Are you planning to hire a mobile app developer in India but not sure about the kind of app that you must go with – Native or Hybrid?
In this blog post, we have described the major differences between native and hybrid mobile apps and their respective advantages & disadvantages.
Native Mobile Apps
The mobile apps that are developed for a specific operating system, iOS or Android, are known as Native applications.
So if you need a mobile app for both iOS & Android, your app will be required to write codes for both the platforms separately. Due to this reason, native apps development requires high investment in terms of time & money. But native mobile apps come with several benefits too.
Here are some of the major advantages of native apps development.
#1 Seamless Execution
Since the native apps are built separately for both iOS & Android, they have direct access to the features respective operating systems which makes the code execution almost seamlessly. As a result, the native apps load much faster as compared to hybrid apps.
In case of hybrid application development, there may be some delay in the execution which makes the app loading speed a bit slower.
#2 More Secured
Due to the fact that native apps have direct access to the operating systems (iOS & Android), they don’t need to rely on any third party integrations to execute the features like GPS or camera which makes native apps more secured.
#3 Better Visuals
While developing the apps on native technology, your apps developer requires to design the screens of both the platforms (iOS & Android) separately which ensures that the designs are created strictly according to the norms of respective operating systems.
As a result, the visuals quality in case of native apps is generally high because they are designed natively.
Now let’s see some of the disadvantages of native mobile apps development.
#4 Takes Time
As we all know by now that native apps are developed separately for both the platforms, the time required to build native mobile apps is generally longer.
Since it takes a lot of effort to develop native apps, the cost associated with their development is higher too. Moreover, you may also need to hire iOS developer & Android developer separately.
#6 Double Effort For Changes
Even if you have enough budget & time to develop your apps in native technology, but when it comes to making changes in your existing apps, it will again take more time and money to do them. Because again, all the changes will be required to be done on both the platforms separately
Hybrid Mobile Apps
In case of hybrid, your app developer just need to work on a single code base and can execute the apps for both iOS & Android. Hence, it takes lesser time and money to build hybrid apps. But you may need to compromise on some of the features. Let’s learn more.
Here are but some of the major advantages of hybrid apps development:
#1 Quick Development
By using hybrid apps development, your app developer is required to work only on a single codebase to build an application for all the major operating systems and therefore, the time effort required to do this is comparatively less.
#2 Low Investment
Again working on the single codebase makes it quicker and affordable to develop hybrid apps. Since the time-effort required is less, the cost associated with hybrid apps development is lower too.
#3 Changes Can Be Done Quickly
Any changes, enhancements or upgradation that you require in future can be done quickly for all the platforms (Android, iOS etc.) because your app developer needs to make changes in one single codebase only.
Below are some of the disadvantages of hybrid apps development:
#4 Execution Time
Since hybrid apps need browser support (it uses embedded browser) to run on a native view, it takes more time to execute and render the queries and therefore, your apps may run slower.
#5 Visuals Quality
Again, hybrid apps doesn’t require specific designs for both the platforms (Android & iOS) and one common set of designs has to fit for both the apps, the visual quality is not exclusive and tempting.
#6 Less Secured
Hybrid apps doesn’t have direct access to several native features of a device. Therefore, in order to access the device features like GPS or Camera, it requires a third-party integration which makes the hybrid apps less secured as compared to native ones.