Choosing the right Mobile App Technology

Confused and wondering whether to build a hybrid or a native mobile app, article will help you decide your mobile app strategy.

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Native Apps

Cross platform, Hybrid Apps

A native app is a smartphone application developed specifically for a mobile operating system (think Objective-C or Swift for iOS vs. Java for Android)

Hybrid applications look and feel like a native app, but aren’t and is a web app built using HTML5 and JavaScript, wrapped in a native container which loads most of the information on the page as the user navigates through the application.

Native applications have the best performance, highest security, and best user experience.

A word of caution. Your users will EXPECT a great experience. They do not care what approach your team decided to take. They will open the app and EXPECT it to be intuitive and responsive in terms of speed and performance.

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Requires development for each operating system by teams with different expertise (Objective-C, Java, C# and so on) and so the development time and efforts are relatively more.

The app can be built in one source code, can be released across platforms, and development time and effort is considerably less as compared to that of native applications.

A native application is designed for a specific operating system. A native app is faster as the contents, structure, and visual elements are already on their phone, available for instant loading, and thereby providing a seamless experience.

The problem with a hybrid app is that even the most brilliant user experience architect cannot truly build an app that caters to the two dominant user types: iPhone users and Android users. Their style guidelines are simply too different.

Rapid adaptation to operation system changes.

Possible delays for adaptation to operating system changes (there may be reasonable delays to receive a updates/enhancements from 3rd party plugins or  frameworks) when there are big changes on specific mobile platforms, like the iOS 8 to iOS 9 upgrade)

Full control on the device.

May require native coding in device-related cases when cordova frameworks don’t support.

Requires platform-specific testing.

Test once and deploy all

Better user experience

Faster(Initial) speed to the market