Native and Hybrid App – Which to Choose?
Are you in ambiguity to choose between native and hybrid mobile app? Both have their own benefits and your decision will depend on the type of app you need, features, your business model, and budget deserved for it. In this article, we’ll help you choose the best that fits your requirement best:
First, let’s see what is native and hybrid app and the differences between them.
Native app (commonly called mobile app) is an app that is developed for a specific platform (s), which user can download from the app store and use on their smartphone. It leverages the full potential of the platform and gets the most of the hardware. It works faster than hybrid app. When it comes to drawback of native app, it is not very feasible and effective to run one native app on multiple platforms (Android, iOS, etc.), so you have to develop a dedicated app for each platform. It offers a rich user experience that any other app can’t do.
Hybrid app is a combination of web code and native SDK elements, which you can download from the play store to use it on your device (of any type) or directly access through a web browser on any device. It is easier and quicker to develop, but it is slower compared to native app. It is cheaper to develop, but it can’t give a solid user experience as it can’t have all the features of device hardware (such as camera, GPS, Bluetooth etc.)
Consider developing a native app if:
• You want to offer a rich user experience
• You want to use the native features like contact list, camera, etc.
• You want to integrate or update new features regularly and easily
• You want to develop for only one platform first and later expand it to another, or you are able to afford both
• You concern security seriously
• You want seamless (lag free) mobile experience
• Your app is a game
• You are not hurry to introduce your app
Consider developing a hybrid app if:
• You are not expecting much from your app to engage users
• Your budget is limited
• You want to release the app ASAP
• Your app doesn’t need to make use of any native features
Technologies Used in Native App Development:
Technologies Used in Hybrid App Development:
• Appcelerator Titanium
Which to Choose – Hybrid App or Native App?:
Your requirement is the decisive factor here. If you want to give rich user experience, then native app development is recommended. If you feel your app users can endure a bit of slowed movements, you can go with hybrid app. If it is a utility app, hybrid app can be the best way to go. But if your app’s purpose is gaming, photo, and video editing, native app is a right choice.
Though the cost is a bit expensive, you are suggested to go with native mobile app development to bring more repeated customers by offering rich user experience. The final decision depends on your deep requirements and budget.