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Native VS. Hybrid App: What’s the Right Choice for You?

As a business owner or executive, it is important to understand what kind of Application suits your product and services, budget and target clientele. 

In this article, we will be focusing on two main types of Mobile Applications: Native vs. Hybrid. 

We will start from the basics by providing you definition of native and hybrid app development and then we will move to the pros and cons of each of them.

What is Native Mobile App Development?

Native App is a software application written in a specific platform for either iOS or Android.

When it comes to developing native iOS,  Swift and Objective-C are used, and Java and Kotlin are for Native Android.

Apple developers build and support iOS for their Apple devices. iOS is exclusive for Apple’s hardware, and its products and devices are downloaded from the iOS app.

On the other hand, Android, operated by Google, is a more open platform and can be downloaded from Google Play. Many enterprises use Android to develop their devices; for example, Huawei and Samsung. 

The two types of native apps won’t run on each other’s platform; Android apps won’t work on iOS phones, and vice versa.

What is hybrid mobile app development?

A hybrid app is a combination of both native and web solutions. It is written in HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS, and it is wrapped within native Android, iOS or other mobile platforms utilizing wrapper technologies that include Xamarin, Ionic, React Native, Flutter and Sencha.

In short, this development is the creation of a single app that can run on multiple operating systems; windows, Android, and iOS.

Developers write the code once and can run it anywhere!

Pros and Cons of Hybrid and Native Apps

If you are questioning whether you should take the native or hybrid apps for your project, learning the benefits and disadvantages of both approaches can help you figure out what type of app is the best approach for you and your business.

These are key elements to be considered carefully before choosing them.

Speed

Native apps are created for a particular platform and coded by that specific core programming languages and APIs which benefit them to work very faster and more responsive than hybrid apps with fewer errors across the platform.

This is good for your app users! Then they won’t get frustrated while waiting for the app loading time.

Winner: Native

Performance 

Performance is an important key needed in your app. You want your app to run fast and screens provide a smooth transition when you slide them.

Native apps are written for a particular operating system with platform-specific coding language, so these apps allow developers to fully optimize the apps for optimal performance.

Winner: Native

Features and Functionalities

Both apps can get access to the devices’ built in features, BUT hybrid apps need the deployment of special plugins or depend on the third-party code.

If those plugins aren’t reliable, this can really cause problems and limit capabilities.

Winner: Native

User Experiences

If you intend to use an app for a central tool for interacting with customers, your app must deliver the best user experience to keep your customers happy.

The native app is the way to go!

Native apps communicate directly to its platform’s hardware and features. The developers can stick to that unique UI/UX standard they are developing, and hence, they can deliver one-of-a-kind user experiences through native apps. 

Winner: Native

Fast Development

Due to shared code and easier to develop hybrid apps are typically faster to build. It greatly reduces the time consumption to build. By using web technologies such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript, developers don’t need to know the coding language required by each platform.

This is why hybrid apps are often prefered by businesses who are seeking to launch the product as soon as possible or by SMEs for their MVP.

Winner: Hybrid

Cost- effectiveness

When compared to native apps, hybrid app development is cheaper to build. Again, the developers are working on just shared code which can run for any platform.

A good example is that if you want to use native development for your app for both Android and iOS devices, your developers will need two code bases which will take longer and be more expensive.

You could save from 10,000 USD to almost 100,000 USD on building a hybrid app!

Winner: Hybrid

Security 

Every company needs data security. The native app provides better security because the native developers use a single platform to encode the app within one infrastructure. 

While hybrid apps are compiled to use extra tools and plugins to connect with hardware devices. Adding the number of risks and vulnerabilities!

Winner: Native

Maintenance

Native apps need multiple codebases for maintenance because iOS developers are generally not competent in Android developments and vice versa. So, if you decide to develop a native app, you have to be ready for maintenance costs.

While hybrid apps come on top since they are strightforward to maintain, have low maintenance costs.

Winner: Hybrid app

Scalability

Scalability means your application’s ability to handle a higher number of users or clients in the future.

Developing native apps is more complicated to scale because these devices interact with the operating system and hardware seamlessly and you will have to focus on both Android and iOS users.

BUT with hybrid apps, the developer writes code once and it runs on every platform, which is one of the greatest advantages of hybrid apps.

Winner: Hybrid

What is the right choice for you? Native Vs. Hybrid?

This question often troubles many businesses. There is no straightforward answer and the choice of app types also depends on project perspectives. 

Here are critical questions you need to take into account for making your final decision:

  • How quickly do you want you app to be launched ?
  • How much is your budget ?
  • What features do you want ?
  • How best do you want for your app performance ?

If you are willing to wait at least six months, and are looking for the best possible performance, overall user experience, speed, and security, developing a native app unquestionably is your choice.

However, if you want to test your MVP and release your app ASAP, a hybrid app could be a better option for you. Hybrid apps are built by using  a single code and applicable to multiple platforms, which greatly save your budget. 

How to Turn Your Creative App Idea Into a Reality 

Building a mobile application is a dedicated work, time, and effort. It takes a team of specialised and experienced partners to build a successful mobile application.

We, with a diverse technical software developers at Trienpont International, have been delivering top-quality software products to our clients around the world from startups to enterprise for more than a decade.

If you have your creative app idea, let’s turn it into an innovative reality.