Hybrid Apps VS Native Apps

Cutting-edge technology is everywhere in our modern world. We use our devices to do practically each of our daily tasks, and we use them in our leisure activities as well. They are indeed the instruments of great utility, so it makes sense that businesses see this as the tool to build a connection with their customer. The mobile apps are used in every possible sphere of our lives: education, health, entertainment, dating – you can find any sort of app you may not even think you need. This approach definitely helps improve retention and engage clients more than websites.  

Having decided on using a mobile app to spread their services, business developers have to face the question – what kind of app would fit their interests best? And in order to make this decision, a thorough understanding of two options is necessary. The first option being a Native App, and the second – a Hybrid App. So let’s dive in!

NATIVE APP

The native apps are like fish in the sea – they are built specifically for a certain device platform, to make the best of all the device features, meaning they can use the Camera, the GPS, the list of contacts and so on.  Usually, they have better performance and can be downloaded from the Apple Store or the PlayMarket. We use the native apps all the time – Facebook, WhatsApp, Uber Eats, PayPal, – and think how practical they are to use!
To be able to estimate the Native apps to full extent, you can read the short guide of its pros and cons below.

PROS  
Fast and responsive
Easy to tap into wider device functionality – meaning you can have access to microphone, camera, compass easily
Can use device’s notification system and work offline
App stores approval can help to  make sure that the user gets a high-quality product
CONS  
Price – they are usually more expensive to develop than hybrid apps
App stores approval can take some time and may be the reason of the release delay
Users can be on different versions and it may be harder to maintain the app  

HYBRID APP

This type of app somewhat resembles the Native one – you download it from the app store, install it and have instant access. However, on the inside it’s more like a Web app.

Let’s say, you have an idea of the application, but you are not sure whether users will like it or not. Therefore, your goal is to develop something usable as quickly as possible, without using many resources – you need something simple, but good. In this situation, you would want to use a Hybrid app. Untappd, Evernote, Instagram, Wikipedia are among the examples that you sure know of.

Without further ado, the advantages and disadvantages of Hybrid apps go as followed:

PROS
Easy distribution – can be found in the app stores
Cheaper to develop and easier to maintain
You still have features to mobile features 
CONS
Hybrid apps are usually slower than Native apps
Graphics are less accustomed to an operating system
Cross-platform developing takes substantial work


TO SUM IT UP

In this article, we have covered the main differences between Native and Hybrid apps. In the end, it’s up to you to choose which one meets your needs more and which you find to be more effective for your customers. Make a choice and feel free to contact us when you do – our team will be excited to provide our help with your apps!