Difference between Native & Hybrid App Development

Difference between Native & Hybrid App Development

Majority of the developers in this generation faces a dilemma and are unable to decide if they want to develop a Native App or Hybrid app? There are still many misconceptions about app development especially when it comes to mobile. Moving in the world of mobile, many of the developers face the very common issue of deciding on the type of app they want to develop. The decision of deciding the type of app developers wishes to build solely depends on the demands and needs of the company such as:

  • The speed of the app
  • Scope of in-house development of the app
  • What will you be able to accomplish with the help of this app
  • Your allotted budget for this app
  • What features you require the app to have?

To help you decide lets first understand what is native and hybrid app?

Native App:

Native apps are those which are built for a particular operating system and can be accessed only from one dedicated app store. Native apps are those downloaded from App store or Google Play. Android applications are developed with the help of Java, Windows, C++ etc and can be accessed only by the android users. On the other hand the development of iOS application takes place using XCode/Objective-C. The process of development is time consuming and involves lot of investment.

Hybrid App:

Hybrid app is a combination of native and web applications. It is featured with incorporation of operating system features and can be distributed through the app stores like native app. Hybrid app is compatible to use cross compatible technologies. Hybrid apps can be developed without much of your efforts and requires less maintenance. The speed of your hybrid app is linked with the speed of the user’s browser.

To get a clarity on which type of app is better, let’s now understand the difference between Native & Hybrid Apps:

TopicNative AppHybrid App
DetailingDevelopment of App It is a single app coded
takes place only for the with the help of web
those platforms which language and can be involves the usage of easily ported to platform SDK,tools and under a native container languages
It is a single app coded with the help of web language and can be easily ported to platform under a native container
Developing LanguageNative app developments for Android phone are developed using Eclipse, Java. Whereas, iOS development is based on xCode and Objective-C. Windows uses more of Visual Studio and C#Hybrid apps are developed using a web language which involves HTML 5, CSS and JavaScript
ComplexityDifficult and more complex to codeComparatively less complex to code
User ExperienceBetter and satisfactory user experienceWhen compared to native apps less user experience
PerformanceIt serves the users with faster and better experienceIt serves the users with less user experience than native apps
PortabilityDifficult to port to other systemsCan be easily ported to other systems
IntegrationVaried features like camera, address book, geo-location including other native features of the device can be easily integrated into the native appsYou may find it difficult to integrate some features of the device.
InvestmentAs Native apps are written with more complex languages, designs and structures, it demands more investmentHybrid apps can be developed with low investment

You must have got answers to many of your questions after understanding the difference between Native & Hybrid Development. To make it easier for you to decide, several questions that can be asked by you before making your decision is:

✔ How quickly do you wish to drag it into the market?

✔ Have you separated the budget for developers in iOS and Android?

✔ How often do you need to update your mobile app?

✔ Do you wish to create the best user experience?

So which one should your firm choose?

To make the right choice it’s important to make yourself clear with the pros and cons of both Native and Hybrid Apps. Ultimately your final decision will be laid upon the needs of your business.

After deciding on the type of app you wish to develop, it’s important to share your ideas with the app developers who can actually put your ideas into implementation. Outsourcing app development is effective than developing it in-house. At Weetech we help you choose the right app matching your ideas and the right implementation of the same.

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