The mobile application development has a very diversified approach. We have the native development exclusively for a specific platform (iOS, Android, Windows) and hybrid application that targets multiple platforms at a time. Each development approach has its advantages and disadvantages when building. In fact, a lot of entrepreneurs find themselves trapped in the question of which type of mobile app should I choose to have built for my business. Well, here is a short guide to lead you to the right decision.
- Hybrid App: Developer augments web code with native SDK features to easily deploy across multiple platform. It is usually cheaper and faster solution.
- Native App: This is platform (iOS, Android, etc.) specific and requires unique expertise.
Developing a native app allows access to the full SDK features which IOS 10 includes: Messages, Siri, Phone, maps. Android 6.0 includes fingerprint authentication, app listing, auto backup for apps, voice interaction, 4k display mode.
However, hybrid features are growing at a fast pace and are mimicking very closely what native apps have.
** Tip: Check the different features your app need before making a choice.
TIME AND COST OF DEVELOPMENT
When looking at the time of development, time is in favor of hybrid development.
In fact, the time of development of a native app is close to the time it will take to develop a hybrid app. Just multiply by the number of platforms targeted. Considering the fact that time and cost has a direct influence to each other on any project, we can deduct the same point of view.
**Tip: In the case that the deadline or the cost of the app development is tied, then consider going for hybrid app instead of a native app.
Native applications have the best performance, highest security and best user experience. This is due to the way of its design. The native app content, structure and visual elements are already on the phone and ready for instant loading.
In contrast, a hybrid app has a wrapper that is downloaded to the user’s phone. This may or may not contain all the data being loaded from the server. In this case, the performance of the app is based on the server’s speed.
**Tip: If the performance is very important, then the native app is the best option.
In summary, when a company is trying to decide whether to go for a hybrid app or a native app for any type of business, it should be done after evaluating every specification against what either native or hybrid app can provide. For mobile app development in general, the hybrid option can be a good way to test an idea with the possibility of migrating into native app for best performance.