Hybrid vs. Native Apps: Which Option is the best for your Business?

Technology / September, 02 2020

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Mobile Application Development:

Smartphones are in almost every human hand across the globe. It would not be wrong to state that the Mobile Apps are ruling over the minds of nearly all Smartphone users. Mobile Application Development has now become one of the most flourishing industries in the world.

As we know, smartphones function over different Mobile Operating Systems. In the Smartphone world, iOS, Android, and Windows are pre-dominantly the leading platforms to operate. Apps are designed as per the need of each of these platforms using different tools.

This is where the approach of Native and Hybrid Apps comes into the picture. We are going to correlate two leading modes of App Development to help you determine which is better for your business needs. So, if you are a business looking to enhance your market outreach, a mobile app can do the needful.

However, getting it right from the first time is imperative. You can do that by opting for the right mobile app development approach. In this context, you have two options. While one is the Native App development approach, the other one is the Hybrid App development approach.

Introduction:

Hybrid App Development:

This methodology comprises the development of apps that are capable of functioning on multiple platforms. It is like an “All-Rounder” app. An App Developer has to create a single app that is compatible with diverse platforms like iOS and Android.

Hybrid apps, as the name suggests, are the mix of web apps and native apps. The multi-platform compatibility of hybrid apps is making them increasingly popular. Hybrid apps also known as the cross-platform app works across multiple platforms while behaving like native apps. It basically is an amalgamation of a native and web app. Such apps can be installed like a native app on any device but, it technically is a web app. Built with HTML, CSS, or JavaScript, hybrid apps are run in a web view.

To build Hybrid Apps, developers use frameworks like HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS.

Pros of Hybrid Apps

 

  • Time-Saving:
  • One of the most appealing advantages of Hybrid apps is the fast pace development capability it provides to App Developers. There is no need to carry out separate programming and designing process every time for every operating system.

     

     

  • Low Maintenance:
  • Hybrid apps have a common codebase for multiple platforms; this makes the task of maintenance and up-gradation much more straightforward for developers. For carrying out any modifications in your app, unlike native apps, you have to implement the change only once for your app across any Mobile Operating System.

     

     

  • Pocket-Friendly Development
  • Hybrid apps are built using a single codebase and run on more than one platform at the same time. There is no need to create different apps for every mobile operating system. Companies save the cost and time for multiple app development projects.

     

    Native App Development

    This is the conventional approach for Application Development used by developers in which Apps are created for a specific platform. For instance, while native iOS apps are written in Swift or Objective-C, native Android apps.

    You may have heard about Native iOS or Android Apps. These native apps function only on the operating system for which they are designed. When opting for Native App Development, one needs to build two or more applications depending on the platforms on which you want to deploy the app. There are separate frameworks for developing Native Apps that function on different operating systems.

    For the purpose of coding for your app, the various programming languages include Java for Android, Swift for iOS, and C # for Windows.

    Pros of Native Apps

    The significant advantages which come handy with Native Apps are as follows:

     

  • User Satisfaction
  • Native apps, with its flexibility, speed, and protection features, are known for providing enriched user experience. These apps successfully satisfy their user base.

     

     

  • Security
  • Native Apps can be lucidly designed to be secure. Businesses are very particular about data security, and it is simpler for developers to imbibe high-end safety features in Native Apps.

     

    Superior Performance Another benefit of Native Apps is their smooth and rapid functioning. Since Native App Development consists of relevant frameworks used separately for various platforms, the efficiency of every app is the best.

    Comparison- Hybrid vs. Native Apps

    Contrasting these two options, let us analyze which development approach takes an edge over the other based on the following benchmarks:

    Performance

     

  • Hybrid Apps
  • As against the native apps, Hybrid Apps prove to be a bit slackened. They do not have very rapid performance abilities like the Native Apps. The performance may even vary across different devices.

     

     

  • Native Apps
  • When we consider the overall performance of a native app, it is highly reliable, efficient, and rapid. This is because specific frameworks are used for native apps for each of the platforms. This increases the performance level of each indigenous app.

     

    Updating Efforts

     

  • Hybrid Apps
  • Hybrid apps can be easily updated through the different app stores. The process of up-gradation is much less cumbersome for developers. You do not need to update the app code individually.

     

     

  • Native Apps
  • All in all, the updating process in the case of Native apps is quite complicated. Apps across diverse platforms and of different versions need to be updated separately. Updating and maintaining can be weary, time-consuming, and costly.

     

    User Interface

     

  • Hybrid Apps
  • Users have a decent experience with hybrid apps; however, the UI and UX are not as much refined as the native apps which are tailored specifically for a particular platform.

     

     

  • Native Apps
  • Native App Development involves designing a premier interface distinctly for every platform. The level of precision and seamlessness in Native Apps for any platform, be it iOS or Android, is not found in Hybrid Apps. You will find an enriching user experience with native apps.

     

    Tech-Ecosystem

     

  • Hybrid Apps
  • In the case of Hybrid Apps, the development ecosystem is restricted to the App Developers ecosystem of tools and frameworks along with some third-party plugins. It is not as vivid as the Native Apps.

     

     

  • Native Apps
  • Each of the native apps has a unique and intensive ecosystem. A Native app for each of the platforms has a set of amazing frameworks and technological tools to cater to varying needs.

     

    Development Cost

     

  • Hybrid Apps
  • Hybrid apps are known for being an affordable development approach. Small Scale Companies and Startups are lured towards this App option because of the low cost and time-saving development process.

     

     

  • Native Apps
  • One of the downsides of Native Apps is the substantial development outlay required to create them. You need to allocate costs separately for every Mobile OS. Hire Android or iOS developers independently, which is not just expensive but also prolonging.

     

    Feature Specifications

     

  • Hybrid Apps
  • The possibility of adding device-specific application features is quite remote in Hybrid Apps. Developers cannot incorporate as many exclusive features as are available in Native Apps.

     

     

  • Native Apps
  • Native apps, as we know, are platform-specific. It is possible for imbibing device-specific features in native apps as per the device’s operating system requirements. iOS app features can be exclusively included for iPhones, while functions for Android devices can be added explicitly to the Native Android Apps.

     

    Conclusion

    Both Hybrid Apps and Native Apps have some upsides and limitations. The utility of a particular app for any business entity is influenced by the requirements and resources available with it. If you want cutting-edge performance and have a sizeable budget to allocate, you can opt for Native App Development. If your entity has time constraints and limited resources, choosing a hybrid app for your company can prove better.

    Our team of developers at Sysbunny is deft in both Hybrid App and Native App Development. You can consult our app developers to build your popular business app.

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Mr. Bhuvnesh Mathur

Bhuvnesh got his Bachelor's degree in software engineering in 2017 and has been working in Vidhema Technologies since 2018 as SEO Lead and technical writer. He has a special knack of learning from all verticals and imbibing the extracts into his writing and enjoys learning techincal aspects of of writing for his experties as SEO and SMO. In his writing he express his experience and understading of different technologies.

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