03.12.2018

Native app vs hybrid app. Which one is better?

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The first question you ask yourself when developing a mobile app is what to choose – native or hybrid app? There are some key differences between them. But first, you need to designate what your app supposed to do. Is it need to be fast? Is it need to use phone features? And most important, what is your budget? And then choose what type of app development suit your needs best.

Native apps are applications written for a specific device system. And it will complicate app development because you will need to make the same app in different languages: Java for Android and Objective-C or Swift for IOS. Also, you’ll need to maintain apps and update them regularly, that can cause bigger costs. On the other hand, you will get apps that will perform very fast and give users the best experience. Native apps can use phone features such as camera, microphone or geolocation, so your apps could have more features too.

Hybrid apps are applications written in web development languages and then translated into mobile device’s languages. In comparison to native apps, hybrid apps are easier to develop and don’t require a big team of developers. You just need one initial app written in HTML or JavaScript that will save you some money. But since hybrid apps are not built for a specific device, they will work slower and have fewer features although they can still use some device features as native apps.

However, it is the best option when you don’t need a lot of features and your app is relatively easy. At the end of the day, it is important to understand that both native and hybrid apps have their advantages and disadvantages. If your app is complicated and needs to have a lot of features it is better to choose native app because hybrid app, in this case, will not perform well. On the other hand, if you are on a short budget and don’t want your app to be complex, hybrid app is your best choice, because native apps will just make you overspend on something you don’t need.

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