NATIVE APP VS. HYBRID APP

Ankit Dave - Unity Developer

NATIVE APP VS. HYBRID APP

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Hello!

When you started the process of App Development, you will face many questions. Should you build an app for Android or iOS or both? You have two approaches to build your app - use native approach or hybrid approach.

There are basically two kinds of apps:

  • Native Apps

  • Hybrid Apps


NATIVE APPS:


A native app is a standard in mobile app world. Native apps are basically written for a specific mobile operating systems. It will for Android or iOS and they work best for the chosen platform. As native apps are made for a particular operating system, they can be only be accessed via a dedicated app store. This means an Android application can be accessed just by Android users and is made using Windows, Java, C++ etc. A native app which is made for iOS application makes use of XCode/Objective-C. Native apps are native to an operating system of the user and therefore built as per those guidelines.


Pros of Native Apps:

  1. Complete Device Integration

  2. With the native apps, it is possible to take full advantage of functionalities which are presented by the mobile devices such as calendar, camera, GPS, a microphone so much more. The users get to enjoy more features which he would otherwise have no access in case he/she was using a hybrid app.

  3. Superior UX

  4. Superior performance

  5. As native apps are developed keeping in mind only single operating system, they offer better performance than the hybrid apps. In case you wish to create a high-performance app, go in for the native app.


Cons of Native apps:

  1. Need of more developers

  2. Building native app calls for more effort as well as time. Also, you need services of more developers for this task.

  3. High Development Costs

  4. Native apps are any day more expensive than hybrid apps. They are quite complicated and necessitate multiple code bases which have to be developed by the developers. This leads to higher expenses as compared to hybrid apps which need a single code base.


HYBRID APPS:


The biggest benefit of designing hybrid app is dependable, cross-platform UI which is in sync with the maximum number of devices. This mobile app development system is less expensive but this cannot be put to use for every kind of app.


Pros of Hybrid apps:

  1. Fast development process

  2. Hybrid apps do not necessitate the presence of too many developers to build the app. This is a good thing in case speed is a vital factor in your app development program.

  3. They work across various platforms as well as devices, this way you are freed from the tension that your user will not be able to access the app just because it is not compatible with their operating systems or devices.

  4. Reduced development cost

  5. It falls cheaper to build a hybrid app than a native app. You do not have to undergo the problem of getting separate apps developed for separate platforms i.e. iOS and Android. Rather you will have an app which is ready for both platforms.

  6. Minimum requirements

  7. The developers do not have to learn separate languages in order to build a hybrid app. Hybrid apps look as well as feel quite like a native app and can be created with just one language.


Cons of Hybrid apps

  1. One of the biggest flaws of hybrid apps is that they fail to present a complete native-like feel. And if users do not get an impeccable first experience, their likelihood of trying the app again falls down drastically.

  2. Reduced efficiency

  3. As compared to native apps, Hybrid apps are generally slower. Because of this, you are not able to have meaning as well as smooth transitions.

  4. Presence of lags as well as UX issues

  5. As hybrid apps do not present a seamless experience that is characteristic of native apps it can create serious performance issues in high-performing apps as well as games. Users will face lags and because of this, they might even leave your app.


So, these are few of the pros and cons of native and hybrid apps. Plan your need, weigh the pros and cons of each category and go in for app development accordingly. And if you have any idea popped up in your brain which needs to take shape hire native developers or hire Unity developers to help you out. Hope you get the right people for the right job. Thanks for reading!



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