Which One to Choose: The Battle Between Native and Hybrid Apps

Introduction

One of the biggest decisions that you have to make as a mobile app developers is if you’re going to create a native or a hybrid app. For those of you who do not know, a Native app is a smartphone application that can only work in one environment. In other words, it can only work on one operating system. Conversely, a Hybrid app is compatible with all platforms, but some of them can take more time to develop than native apps. If you’re faced with this difficult task of deciding which one to develop, this article will help you. Today, I am going to go over the advantages and disadvantages of native and hybrid apps.

Native Apps

Advantages:

a) Takes less time to develop because it only requires the use of only one programming language and one software development kit
b) Due to it being developed at a much quicker pace, it is also relatively inexpensive compared to creating hybrid apps
c) Because it is coded to work on only one specific platform, native apps can take advantage of the smartphone’s hardware to unlock its full potential
d) Performance is better and design elements are displayed without graphical glitches

Disadvantages
a) You need to learn multiple programming languages if you want to create a native app for each operating system
b) Due to the limitations of current SDKs, development time might be longer or shorter depending on the features that a client wants
c) It only supports one operating system

Hybrid Apps

Advantages:
a) Development time will entirely depend on the features that are incorporated into the app. It could be faster than developing native apps or it can also take a long time as well

b) Because it only uses one single codebase,development can be much faster. Codes can just be translated for use in other platforms as needed
c) You only need to learn HTML and Java as your main programming languages and you can develop hybrid apps. You could also learn a little bit about CSS if you want to as well.

Disadvantages:
a) Utilizing only one codebase, there will be instances where some features are disabled because it may not be fully compatible with one operating system
b) You will have to test the apps on multiple emulated environments since it can support many platforms. This can increase development time
c) Performance can vary greatly depending on how well the code is translated for use in a particular operating system
d) Some UI elements might not get optimally displayed due to differences and limitations in the actual OS environment

So Which One Should You Choose?


It boils down to what you really need. If you want an app that can be developed faster, albeit only for one platform, then go for native apps. If you want something that has a cross-platform compatibility, then go for the development of hybrid apps. The performance will also vary, but it has been said that Native apps utilize more of the phone’s capabilities due to it being coded for a specific platform.

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