Native App VS Hybrid App Development

hybrid app vs native app development

In the developer world, there is an endless argument for which approach is the best platform for mobile application development. As mobile software and website development are inevitable for companies, it is important to be informed about the opportunities and obstacles of choosing either a hybrid application or native application development. It is also significant to fully understand how both hybrid and native mobile application platforms function and how to distinguish between these two applications.

Native App VS Hybrid App – A Quick Overview

What is a Native App?

When we think about an app, usually native app hit the mind. A native application (native app) is developed specifically for a mobile operating system. They can only act together with and take advantage of operating system features and other software that is installed on the same platform. Native apps can take advantage of the latest technology available on mobile devices such as a global positioning system (GPS) and camera, this can be considered as an advantage for native apps over hybrid apps. Native user interface allows users to quickly learn the app also will be having better user experience. Native apps look and perform the best. In short, we can say that native apps are exactly that, native to the user’s operating system and hence created accordingly.

What is a Hybrid App?

The hybrid application combines both native and web application (web applications are commonly used for multiple platforms and not installed locally but made available over the Internet through a browser). Hybrid mobile apps are like the usual apps that commonly find on everyone’s phone. They can be downloaded from the app stores and install on the device. With these apps you can take photos, play games, get around your friends through social media and much more.
Basically, a hybrid app is a web app built using HTML5 and JavaScript. Nowadays, Most applications could be considered as hybrid apps. Hybrid application development can do everything HTML5 does except it also has some features of Native applications. And they are usually quicker to build, hence cheaper than native apps.

Comparison of Native VS Hybrid Application

Development effort
  • In native app ,the script is written only for one platform and that cannot be utilized for a different platform so,they are platform-specific.
  • In hybrid app, the code is written just once and then compiled into platform-specific apps.
Time
  • In native app, launching of new apps is a time-consuming task.
  • In hybrid app, it can be launched faster.
Cost
  • Native app building requires continuous investment, each time when an app is developed, tested and maintained.
  • Hybrid app is cost-effective as development happens for just once and apps are tested according to platform-specific requirements
Resources
  • Native turns out to be expensive to hire skill-based, platform specific resources.
  • Hybrid app building is relatively easy and affordable to hire people with skill required (HTML, CSS, JS etc.)
Features and quality
  • In native app, they are having great user experience and larger app capabilities also will get better performance and responsiveness
  • In hybrid app, the user experience is not as great as native technology. It becomes difficult to achieve good quality and performance, when there is a need for high performance.
Maintenance and enhancements
  • In native app, the Codebase for all platforms is same so ,cost effective and simple.
  • In hybrid app, Maintenance is more complex if the app is on multiple platforms, will have to fix bugs on all platforms resulting in higher cost and time.

ADVANTAGES

Native app;

  • Best user experience
  • Easy to discover in app stores
  • Can access to device features and notifications
  • Best security
  • Work offline

Hybrid app;

  • Faster to develop than native apps
  • Easy to maintain on multiple platforms
  • Can access to device features and notifications

DISADVANTAGES

Native app;

  • Higher budget is needed
  • Complex maintenance and development.

Hybrid app;

  • Can’t be used for complex app requirements
  • Depend on the browser speed
  • Can’t work offline

The dominance of native mobile app development over a hybrid approach is likely to continue with the growth of mobile application development. Choosing the right approach is important in app development. From our expertise, the user experience is the key to the triumph of a mobile app. A good user experience, that none of your vertical competitors can provide, have the potential to lure away the user from their existing platforms. So, we are saying User experience is the thing that all matters, it can make or break the success of the app. Preferably, App development approach must be in accordance with the time and budget frame. Hence, It is the performance of app, user experience and other key factors that matter the most for businesses to grow with Apps.

 

Basics Of Mobile App Development

Mobile app development in nowadays encompasses many technologies. Despite being the most futuristic tool, Mobile app development is more confusing than website development and incorporates many terminologies that developers may not be familiar. Moreover, the scale, convenience, and user experience of the mobile app’s are expanding by leaps and bounds. So that when we are in go for a mobile app development, we must acquire apparent knowledge on the basics of mobile app development.

