one base program needs to be built for both platforms, which drastically decreases development costs. As a result, it is much cheaper than native mobile apps.

Disadvantages of Hybrid App Development

Internet Connection Required

Since in some cases they are basically websites wrapped in native apps, you need to be connected to the internet to use all features. This might not be true in the case of React Native.

Insufficient User Interface

As the interface needs to be compatible with both platforms, several functions are compromised. UI in hybrid apps is not as strong as native apps.

Native App Developer Involvement

Many functionality issues in hybrid mobile apps require a native app developer to solve them which could lead to additional costs.

FEATURES NATIVE HYBRID
Cost High development costs  Comparatively cheaper
Performance  Great performance metrics  Downgraded by a bit
Channel Hosted in the OS  Hosted on the web
H/W Utilization  Can utilize maximum power  Can only leverage some features
User Interface  User-friendly  Restricted user interface
Maintenance Challenging to maintain  Easy maintenance
Used For  Single platform app with high optimization  Apps that need to work on multiple platforms

 

Conclusion

As described above, both sets of technologies have their unique advantages and disadvantages. While you can choose native to build the best user experience and responsiveness within the app backed with state of the art features, the cost can go high.

With Hybrid you can start with lower investment and still build an app, costs could increase with complexity. That being said, it’s worth using especially to test the waters.

Don’t think about the concept of native vs hybrid app. A few questions that you should ask yourself before choosing technology would be about your timeline, budget, complexity in features (Are you building something that pushes the technology envelope), the security requirement, and so on.

At AppleTech, we have the experience and the expertise to build Native as well as Hybrid apps. Reach out to us today with your concept and see it transform into reality.

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