Engineeringhybrid app development

The native vs. hybrid debate in app development has become one of those fallback conversations you have at office gatherings or jump into in forums when you want to procrastinate on your work. What makes it such an evergreen topic, in our opinion, is that there exists no definitive answer.

Hybrid development cuts the work and time spent on building a mobile application for multiple platforms with just one app that supports all platforms using web development languages like HTML5, CSS, and Javascript.

Although many developers have shifted to hybrid development, some still prefer native development, which entails building a separate mobile application for each platform, like iOS and Android. Native applications are normally written using Swift or Objective-C for iOS and Java for Android.

So which is better? Here are the most important factors to consider when choosing between native or hybrid development:

 

 

Performance

 

Since native apps are built specifically for a certain platform, they are typically written in lower-level machine code, which generally makes them faster and more efficient. This makes native development a better option if you are building an application with memory-consuming features and many background processes.

NATIVE = 1
HYBRID = 0

 

 

Development Time

 

Developing only one app for all platforms is definitely easier and less time consuming than developing a separate product for each platform. This is a great advantage for hybrid development as it allows for faster release, faster market penetration, and easier prototyping across platforms.

NATIVE = 1
HYBRID = 1

 

 

Development Cost

 

Going hybrid requires building just one application with one team that specializes in web development. Meanwhile, native development requires more development time and distinct teams for each platform, which means having to pay salaries for more talent over a longer period of time. Thus, the cost of developing a hybrid application is much cheaper.

NATIVE = 1
HYBRID = 2

 

 

Updating

 

In hybrid applications, it is much easier to add new features and bug fixes as users aren’t forced to install an update. With native apps, users typically have to install a new version whenever a new feature is added or a bug fix is made. Using a bug reporting tool that operates within your hybrid app makes this process even more seamless, as bugs can be detected and fixed in real-time.

NATIVE = 1
HYBRID = 3

 

 

UX

 

iOS and Android have different design and UX characteristics. The two platforms offer similar functionality, but are executed in different ways. Each has its own standard for things like lists, menus, and headers. Stray too far from these known patterns and you’ll risk confusing the user.

When you build a native app, it is really easy to meet users’ expectations because you are following specific standards. On the other hand, building a hybrid app means that you can’t strictly follow the two major platform patterns.

NATIVE = 2
HYBRID = 3

 

 

App Store

 

Getting app store approval to publish an application is not easy. They pay particular attention to UX and design conventions. As a result, getting app store approval for hybrid apps may be a bit harder.

NATIVE = 3
HYBRID = 3

 

 

Conclusion

 

Long story short, there is no right and wrong. Deciding between native and hybrid app development is about trade-offs and all depends on your app and future plans. Many apps began with one strategy that was appropriate for that time and situation, then later pivoted. For instance, the Facebook app started out as hybrid then shifted to native.

The key is to weigh your priorities. Given your time and resources, what is a must have and what is a nice-to-have? , Given the weight of the application and your beliefs about its future evolution within the market, is it crucial for you to build your application for both platforms at the same time from the start?

 

 

Thoughts?

 

Would you choose hybrid or native development for your app and why? Share your arguments with us in the comments below!

 

  • Really a great impressive article. Covered the points very impressively. If we talk about app development, the most important thing which first strikes is with choosing of Framework to develop the app on, it may be Native and Cross-Platform development both have their own perspective. But when there’s a question of which one to use for app development it hugely depends on the type of business one doing. Native is better in enjoying the premium features of an Application which costs and consumes a lot of your time. But its totally opposite in case of cross platform but we wont be able to redeem the features that we can do in native. So, when we develop an app we need to take care of a lot of things.

    But I would say it was really great going through the valuable write up!!

    Cheers
    Mobiloitte

  • Native and Hybrid app development both has its own pros and cons, it is up to the developer to choose which one best suits their application development. It’s advantages are purely dependent on the nature of the application. Read more about this comparison through this link.

    http://blog.knila.com/2016/12/14/speed-up-with-the-cross-platform-development-xamarin/

  • Hello,

    Congratulations for such article. The trends will change all the time and it is essential for the developers to adapt to the upcoming trends. What is important is the design thinking process which I believe is the core to mobile app development process.

    Thank you.
    Abhishek

  • I disagree. This was simply to show off bar animations. It felt like watching a soccer game where the game ends in a tie. Such a turn off. Hybrid for cheap easy structure, Native for customer experience and performance. 7/11 was an inside job.

  • Thank you for sharing your article. This is very informative article to native and hybrid platform applications development.
    Keep it up.

  • Hybrid apps give a short cut to deploy web apps as native apps by wrapping the web app code using a native framework such as PhoneGap. The distinct advantage the hybrid option gives is the reduction of development cost and time for rolling out apps for various mobile platforms using the same skill sets required for web application development. Wrapper technology frameworks which are available for most popular mobile platforms also expose some platform specific features, thus making them richer than pure web apps.

  • Omar Beshary

    Very nice article , i just have one question , why in ” Development Time ” native and hybrid have the same rate ?

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