Today, mobile applications are one of the most dynamic business tools. Their efficiency in building up a connection with customers is unparalleled. A wide variety of services use mobile apps to provide their users with a convenient experience. Services ranging from banking to car-pooling and all use apps. According to Comscore, mobile users spend 90% of their time using applications, and only 10% on the web. Statistics predict that mobile apps are going to generate a revenue of $935.2 billion in 2023. Investing in a mobile app for your business right now is the best investment you can make.
There are many reasons that build up in favour of mobile apps for business. Mobile notifications interact directly with customers and keep them up to date. The use of mobile apps over websites also help improve customer retention. The most popular mobile development platforms are iOS and Android. Most applications developed are for either or both of these platforms. The most crucial issue that companies have to go through with during app development is whether they should build a native app or a hybrid app. If you do not know the difference between the two, there is no need to worry. Here is everything you need to know about native apps and hybrid apps.
Native apps are programmed to work with specific operating systems. An app coded for iOS will not work with Android and vice-versa. Native mobile apps follow particular guidelines to enhance user experience. Developers can build apps that leverage all the features of an operating system. Native applications required developing separate apps for each platform. Hence, the development of such apps can take more time and cost. The benefit though, being better performance.
The development of native apps in Android and iOS requires different frameworks.
While native apps are developed for a particular platform, hybrid apps have cross-platform properties. This means that hybrid apps can run over multiple platforms. Developers can make one application that will run on both iOS and Android. These applications can be viewed as websites put into containers. Mostly they use the rendering engine of the built-in operating system browsers.
The three most popular frameworks for hybrid app development are as follows.
|Cost||High development costs||Comparatively cheaper|
|Performance||Great performance metrics||Downgraded by a bit|
|Channel||Hosted in the OS||Hosted on the web|
|H/W Utilization||Can utilize maximum power||Can only leverage some features|
|User Interface||User-friendly||Restricted user interface|
|Maintenance||Challenging to maintain||Easy maintenance|
|Used For||Single platform app with high optimization||Apps that need to work on multiple platforms|
So what technology path you should take
As described above, both sets of technologies have their unique advantages and disadvantages. While you can choose native to build the best user experience and responsiveness within the app backed with state of the art features, the cost can go high.
With Hybrid you can start with lower investment and still build an app, costs could increase with complexity. That being said, it’s worth using especially to test the waters.
Don’t think about the concept of native vs hybrid app, A few questions that you should ask yourself before choosing technology would be about your timeline, budget, complexity in features (Are you building something that pushes the technology envelope), the security requirement, and so on.
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