Native App Development vs. Hybrid and Web App Building

The native app, a hybrid app, or a web app? This question is rather debatable, as each option has its pros and cons.

This article compares the unique aspects of native vs hybrid app, as well as native vs web app. After reading, you will be able to decide whether native app development is the right fit for you or whether hybrid or web apps are worth a shot in your project idea, startup, or business.

Native App Development

Android and iOS are the two main operating systems with the greatest popularity (99.6%) in the mobile app market (WinPhone and Blackberry — alternative OS).

  • Android OS — the most popular, designed by Google for touchscreen mobile devices, uses Java or Kotlin as native programming languages.
  • iOS — created by Apple Inc. solely for its hardware;uses Objective-C or, currently, Swift as a programming language in native iOS development

Here are some additional details about native iOS development:

Advantages of native apps:

  • Flawless performance
  • Great UX/UI design
  • Good integration with a device
  • Better security & reliability
  • Integration of sophisticated features
  • Ability to operate offline
  • Up-to-date SDK and tools for developers

Disadvantages of native applications:

  • Initially higher costs
  • Complex maintenance
  • The necessity of capable tech specialists
  • App content requirement
  • 30% commissions from app marketplaces

When it is advisable to choose native app development:

  • when high app performance is necessary
  • in order to keep up with competitors in instances of similar app ideas or markets
  • when the app market niche is unoccupied, start with unique first product version (MVP).
  • when time is on your side and it is possible to plan everything in advance and wait 6 months before app launch
  • if you plan to scale and update the app on a constant basis

Hybrid App Development

A hybrid app is one of the categories within cross-platform app development allowing quick app launch with minimum expenses.

Types of cross-platform mobile applications:

A hybrid app is a combination of a native and a web app and is defined as a website at heart with a native app as its external sheath. One difference between a native and a hybrid app is that the latter is developed with the help of HTML, JavaScript, or CSS at its core, and is then given a thin native shell with WebView to access the native system functionality.

Popular cross-platform mobile development tools are:

  • PhoneGap & Apache Cordova
  • Ionic
  • Xamarin
  • NativeScript

Pros of hybrid mobile app development:

  • Quicker development
  • Easier development
  • Flexible UX/UI development for smaller projects
  • Cost-efficient for simple projects

Cons of hybrid apps:

  • Performance issues
  • User experience issues
  • Possible integration problems
  • Issues with updates
  • Lack of integrity with a device
  • Issues with the app stores

Mobile Web Apps: A Quick Overview

A web app is a software program that uses web technologies (HTML, JavaScript, CSS), runs on a web browser, and performs tasks via the internet. Native as well as a hybrid mobile apps are available in the app marketplace, while web apps are accessible as websites via a mobile browser (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc.). You do not need to download them and can create a bookmark on your smartphone menu. Web apps as opposed to native applications, are another kind of a cross-functional application that can operate on all devices.

Conclusion: Go Native!

A native app vs hybrid vs web app: which should you choose?

The web app solution as opposed to the hybrid or native, is the least expensive option, but offers minimum functionality. On contrary, though they are the most expensive, native apps provide the best quality, performance, and user interaction. Cross-functional applications are somewhere in between, with a native “feel & look” but with lower performance.

Choose not the affordable app option, but rather the one that fits the market needs and provides the most value to the target audience.

All in all, it is better to go for native app development, as it offers the most possibilities for customization, facilitation, and optimization of your application in future, and also eliminates the risk of the app being banned from the app stores.

This is a brief summary of an article published on MLSDev blog. If you would like to learn more about native, hybrid, and web apps, read the full article.

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