The difference between native and hybrid application development

Business mobile applications rule the current trends and there are plenty of mobile app developers in Florida. A lot on this topic is still unclear. A business, commercial or professional organization may require development of a mobile application for which it is ready to invest financial resources. But a professional entity which requires the development of a mobile application will have not have the expertise on how the process works or on the variants of mobile apps.

This post aims to illuminate the concepts of native and hybrid development for interested organizations as well as the general reader.

A native mobile application is a smart-phone program that has been created for a particular platform or device such as an iOS, Android or Blackberry. A unique quality of native apps is that users can use some apps without an internet connection. 

Hybrid apps are created for use on multiple platforms such as Android, iPhone and Windows phones. They are web applications (or web pages) that can be run in a native browser. Such apps support multiple operating systems at costs lower than developing multiple native

Both native and hybrid apps have various ways of meeting the different needs and purposes of users and developers alike. Choosing between native and hybrid apps will depend on several contrasting factors including budget, targeted audience and deadlines. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, and the final choice depends on the specific requirements.


Differences between Native apps and Hybrid apps
Feature Native Apps Hybrid Apps
Device access Full Full
Performance High/Fast Medium/Good
Development Language Objective C for iOS or Java for Android operating systems HTMLS, CSS and JavaScript
Development Cost Expensive Reasonable
Development Time High Medium
Offline mode Supported Not Supported
Maintenance High Medium
Speed Very Fast Good
Cross Platform Support No Yes
User Interface Good Good
UI/UX High Moderate
Advance Graphics Moderate High
Security High Low
Code Portability Low High
Security High Low
Code Portability Low High
Complexity More complex to code Less complex to code
User experience Better user experience Less user experience than native apps
Graphics Better graphics Lesser graphics than native apps
Portability arder to port to other systems Easier to port to other systems
Integration The camera, address book, geo-location, and other features native to the device can be seamlessly integrated into native apps. Some device features may be harder to integrate into hybrid apps.
Internet Connection Not Required Always Required
Gesture Support Yes Yes

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