Quick Answer – Native or Hybrid Mobile Apps?
If you are starting out a to develop an app, the most important decision that you must make, before entering the world of mobile app development is the approach you wish to take when building the mobile app.
When I talk about approach, basically there are two types of apps out there. The Native and the Hybrids. There are literally a million articles online, debating which approach is better, but the decision still has to be made keeping in mind the functionalities of both.
To certain OS guidelines, the app feels more at home. The mature ecosystem of development and particular user experience guidelines provides the advantage of faster performance.
The app has a look of comfort as it is more like other native apps on the system. This not only facilitates the end user by providing a better and simpler UX but also engages him to use the app more often. It is much easier to learn the in and outs of the app and hence the user is satisfied.
Native applications, being designed for a particular OS, have a quite significant advantage of possessing the capability to easily access and communicate with the built-in capabilities of the device (e.g., GPS, camera). Text messages, Cameras, Music Players are all device’s default apps, created in the native environment. A better communication between native apps provides a more efficient experience.
Now, Hybrid applications are websites that have been packaged into a native wrapper.
Most of the information on the page is loaded as the user navigates through the application. Whereas Native apps download most of the content at the time of installation.
Which One To Choose? Native or Hybrid?
If you are can wait six months or more before rolling out the application, taking the native approach makes more sense. Native applications most certainly better performance, better security, and better user experience.
But, you do not have the aforementioned six months, then hybrid apps could be the solution. The app and the site can be built on one source code.
The development time is considerably reduced. But it is not that easy. You always have to keep in mind the performance, the speed, the efficiency.
Each approach has its pros and cons. It is better to take some time planning on choosing native or hybrid before coding as it becomes a much easier plan with a clear goal in focus.