Even though the program and design of mobile app development vary in accordance with the platform, Basics of development stay the same except for some minor aspects. Development approach and things to consider at the time of app development are relatively similar in every platform.

1. Set Your Goal

Mobile App development idea

Before the development, you need to set the goal to achieve through your mobile app. Have in mind the things that need for the success of the app.

  • Find and address the problems that can be resolved by your app
  • Features of your app should provide user any considerable merit over the existing peers, like more productivity or improved user experience

2. Choose the Platform

App development platforms

As it stands, the global mobile market is dominated by two giants, Google-developed Android and Apple-developed iOS. As of Now, Google controls 51% of world’s smartphone’s through third party device manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola and so on. And, Apple has 46% of smartphone market through their flagship product iPhone.

Apart from Android and iOS, there is Windows Phones and Blackberry Phone also. But the market share of blackberry and windows phones are declining. So, From a developer’s perspective, their small, shrinking business means, there is little to consider of them.

Android play store has around 2.2 million apps and Apple store has 2 million apps as of 2016. Therefore you must do some research and find which platform is suitable for your effort and also about the competitions and App visibility.

3. Identify the Development Approach

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Picking the right approach is imperative in app development. Preferably, App development approach must be in accordance with the time and budget frame.

Native App:

Native Apps offers reliable, faster functionality and delivers the best user experience. User engagement in the native app’s is comparatively higher than the rest of developments approach. These apps are platform oriented and can be adapt to wider device features. But, this development approach is time-consuming and at a time expensive. Moreover, developers should need skill and expertise in multiple programming languages for cross-platform development.

Web App:

Web apps are the platform independent apps which are the cheapest and quick approach available on the market right now. This development approach uses JavaScript, CSS, HTML5 or other languages. Basically, web app approach is used to build simple functionality apps which are less expensive. But, this simplicity also had some downsides. Web apps are limited in feature compared to the general apps and lack efficiency. This app also needs data connection to work.

Hybrid App:

Hybrid is the freshest approach to app development. This development uses cross-compatible web technologies. Consolidates pre-defined native packages with on the fly web coding’s in order to deliver the best of both platforms. Hybrid apps are faster and easier to develop. But in some case’s it take substantial work and time to build a hybrid app than the native app.

4. Focus On User Experience

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User Experience is the paramount thing to consider in the mobile app development. Even if it may be easy to make an application, it’s hard to construct a good experience. the measures to enrich user experience starts with reducing the navigation through the app and taking the user’s directly to the contents they looking for. UX have a direct connection with the size of icons, layouts, menu grid and colours. and it also concern with the integration of apps user interface with application logic. Developers must consider and identify the plausible and best choice for the above the aspects in order to deliver the richest UX.

5. Deal With Memory And Bandwidth Constraint

Bandwidth and memory issue

Memory and network bandwidth are the issue’s directly connecting the mobile device. Mobile memory is relatively lesser than their PC counterpart, even though the advanced technologies helps to enhance the primary memory of recently released mobile devices. So to reduce the ample usage of memory in mobile, we have to optimize full-resolution images and larger files.

Network Usage is one of the aspects that we need to acknowledge with significant. bandwidth have a straight tie with battery life. Users have more concerns on their mobile devices battery life lately. So there is a plausible reason to underrate your app on that factor. Simplify your apps network usage and minimise memory use for the affluence.

6. Test It Over & Over

Mobiel App testting

Testing your Mobile app is the thing you do frequently. It starts before the initial roll out of your app, then after the launch and users feedback and rating, then throughout every update of your app

Testing your app makes it flawless and help you to improve user experience(through resolving the error found in the test phase).

These are the basics of mobile app development. Developer should be taken account these basic things before building a mobile app prototype. Apart from these, some others things will also affect the outcome of your mobile app. App advertising will have a crucial impact on your app’s visibility and awareness, and the area where you are intent to release the app will also have a hand in the success of your app.