There are thousands of mobile apps launched every single day. It becomes challenging for companies to decide the type of app that will be suitable for their business needs. Native, Hybrid, and Web are the different types of mobile app development options to choose from. There are multiple parameters such as performance, hardware features to access, debugging and profiling tools, dev support ecosystem, development cost, development time, ease of finding developers, easy to deploy and build size to be analyzed before narrowing down to one type of mobile app development suitable for you.
Native Application Development
When building an application for a specific operating system, native application development is used. This means those applications are native to a particular operating system. For developing an app for iOS and Android, these native applications will be separately developed by utilizing and exploring multiple technology stacks. There are all significant features related to the compatible devices and the developing platform supported by the native application development. The native apps can be downloaded from the respective application stores. For example, Android apps from the Google Play Store, iOS apps from Apple Play Store, and the like.
- Higher responsiveness and profoundly secure.
- Good performance and highly reliable.
- The app’s features are easy to understand.
- More interactive and intuitive.
- It is built only for a specific platform.
- The programming languages for the development of these apps like Swift and Java are difficult to learn.
- Maintenance is difficult and it is costly to develop these apps.
- The time required to develop the native app is more and the development is complex.
Hybrid Application Development
- Building up a Hybrid App is less expensive than building up a Native App.
- It can be developed for cross-platforms which decrease expenses for App development and has easy maintenance.
- It can be accessed via the App Store.
- The app has a browser that is embedded in the app itself.
- The user experience can be similar across different platforms.
- The performance of the hybrid apps isn’t great as it loads in a web view.
- It is costlier as compared to web apps.
- Not as interactive as the native apps.
- The user experience is less optimal as different customization isn’t possible for every platform.
Web Application Development
- Web applications run in an internet browser thus this responsive web application can be utilized across different devices.
- The cost of development is less.
- Installation is not required on local machines as host servers are used to run web apps.
- The users don’t need to download web applications that save internal storage.
- No need to download the updates now and then. You always use the latest version.
- You can share the web app with its URL, unlike other apps.
- The web application cannot be accessed without an internet connection.
- It isn’t available on app stores so to reach out to users; promotional work needs to be done.
- A significant amount of traffic from app stores is missed as it can’t be redirected to the app in any way.
- Nowadays social media apps have built-in browsers which reduce the use of web apps.