Native Apps are developed for a particular platform or device using particular programming language and technologies. Since a native app is built specifically for a platform it is going to be used on, it not only looks and performs better but also optimises the user experience.
However, if the developer wishes to launch the app in a different platform or device then the design and development process almost needs to be started from scratch. As a result, the deployment takes a longer time. Examples of native apps are Google Maps, Facebook for iOS and Android.
Web application can be accessed through a web browser over the internet. It doesn’t need to be downloaded like mobile apps which means it supports every platform and version of operating system. Further more, features can be deployed faster and it does not take up any memory space on the user’s device.
However, internet connection is needed for the web app to function properly and the access to to the smartphone features is limited.
Hybrid apps can be installed on a device and can run via a web browser. It lies somewhere between native and web app. It combines the benefits of both types of app development. Technically, a hybrid app is a web app packed into a native app container. Besides that, this kind of apps are able to reach a wider audience as a result of it’s cross-platform feature.
However, it can lead to limited performance and lacks the native look and feel. Examples of hybrid apps are Instagram, Evernote and Twitter.
Which is better?
Well, it really depends on the purpose of the application. When compared to hybrid and web apps, native apps are considered to be the most reliable with extraordinary performance. However, if you’re looking to develop a native app specifically for android and iOS then it will take longer time to deploy. In such case, it becomes highly important that changes in the market and client’s needs are consistently monitored and the features are updated accordingly prior to production. This is to make sure that the application is in line with the users’ requirement which may have been changed over time from ideation to production/development, given the longer development duration.
Which app do you prefer? We’d love to hear your thoughts.
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