The creation of apps, especially for mobiles, is still subject to many misconceptions. As we step into the first mobile world, several businesses with mobile apps face a popular problem – what are we supposed to do? Should we create a mobile, native or hybrid application?
What is Native Application?
The native application is a software or program designed to accomplish certain specific tasks on a certain environment or platform. Native application for a certain software environment, hardware platform or OS, developed with software development tools (SDK). Similarly, the iOS app is developed using iOS SDK, Swift and Objective C with Java Development Kit, which is required for Windows.
What is Hybrid Application?
Hybrid apps can only be downloaded as a native app from the platform app store. It can access all native platform functions and work near the native app.
Below are the key distinctions.
- WebView runs the hybrid software (A view that displays web pages, uses the same engine of browser but no browser like widgets).
- The plugins needed to access the platform’s native features like camera, microphone, etc (Native plugins are like wrapper on top of native libraries or components).
- We can create hybrid applications for any platform from a single code base.
Why choose Hybrid Application?
- Single code base means to write and run once for all platforms. But for the native applic scenario, separate app and code have to be created and maintained for each platform.
- Any channel including the website can also offer the same app since web technology is everything you need.
- Hybrid App is web based, so the same app can be run on the browser or run as a Progressive Website App (PWA).
- Hybrid apps can accelerate hardware as well as the native app.
- Whatever user changes between different devices or browsers, hybrid apps can have the same, consistent user experience across platform.
Drawbacks of Hybrid Application
- Performance is similar to native applications in most applications. But 3D, HD sports, graphics-oriented apps and other performance-centric applications could not function hybridly.
- The hybrid app can access all features in the native system such as touch Id, media and so on but relies on native plugins. Often the whole new system feature could not be readily accessible. We may compose ourselves, but it makes the production more complicated.
- Hybrid app is based on various books and frames such as Cordova, which are ionically synchronized with latest version and releases on the web.
Why choose Native Application?
- Native SDKs allow access to device functionality without addressing Native plugin complexities. And new device features are available from the SDKs box.
- Not many open source library and platform dependencies, including Cordova and Ionic.
Drawbacks of Native Application
- Separate development initiative, which raises development times for each platform.
- The individual release cycle and updates for each platform code add time and expense in development.
- Still challenge the release of the same feature on all platforms because of different code bases.
- Each platform requires various skills to create and maintain the same application, which increases the cost.