# What is the difference between Native and Hybrid Apps...??
Every mobile application, be it hybrid or native, has its own conveniences. Before we jump into the crux of technology we need to pin-point the advantage application over the other. Surely, both the apps have different features and advantages but you need to choose judiciously as per your business requirements.
Specifically, a native app is a mobile app developed for operating systems like C++, Objective-C or Swift for iOS or Java. These apps can be accessed only from a dedicated app store. Hybrid mobile applications are built almost like websites. They are just software that effectively use web connections to accomplish certain tasks, such as syncing contacts on your device. Twitter, evernote are few of the popular hybrid mobile apps used these days.
This means that a separate version of the app must be developed for each platform. You can’t reuse any piece of code from another platform version, as it is written in a completely different programming language.Roughly, you take the app development time and multiply it by the number of platforms you want to support. That’s why native app development is considered to be the most time-consuming and most expensive.
#Native Apps VS Hybrid App
Native application is a software or program which has been developed to perform some specific task on particular environment or platform. Native apps are those apps that work on specific o.s ( operating system ). or are coded using app language specific to o.s. example some android apps.
Advantages of native applications:
Very fast because developed for a specific platform
Easily distributed in app stores
More interactive and smoother
Offer’s the ability to interact with device utilities
They work efficiently as they are built for that specific platforms
Native apps are responsive on all the platform-specific devices
They are very fast and the best in the app performance
Native apps better integrate with mobile hardware
#Disadvantages of native app development:
Harder languages to learn
Very expensive to hire developers
Harder to create and harder to maintain
Hybrid apps are native apps only because it can be downloaded from platform’s app store like native app. It can get access to all the native platform features. It can have performance close to native app.
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Hybrid apps are those apps that are made in universal languages which work on more devices. like html, js which work in android and ios too.
#Advantages of hybrid mobile apps:
Easy to build
Cheaper than a native app
Single app for all platforms -Android,Ios,windows and blackberry
No browser needed
Can access device utilities -depends on the framework used but theyusually allow it
#Disadvantages of hybrid apps:
Slower than native apps
More expensive than web apps
The same applies to specific native APIs that a hybrid approach may not allow for. So whereas choosing a hybrid approach may save a company time and money in the short term, it is also likely to result in significant additional costs in the long run.
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