It is very important for a mobile application development company to know the tastes and preferences of its customers. In this age of technical revolution the up-gradation of mobile technologies has become an aspect of prime importance. Currently, there are several mobile systems available in the market. Now the question definitely arises-which one is better to build-native apps or hybrid apps? In short it can be said that a native application is a program which is executable and is developed for usage on specific device or platform. On the other hand, a hybrid application created by a hybrid app development company involves the flexibilities of web apps and the abilities of native apps. This blog will help you in understanding the basic differences between the two along with a comparative analysis.
Few important points that are to be considered for both native app development and hybrid applications are given below:
- Unlike hybrid apps, native apps have original UI
- Effort to write a native app is tough as compared to that of a hybrid app.
- The native apps can offer fastest speed provided the developers have got the right technical skills and necessary knowledge
- Both native and hybrid apps have to adhere to certain rules for getting published in Apple’s app store or Google Play.
- Developing a single hybrid app is less expensive as compared to development of a separate app for every platform.
From this blog you can have knowledge between these two apps on the basis of technical and non-technical aspects.
Technical Aspects of native and hybrid applications:
- Languages: For native applications only native languages can be used. For hybrid applications both web languages and native languages are used.
- Platforms: Each native app has to be built for single platform but for hybrid each app built will be applicable for multiple platforms.
- User Interface: The native apps are attractive because they are functionally rich. Hybrid apps involves the necessity to record web technology usage and hence do not give users a fully native experience.
- Access to native APIs: For hybrid apps the chance is moderate and for the native apps it is high.
- Updating: The hybrid apps are regularly updated from the app store and the apps code can be updated without market. For updating native apps it requires support of several versions and complex parts of server. To see the changes it is necessary to update the whole app. The apps code is being updated through market.
- Compatibility with other apps: For native apps the compatibility issue is higher and for hybrid apps it is lower.
- Ecosystem: The ecosystem of hybrid apps is limited by the developers’ community solutions and third party plug ins. A native app has a rich ecosystem of tools.
- Navigation: Native apps have got built-in navigation schemes. For hybrid apps the Web-view facilitates to combine native app capabilities with existing content on the web.
- Frameworks: Hybrid apps have got different frameworks like PhoneGap, Rubymotion, Sencha Touch. For native apps the APIs are provided by the OS.
A hybrid app development company has to understand the prospective ways to develop your product by utilizing effort, time and money amicably. The preferences of potential customers are of great significance for both hybrid and native app development.
Comparative analysis based on non-technical aspects:
- Stores: Hybrid apps are available in Google Play, Apple app store and Microsoft Windows Store. Native apps are also available in Play store, Windows store and Apple app store.
- Learning aspect: Developers can learn hybrid app making quickly because the knowledge of one framework will allow making apps for all platforms. Learning quotient for native apps is higher as it is necessary to know development for each platform.
- Market Launch Time: Hybrid apps take less than six months to get launched in the market. Native apps on the other hand, take six or more months to get launched.
- Cost of Development: Hybrid apps are cheaper and native apps are expensive.
- Allocation of Cash: For native apps separate financing is needed for each platform. In case of hybrid apps it is done through a single stream.
- Internet Connectivity: For hybrid apps internet connection is needed because web part is to be renewed. But if html is downloaded on a device then internet is not needed. In case of native apps internet connection is required for app updation from the market, for API-Client apps.
This blog has roughly focused on some details attributes of hybrid and native app development. The pros and cons are being discussed to enable a hybrid app development company decide on effective strategies. For individual use native apps are preferred and for business purpose hybrid apps the best options.