In today’s modern development, one question surfaces routinely, and that is what to choose between native and hybrid apps. Here, through this blog, I will help you to differentiate between native and hybrid apps for mobile development. Being a developer, you need to consider a few things before running off to develop software.

Lets first understand what is native apps?

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Native apps are platform-specific that is languages are specified as per platform before development. The platforms can be objective-c/ swift for the iOS operating system and java for Android. In comparison to hybrid apps, native apps have better performance and animations.

Native apps main features

  • Reliability 

  • Better user experience and fast performance

  • Online and offline transactions are supported

  • Features of native can be exploited

What is the Hybrid app?

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Hybrid apps are a mix of native and web-based apps. Technologies such as react native, Apache Cordova, Xamarin, Sencha Touch, Ionic, etc. fall into the hybrid category. Across multiple platforms, these apps are made to support web and native technologies.

Also, these apps are more comfortable and faster to develop. Single code base is required to work on multiple mobile operating systems.

Though hybrid apps have many advantages still exhibits lower performance. The reason being the app in different mobile operating systems fails to look and feel the same.

Typical hybrid app main features

  • Cross-platform UI

  • Merge with a device file system

  • Fastest mode of app development

  • Cost-effective maintenance 

  • For multiple profiles, there is a single code management

Comparison between hybrid and native apps

Aspect Hybrid Apps Native Apps
Code Reusability  Write once, run Anywhere Separate code for each platform
Languages used Developed using HTML, CSS and, Javascript Developed using objective-C/swift for iOS and java for android
Performance Medium performance Fastest and most responsive to users
Time and cost Save time and money High investment on time, money and resources
Development cycle speed Faster development cycle Higher development cost and time
Platforms multiple Single
Access to native APIs moderate high
Frameworks Rubymotion (Ruby), React Native, PhoneGap (on HTML5, CSS, JavaScript),Sencha Touch (on HTML5, CSS, JavaScript) API provided by OS
User interface Due to the use of web technology, it won’t be able to give full native experience to its users Attractive and rich user experience
Stores Microsoft Windows Store, Google Play, Apple App Store. Windows Store, Apple’s App Store, and Play Store
Project delivered Bitssa, Cuemath Reshotel, KYC BLOCK,Askdoc, LIFI, Grealth Fresh, Helping Home Services

While the question is, who is the winner in the “native vs. hybrid app” battle? When you will hire a mobile development agency or company and ask for suggestions, then certainly, they will suggest you hybrid as it takes less time and saves cost. But your requirements and priority matters first. That is the first consideration on which the app-building is chosen. Both native and hybrid have their pros and cons. Based on the requirements of a company, the choice is made. After sorting requirements, the next step is to choose app developers who will bring your ideas to life in a planned and efficient manner. 


At GKMIT, we can help you make your mobile app as per your ideas. 

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