Native Development Vs Hybrid Mobile Dev
– Which is Faster ? Which is cheaper ? Which one is Better ?
Customer experience for mobile is more important to your business than you might think ! – There is no compromise on this, no matter what.
Nobody has time for bad user experiences, your customers and employees included… right ?
The big question in today’s urban development landscape—whether to build a Mobile ready web site Vs a native app Vs a hybrid app. As a developer, you need to take the time to think through a few considerations before running off to develop software. We compared native and hybrid way of development to help you make the right decision.
So lets talk Native App:
Native apps are written in a programming language specific to the platform they’re being developed for. This would typically be Objective-C or Swift for iOS and Java for Android. Native apps typically have better performance with rendering and animations than hybrid apps.
Eg: When it comes to Image Editing / GPS / GPU rendering, Bar Coding Solutions, Video calls etc.
A hybrid app is a mobile app that contains a web view (essentially an isolated browser instance, may be upto 2 versions down) to run a web application inside of a native app, using a native app wrapper that can communicate with the native device platform and the web view. This means web applications can run on a mobile device and have access to the device, such as the camera or GPS features.
So Time to Compare ?
Since native apps are built specifically for a certain platform, they are typically written in lower-level machine code, which generally makes them faster and more efficient. This makes native development a better option if you are building an application with memory-consuming features and many background processes.
Developing only one app for all platforms is definitely easier and less time consuming than developing a separate product for each platform. This is a great advantage for hybrid development as it allows for faster release, faster market penetration, and easier prototyping across platform. Also Hybrid allows to Development in 1 Platform and Port to others easily !!
iOS and Android have different design and UX characteristics. The two platforms offer similar functionality, but are executed in different ways. Each has its own standard for things like lists, menus, and headers.
When you build a native app, it is really easy to meet users’ expectations because you are following specific standards. On the other hand, building a hybrid app means that you can’t strictly follow the two major platform patterns.
Deciding between native and hybrid app development is about trade-offs and all depends on your app and future plans. Many apps began with one strategy that was appropriate for that time and situation, then later pivoted.
The key is to weigh your priorities. Given your time and resources, what is a must have and what is a nice-to-have? , Given the weight of the application and your beliefs about its future evolution within the market, is it crucial for you to build your application for both platforms at the same time from the start ?