Native vs Hybrid vs Web Application: Which one you should choose?

There are a number of ways in which mobile/Web Application can be built. The process of app development can be confusing yet exciting at the same time. One thing you must decide early on is the type of app you want to build. You will be able to make this decision once you have analyzed all the factors involved. This article will help you learn more about the different kinds of apps available and which factors to consider while making your final decision. The three kinds of apps available include Native and Hybrid Application not forgetting the Web app.

Native Apps

These are the kind of apps that are developed to be native to certain platforms such as Apple and Android. They can then take full advantage of all the features on the device such as the camera, the list of contacts, the GPS among others. They live on the device and can be accessed through icons that are found on the home screen of the device. They are also able to work offline on the device. They are usually the majority in any mobile device. An example of a native app includes Waze.

Pros
— They provide the fastest, most responsive and most reliable experience to its users because they work with the built-in features of the device.
— Provides an easier way on how you can tap into the functionality of the device.
— It has a large number of UI/UX differences which makes the user enjoy the experience.
— They have full support from app stores and numerous marketplaces.
— Users are assured of the safety and security of the apps on their devices because the apps are usually approved by the app store.

Cons
— A codebase has to be managed for every platform launched.
— Apps on Android are not able to run on iOS and the reverse is also true.
— Two separate developers (Android or iOS) are required to create apps on both platforms. This is because the developers usually specialize in one of the two platforms.
— They are costly to make and maintain as compared to hybrid apps especially if one requires the app to be used in different platforms and mobile devices.
— Approval of the app at the AppStore can be a long and tedious process, and there is no guarantee for success.

Hybrid Apps

These are mobile apps that can be installed on a device and are able to run on a web browser. As the name suggests they are part native apps and part web apps. Developers use HTML, Javascript and CSS to build them. They usually run in Webview, which is a simplified browser within the app.

Pros
— Ability to work on multiple platforms hence giving the developer an easy task when it comes to managing the codebase.
— Saves a lot of time that could have been used to develop the same app on a different platform.
— Less expensive to hire their developers than for native.
— They are able to be scaled to other platforms once one platform is built.
— The ability to access device features is retained just like in native apps.

Cons
— They have a lower performance than the native apps because they load in web view, the browser-like component.
— Needs a lot of time and work in order to make the hybrid work efficiently on various platforms.
— The UX of the hybrid app might suffer as you try to please the various platforms.