The Pros & Cons of Native and Hybrid Apps


There’s a tough competition between native and hybrid apps in the field of mobile technology. While  `developing an app, a general question that hits the mind of the business owners is: Should the app be native, web or hybrid?

Well, it would depend on your requirements and budget.

Here’s a summary of what you can expect from these types of apps:

Native apps:

When you use a native approach, it would make use of a faster and reliable programming language. In this case, each language would be tied to one specific platform. If you’re looking forward to develop an app for iPhone and Android, the code should be adjusted to meet the platform’s standards. That’s very important.

As native apps use the smartphone’s features that include the accelerometer, camera and address book, these apps would have better functionality as compared to other apps. This would offer a richer user experience. Such apps can be purchased and downloaded easily.

There are several design options available for native apps, but it surely requires complex development and maintenance.

Hybrid apps:

If interactivity, regular usage and offline compatibility are the main goals of your business, then a hybrid app would probably suit your preferences. Such apps offer combined advantages of the web apps and native development approaches.

The mobile app developers can easily program a large part of the app by making use of the web technologies. The access to native APIs is also available for the developers. Hybrid apps are a combination of a native and a web app. The popular social networking platform Facebook app is an example of a hybrid app as it has many native features but it also requires web updates to function properly.


Wondering which one is better? There’s no perfect approach that can be used for developing the apps. It is the developers and companies’ responsibility to examine the exact requirements of the clients and offer the best suitable solution.

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This page was last edited on April 28th, 2020, at 5:44.


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