It has never been easy and it never will be, to choose or decide whether to build a hybrid or native mobile app. This has always remained the unanswered question so far for the app development companies as well as for app entrepreneurs. The prime reason for that could be because of ever changing demand and need of client or business even when we merely consider the growth parameter. As mobile has become an integral part of our life, receiving information through app interaction and communication is not the only thing but also the device needs to be responsive, reliable and respond fast in today’s speedy world.
It is the business who needs to first of all understand the difference and then identify based on the needs of its nature, which one is suitable according to project requirement. Most of the competitive comparison we have cascade here that might help you to make an informed decision; however, prior to that, these are the few determinant points for a business to determine the type of mobile app and its development methodology to go for such as project budget, performance, device type, target audiences and their choices, security and scalability, resources and so on.
Developing a solution design sometimes becomes challenging provided the complexity of client’s requirements and IT environment. There is a mobile app for everything nowadays; more importantly, the users interact with companies via their mobile devices. The foremost thought that a company should comprise of when entering into mobile app development is the approach and their take on the entire project. Whether they would like to have a greater outreach product approach by building a native application that integrates into their platform of their choice (Android or iOS) or rather would be interested in taking a lesser viable product approach by quickly developing a hybrid application which can be released across platforms? Let’s get on to the nitty-gritty of it…
A Glance: Hybrid vs Native apps
Advantages of Hybrid app:
- Access to build on single codebase and use it on multiple platforms, hence easy portability
- Single codebase so as to be cost effective in developing and maintenance costs
- Quick time-to-market
- Faster development cycle
- No need of learning mobile platform specific language
Disadvantages of Hybrid app:
- Restricted to controls/ navigational elements
- Medium performance
- No access to in-built functionalities like camera, calendar, GPS, etc hence user experience is affected
- Adaptability to different OS can lead in experiencing lapse/interruptions in interaction with the mobile app
Native app: These apps are written in the programming language for a specific operating system or platform. Developers use Objective-C or Swift for iOS and Java for Android. Native apps have better performance with rendering and animations as compared to hybrid apps. Moreover, these apps are nurtured for a particular mobile OS and hence have to follow specific user experience and technical guidelines. There is a ‘feel right factor’ associated with native app which means that a user feels the consistency with almost every other native apps on the device without any discrepancy. Which in-turn enhances a user’s navigational capacity and allows to use app faster. More importantly, native applications have benchmark advantage to easily access and utilize the device’s in-built functionalities such as GPS, Address Book, Camera, etc. Device’s app like, Messages, Pictures, Music app are few examples of native applications.
Advantages of Native app:
- Developed in platform specific language
- Separate code for each platform
- Fastest and quick responsive user experience
- Internet connection not required
- Outreach to target audience is easy for businesses as it is easy to discover in app stores
- Access to device’s hardware/ software
Disadvantages of Native app:
- Higher cost and development time
- Diversified investment of time, resources and talent
- Native app development is difficult as developers have to have thorough knowledge of particular mobile language
- Need to use different API process and language for Android and iOS
Deciding Factors To Be The Ultimate Champion:
It is of course hard to give all the credits and to announce a particular app development as winner; however, there are certain deciding factors upon which one can decide:
- Performance Uniformity of App: It is also one of the important factor as it is based on an user’s perception of how the design of application works alongside with the responsive time, load time, device memory, frame rate, etc. Since, native app is build on platform specific language, undoubtedly will excel positive user experience. Hence, native app clearly has an upper hand in this parameter.
- Release Cycle: Release cycle matter, matters alot! The frequency of release cycles has gone short now. Hybrid apps, inculcate the updated version automatically and hence, users are not required to update from the app store. It does result in significant change in user experience. On the contrary, native apps have to be updated by the users. It’s an individual’s choice as frequent mobile app updates may not work effectively for every user and may lead to uninstalling the said mobile app.
- Budget and Timeline: Businesses have to have an eye for detail for budget and timeline while developing mobile application as both of them runs simultaneously and are important factors. If your business could incur the expense and mobile app project is not hanging on deadline than one should opt for native application development. Hybrid app development will be pocket friendly in comparison to native development. Calculate the resources you are going to allocate to develop the app will help you in making a wise decision.
In a nutshell, there is no universal rule book for mobile app development or answer to the winner of Hybrid vs Native app development fight. Trained developers have now started with custom-made approach as per the industry needs and demands. Still, if you are experimenting with new ideas and approach, hybrid app works best.