Over the past few years, smartphones have evolved from a mode of communication into a hyperactive way of life. Owing to the increasing usagesof smartphones, the popularity of mobile apps has reached the sky as well. Almost every millennial is switching to different apps to meet their daily needs – from shopping online to booking flight tickets to watching movies and the likes. In this app-driven age, if you aspire to succeed as an entrepreneur, you must leverage your brand value via unique and intuitive mobile apps. Stuck in a dilemma between native and hybrid apps? Let’s find out which one should be your priority topper –
What is A Native App?
The apps that are created for a specific platform or operating system such as iOSor Android, falls under this category. Generally, these platform specific apps are developed using IDEs (integrated Development Environment) and dedicated SDKs (Software Development Kit). As a native app is built for a specific platform, it is capable of running in a particular environment only. Running across multiple platforms is not a possibility for this kind of app. Now, let’s find out the boons and banes of a native app–
Boons : –
- Native apps are responsive, effective and agile
- Besides ensuring a quicker execution, these apps provide a more seamless performance as compared to the hybrid ones
- As mentioned earlier, the native apps are developed for a specific platform. Hence, they can make the most of the characteristic aspects of a target environment. This results in a better user-experience
- As compared to the hybrid ones, the native apps provide greater security and privacy
- The native SDKs can access different device features without having to deal with the complexities of native plugins
- These kinds of apps don’t depend on open source platforms or libraries such as Ionic, Cordova, and the likes.
- A completely unique coding is required to make a native app run on any other platform
- It is more time-consuming and resource intensive
- It’s not at all cost-effective
Everything about Hybrid Apps –
Built to run on different platforms and across a variety of devices, the hybrid apps are absolutely different beasts, altogether. This means that just a single application can run across multiple platforms, seamlessly and smoothly. The need of cross-platform technologies step in, when it comes to creating hybrid applications. One of the best things about a hybrid app is that it is accessible to almost every native platform mainly because it performs similarly to a native app.
- A hybrid app can run across multiple platforms
- It can achieve the similar hardware-oriented performance acceleration like a native application
- The hybrid apps are more cost-effective than the native ones
- Updating or even modifying a hybrid app is an easy deal
- A hybrid app is incapable of providing a faster performance
- It cannot provide optimum user-experience
- It is more likely to become buggy, thanks to its extensive target base
- A hybrid app cannot spell much security or privacy
Confused? Don’t Be!
From the abovementioned discussion, it’s clear that both native and hybrid apps have their fair share of advantages and disadvantages. Understanding your business requirements, goals, priorities, skillsets and budget, you can make a wise selection between a hybrid and native application. Count on a team of skilled, knowledgeable and experienced mobile app developers to get the best result.