Smartphone usage and interaction with mobile apps has tremendously grown in recent years. Due to the pandemic, this year has seen a massive surge in more and more companies launching personalised mobile apps to connect with consumers. After all, the benefits are endless. It no longer matters whether you are an established business or a startup, mobile app development is booming and everyone wants to make the most of it.
Now, the very first question that arises when creating a mobile app, is to go for native app development or hybrid app development? This blog is going to give you the answer to this extremely crucial question. But first, let us take a look at what are native and hybrid apps.
A native app is a mobile app which is developed for a particular operating system. It will run on that operating system only. For example, Swift can only be used to create apps for iOS and Java can only be used to do the same on Android. It will not work the other way round. Other popular technologies for iOS include Objective C and Kotlin for Android.
Pros Of Native Apps
Cons Of Native Apps
Pros Of Hybrid Apps
Cons Of Hybrid Apps
Which is the right choice for you?
After analysing the pros and cons of each, it can be seen that there is no straight winner for everyone. It all depends on a few key factors.
User Experience & Interface
Do you use an app with a bad interface and layout each day? Probably not, because it is so frustrating. If having a buttery smooth UI/UX is your top priority then go with native app development. It is not that hybrid apps have a bad UI, but when compared to the native apps, they do struggle a bit.
Performance plays a very crucial role in making the choice between hybrid and native apps. If your app cannot even serve its main purpose properly then users will simply not use it and find an alternative. If your app has many animations and graphics, such as a gaming app for instance, then it is best you go for native app development. Hybrid apps can handle your needs as long as there is nothing complicated involved and the app is for light to moderate usage only.
Estimated Time & Cost
If you want to bring your app to the market as soon as possible and you are on a budget constraint, hybrid apps are your saviour. You just need one team to work on the app and it will run on all platforms. Unlike native apps, you need more time and money for two separate iOS and Android teams.
Features & Gestures
If you are looking to build a complex, feature packed app that can tap into the smartphone’s sensors such as GPS, camera, accelerometer, then native apps would be a better choice. Similarly, for improving gesture support in the app such as swiping, double tap, etc, native apps would be more responsive. In case of hybrid apps, you have to rely on third party libraries, plugins and codes which may or may not be good enough.
So carefully break down what your needs are, the resources available with you, the time and money you are willing to spend on your app. If you critically examine each factor, the pros and cons of how hybrid and native apps stack against each other, you will find out which one is right for your project. Last but not the least, hire a trusted mobile app developer who can give you your money’s worth.