Mobile App Comparison – NATIVE vs. HYBRID vs. WEB

Mobile App Comparison – NATIVE vs. HYBRID vs. WEB


1.  Native App 

Owing to development methodology, Native apps provide better user experience, fast experience and improved in-built functionalities.

Performance– Since the native mobile app is developed for a particular mobile operational system, these are fast and have better performance in comparison to the hybrid apps. This makes the native mobile applications perfect for games.

User Experience– Be it mobile apps for iOS or Android, each has its individual characteristic, that users feel natural. Long-time users of any mobile platform will not face any difficulty in handling the app as it follows the specific UI standards.

Built-in capability– Native apps can seamlessly access the built-in capability of the mobile devices. As a result, native applications can access GPS, calendar, camera and microphone easily than the hybrid apps.

Internet connection– Internet connection is not required by the native applications to work.

Audience– Users can find the apps easily in the respective App stores. So, businesses can reach out to their target audience easily.

The downside There are a few drawbacks of native apps as well. Native app development is difficult as developers have to be proficient in the particular mobile language. Since platform specific code is written for developing these mobile applications, developers need to use different API process and language for Android and iOS. Native app development increases the time of development and boosts the cost involved.


2.  Hybrid App

It is a web application in a native app shell. Hybrid applications are cross-platform and does not require different versions for iOS and Android. These mobile applications are developed with HTML5, JavaScript and CSS.

Advantages of Hybrid App 

In the year 2016, it’s predicted that over 50 percent mobile apps will be developed with a hybrid approach. Hybrid app development seems to be profitable for the businesses, as they do not have to separate developer for each mobile platform. It is a cheap and fast solution as you can develop a mobile app for both mobile platforms at the same time.

Development process– The development process is simple, which makes the speed to market fast.

Maintenance– Since the developers have to deal with a single codebase rather than multiple ones as in the case of native apps, maintenance is very easy.

Low Cost– Best part is that you do not have to develop mobile apps for two different mobile platforms.

Minimum requirement– Just one language is required for developing mobile apps that will be compatible for all the platforms. Thus, developers need not learn languages specific to the respective mobile platforms.

The downside- User experience is a major concern in hybrid mobile apps. Developers do not have access to built-in capability like camera, calendar, GPS and more, of the mobile device in hybrid methodology. Since the app can adapt to different operating system, users can feel the difference in interaction with the mobile app.


3.  Web App

Web applications are basically websites with interactivity that feels similar to a mobile app. Web apps run in multiple browsers — such as Safari or Chrome — and are written in HTML5 and/or Javascript. If your startup is on a budget and doesn’t require complex functionalities or access to operating system features, then building a web app can be the least expensive option.

Web apps can access only a limited amount of a device’s native features.

While a native app works as a standalone entity, the problem is that the user has to keep downloading updates. A Web app, on the other hand updates itself without the need for user intervention. However, it necessarily needs to be accessed via a mobile device’s browser.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *