With the ever-changing technology landscape and the dominance of smart devices in the market place, this is a discussion that is very often had when it comes to mobile application development choices. There is always a trade-off to be made and the small intricacies are often what swings the debate in one way or another. This is by no means a definitive guide in motivating the decision to choose one over the other, as business cases may differ, but it will go a long way to getting closer to that decision. Let’s start with a simple definition of the two terms.
What is a Hybrid app?
What is a Native app?
It is an app built specifically for an operating system. A further distinction is that it can only be accessed from the respective app store, in the case of Apple and Android, from the iStore and Playstore respectively. The main languages used are for Android, Java and C++ and IOS, XCode/Objective-C, SwiftCode, etc.
There are a number of things to consider when making your choice:
- Do you want to use native features in the app? – Go Native
- Do you want to to / need to go to market quickly? – Go Hybrid
- Do you have separate development budgets in respect to the platforms you wish to support? – Go Native
- Do you need to have frequent updates to your app? – Go Hybrid
- Is the User Experience of paramount importance? – Go Native
- Native app development is very expensive and very time consuming as complete development process happens for a specific app store at a time.
- Hybrid app development less expensive app development method but cannot be used for every type of app.
- Should you choose native you have can leverage the native features of the device and offer a better overall user experience for the users of your app.
- Hybrid apps have a cross-platform UI that is compatible with a wide range of devices
Technologies to use, IDE’s and other tutorial materials
Here are some of the best resources online:
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