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Native Mobile Apps Vs Hybrid Mobile Apps



Native mobile apps are apps developed for a specific mobile operating system. For example, iOS or Android. Hybrid mobile apps are apps that can be deployed across multiple platforms. For example, a mobile app that can function on iOS, as well as on Android. 

Native mobile apps

The popular programming language for Android apps is Java, and for iOS apps is Swift (a new coding language from Apple). Now, native mobile apps are specifically developed for a specific mobile operating system. Hence, they are more refined, and they provide better performance compared to hybrid mobile apps. If you are developing high-performance mobile games and applications, then definitely go with the decision to make them as native apps. The users usually find the UX of native mobile apps better. The reason for that is the platform-specific User Interface standards. For instance, take Windows desktop OS and Apple OS. A user who is familiar with Windows XP will have not much problem working on Windows 7 or Windows 10. However, he/she may find it difficult to work with OS X or even with Ubuntu from Linux.

Native mobile apps can easily tap into a device's microphone, calendar, camera, GPS, and such functionalities. If you are developing an app that needs the functionalities of the device that it is installed on, then develop the app as a native app. For example, if you are developing a game app like Pokemon Go that requires the device's camera, GPS, and so on to function, then create it as a native app.

If you want to provide more exposure to your app, then develop it as a native app. In general, apps with better UX are featured more frequently in the app stores. Users will be able to find them easily. An Internet connection is not a must for native mobile apps to function.

Hybrid mobile apps

Hybrid mobile apps are usually developed with cross-compatible web technologies such as CSS, HTML5, Javascript, and so on. They are basically web apps. Hybrid apps generally are hidden behind a native app shell. Popular mobile app development frameworks, such as Apache Cordova, can be used to wrap the hybrid apps in a native app shell.

Hybrid apps are cheaper to develop, compared to native apps. A native app requires two separate versions, one for iOS and one for Android. That is not the case with a hybrid app. A hybrid app is ready for both platforms by default. Some of the popular hybrid apps include Amazon Appstore, Twitter, Evernote, Apple App Store, Uber, and Instagram. You can just use one language to develop a hybrid app. That means a mobile app development company does not have to spend on various programming languages. A mobile app developer does not have to learn multiple programming languages. If you have limited resources, and you want to launch your mobile app as quickly as possible, then decide to develop your app as a hybrid one.

The majority of the bank, media, and news apps are hybrid. The main reason for that is because these apps have to be updated on a regular basis. Going to the App store to update your apps on a regular basis can be annoying. With native apps, you will have to do just that. However, hybrid apps can be updated directly from the web, that is, without visiting the App store. Another advantage of a hybrid app is that it lets you work out of a single code-base. This helps developer teams to work very efficiently.
One thing to keep in mind is that hybrid apps provide only limited access to a device's camera, microphone, GPS, and so on.

According to mobile app survey reports, if a mobile app fails to work the first time, 79% of users would try it once or twice more, and then they would just leave that app. Only 16% of users would give it more than two chances. So, while deciding on whether to develop your app as a hybrid or a native one, your primary consideration should be customer experience. Keep in mind that your app may get only one chance with the customers to make an impression.

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