An important question that surfaces quite frequently among app developers and app business owners is “whether to build a native app or a hybrid app.”
For newbie app entrepreneurs, it may be even daunting when their app developers ask them about their preferences to choose either hybrid or native.
If you too, are struggling hard to choose between native & hybrid apps, don’t jump to a conclusion until you know the pros and cons of both the platforms.
Below comparison may help you make the right decision for your application development.
Let’s start with the Native Apps.
If we talk about the rendering performance, native applications are better than hybrid apps.
#2 Fast & Responsive
Native apps provide fast & responsive experience to the users as compared to hybrid apps.
#3 Easy Access To Device
As the same suggests itself, Native apps are able to access the native features like camera, microphone etc. within the device.
#4 Tailored UI/UX
Since native apps are programmed separately for both iOS & Android, the UI & UX have better compatibility with their respective platforms.
Disadvantages of Native Mobile Apps
#1 More Than One Codebase
As I mentioned earlier that the app developers have to use separate codes for both iOS & Android to build native apps, there is more than one codebase to develop & maintain which can be a cumbersome process to do in future.
#2 Time Consuming & Expensive
Again, in order to develop & maintain 2 different programming languages, it requires more time and cost as compared to a single codebase development. It also means you will have to hire an iOS developer as well as an Android developer.
Hybrid apps, on the other hand, uses a webview to run the application. In other words, hybrid apps require a browser run the application.
Advantages of Hybrid Mobile Apps
#1 Time Consuming & Expensive
#2 Cost Effective
Since the number of app developers required to build an application will cut down to half, as compared to native apps development, the cost to build a hybrid app is generally lower.
#3 Easier To Maintain & Upgrade
Having a single codebase enables your developer to maintain & update your application much faster as compared to native apps.
Disadvantages Of Hybrid Apps
Hybrid apps are not as good as native apps, when we talk about the performance. This is perhaps, most important reason why many businesses don’t want to use hybrid apps.
However, if your objective is to launch a new concept, just to test the market for it (since you may not have enough budget), hybrid app could be the best option for you as it will save your development cost significantly.
#2 UI/UX Compatibility Issue
Hybrid apps also lack in UI/UX compatibility because of the single code base for all the platforms.
In other words, if you want to develop an app for both iOS & Android using hybrid technology, there may be a design mismatch for either of these platforms.
The differences may be minor in nature, but it could be frustrating for the loyal users of iOS or Android to handle these mismatches.
For instance, the Android devices generally have a back button, so you may not want to show another back button for them with the app. But if you do that, you’ll have to face the frustration of iOS users as there is no back buttons on iOS devices.