Native Apps vs Hybrid Apps vs Web Apps – Which App type is right for you? If you’ve lived on planet earth in the last few months, you would have heard about the game called Pokemon Go, which is a location-based augmented reality game for the iOS and Android. It quickly hit the critical mass, and had 130 million downloads worldwide. Whether you’re wanting to create the next big mobile device game, or wanting to create an app for your business to enable your customers to experience your business through a different and more efficient channel, then the decision to design and develop a native app, web app, or hybrid app must be made. The decision of which type of app to develop depends on the goals, objectives, and needs of your business. At Webilze (Portfolio and Testimonials) we have a dedicated iOS and Android Mobile Development Team.
Consider the following 5 questions before deciding on which App type to develop:
- Do you require your mobile app to take advantage of the native features of the smartphone? If yes, then you may want to go with the Native App so that you can use features such as the contacts, camera, hardware device buttons, and SMS.
- How soon do you need your App developed? The Hybrid App can be developed and launched in multiple platforms quicker and cheaper than the other App types.
- Do you have the budget for both iOS and Android Apps? If so, then go with the Native Apps.
- Do you need to make frequent App updates? If yes, then you will want to go with the Hybrid App, because you can make content updates directly from the web.
- Is App User Experience (UX) crucial? If the answer is yes, then go with the Native App.
Native Apps are designed and developed specifically for a platform operating system, i.e. Android or iOS, and installed through an app store, Google Play and/or Apple’s App Store. Once downloaded, they appear on the mobile device as an icon. Through a Native App, the full capabilities of the features of the mobile device gets used, such as GPS, camera, compass, accelerometer, list of contacts, gestures, the device’s notification system, and the ability to work offline. The developer will require specific skillsets. This option can be pricier and take longer to develop than the Hybrid App. The Native App is developed for a specific mobile operating system (Objective-C or Swift for iOS or Java for the Android). It is built typically using C, Java, or .NET.
- Features/built-in capabilities: Native Apps dominate with respect to taking advantage of all of the mobile device’s features (GPS, Camera, notifications, gestures, microphone, calendar). Push notification to make your audience more engaged. The API graphics is fast.
- Performance: Since the Native Apps are developed specifically for the operating system, they are faster and more refined, and are great for games and high-performance apps (because of its highly interactive reporting). The Native App is also more secure than the Hybrid App.
- Offline functionalities: Works best with no internet connection compared with the other App types. Although in-browser caching with the web app’s HTML5, it’s still limiting compared with the Native App. Hybrid Apps would often than not require an internet connection.
- Speed: Native Apps are the fastest with respect to responsiveness.
- Installation: Downloading an app can be a painful task for users, as they’d need to justify its interaction costs. Although bookmarking a web app may seem easier, it’s not something that most people do.
- User Experience/Interface (UX/UI): having a great user experience and one that is simple to use is important when it comes to user adoption. The native app can take advantage of the strengths of the mobile device.
- Audience: Native Apps are the way to go if you want to target the audience that scour the App Stores (Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store).
- Maintenance: Maintaining a Native App is more complicated and require significantly more development time. The changes will need to be packaged in a new version and placed within the app store. Maintaining a Hybrid App or Web App involves maintaining a web page, and can easily be done on a frequent basis.
- Platform independence: Parts of the coding for both the Hybrid App and Web App can be reused, and thus platform independence is superior with the Hybrid and Web Apps. It’s essentially one code, multiple platforms.
- Capabilities: Access to hardware/software capabilities through plugins.
- Discoverability: Since most people use search engines to find and discover, web apps excels when it comes to discoverability. The majority of people hesitate to download apps, unless they are going to use it often.
- Content Restrictions/Approvals: Native and Aybrid apps must pass through content restrictions governed by the App Stores, however, the web for web apps is free.
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