Hybrid vs Native Mobile Apps

Hybrid vs Native Mobile Apps

Hybrid vs Native Mobile Apps

User experience

Research indicates that only 79% of mobile users will retry a mobile app if it fails on the first attempt and only 16% will retry more than two attempts. Always remember a poor mobile App experience will discourage a mobile user from using an App again. So, when you are doing things get it right from the start.

It can make or break the success of an App.

Since the release of the iPhone in 2007, we can no longer image the world without smartphones and mobile applications. Mobile users rely on mobile Apps for finance, insurance, gaming, emails, music, buying and selling goods etc. More importantly, mobile users expect to do business with your company via their mobile devices.

Before entering the Mobile App development world, you need to decide whether you want to amaze and entice your Mobile App users by building a native application that works well on the platform of their choice (Android or iOS)or if you want to build hybrid application supporting multi platforms?

In this article we are going to discuss the difference between native and hybrid Apps and how it impacts on website performance, release cycles, user experience and market approach.

I. Design of Interfaces

A native App is a smartphone application developed specifically for a mobile operating system in Objective-C or Swift for iOS or in Java for Android.

Hybrid applications are web Apps built using HTML5 and JavaScript, wrapped in a native container which loads most of the information on the page as the user navigates through the application.

II. Cost

Hybrid Apps once built can submit to all platforms like iPhone, Android, Windows Phone using PhoneGap or similar technology. And the development cost will be low when compared to developing a Native App.

On the other hand native App design and development takes time to give a native feel and native user experience. And you have to design separately for Android and iOS platforms.

III. Development time frame

If you want to tap a private market in less than three months, then a Hybrid App is your best option. If your test is successful, then you can move to Native App development to showcase it to the world.

IV. User Experience and Performance

A Native App is faster and more reliable than a Hybrid App as it provides better performance. Users can navigate and interact with the App without page loading issues.

V. Security

When it comes to security Native Apps are more secure than Hybrid Apps and many server side issues are experienced in Hybrid Apps.

VI. Tools and Debugging

In Native App development bug finding and fixing can be easily undertaken as it provides a better development environment and reliable tooling to test and debug the work.

There are no such reliable Hybrid App development tools that can help with fast debugging and fixing issues. Sometimes the developer may spend a few hours to fix a problem in a Hybrid App environment where the same problem can be identified and fixed within minutes using the Native App development tools.

VII. Release cycles

If your company adds a new feature in a Hybrid application, the updates load from the server and the user can start using it as soon as it is updated in the server.

But in Native Apps users have to manually update Apps to see any changes.

 It's one of the most intuitive systems we've ever worked with and it simplified our workflow to a degree where it made the job enjoyable.

Levi Tamou