If you are new to the world of app development, then you are likely to be baffled by the various platforms available for mobile application development. Choosing a right mobile development framework is a daunting task given the number of parameters the developer has to take in for consideration. As an app developer, you should have a basic idea of the native apps and hybrid apps. Consider the type of audience your app is targeted for and whether your app caters to iOS users or Android users.
Have a quick look about native apps and hybrid apps before dwelling into the factors required for consideration.
If an application is created for a specific mobile device and runs on a specific operating system, then it is a native app. The technical aspects, features, and user experience are higher when it comes to native apps.
Hybrid apps are built with an aim to function on multiple platforms with one code. This can become a hindrance to reach its full potential in using device hardware features and thus has restricted functionality than native apps.
This is the primary factor for deciding on which mobile framework to launch for an app developer. Priority should always be given to the end user. If your app is catering to the global audience, then it is better to choose Android as it has a larger user base. If you are looking to launch your app for a specific region, then find out whether Android or iOS prevails in that part and design on that platform. Reaching the majority of customers is the ultimate goal for an app to succeed.
If you are interested in the speed and performance of the app, then go for native app development. They utilize the resources better than hybrid apps and load faster. The speed of an app equals its efficiency and performance for the end user. From the point of resource utilization, native apps use hardware and software resources well compared with hybrid apps.
For most of the mobile applications targeting a wider audience, hybrid app development is the easiest choice. It has a wider reach of audience and app development is also relatively easy. When compared to native apps, hybrid apps are easier to develop and require less coding. It takes less amount of time to create and market such hybrid apps.
In order to stay in the app business for longer durations, apps need to be updated. The app development and technology are in ever-changing mode. Every few months, new features are added to the apps to update them. It benefits the native app users to receive updates on time without any delay, whereas the updates in a hybrid app are solely based on the developer and when he releases it. Hybrid app updates are easier as one update code is enough for all and native apps need different codes for different platforms.
Integrated Development Environment
For app developers to try and test the new apps and their features, Google and Apple provide such environments. This feature is available for native app developers and it has a limited reach when it comes to hybrid app developers.
Ease of Development
Hybrid apps are easier to develop, update and maintain. When it comes to the cost of developing an application, hybrid app development is cheaper than native apps. For the development of hybrid apps, there is a huge market with plug-ins which makes the task of application development easier for the developer.
If you are keen on developing an application which looks professional and has good compatibility with the mobile device, then go for native mobile app development. A native app is made with specific mobile design in focus and this is the reason why they look better than hybrid apps.
If you make one app to suit different resolutions and hardware features like hybrid apps, then the integrity of the look and feel of the app is lost. Native apps use specific UI standards while developing the app which makes the navigation easier and have a better interface.
Monetary Value (ROI)
Reaching a lot of users will earn higher revenue but it depends on whether your app is free or a paid version. Paid apps fare better on iOS devices than Android. Native apps get higher returns as the features, performance, and capabilities are better than hybrid apps.
The return on investment for the app is also dependent on its cost of development. Also, consider the time frame taken for app development. Weighing all these parameters together will give you the answer for choosing a right mobile network.
Use of Mobile Hardware
Is your mobile application dependent on the hardware features like GPS and camera of the device? Then develop an application using a native app as they can make use of the device hardware features without restrictions. These features are out of the league for hybrid apps unless they collaborate with big shots of the app development industry.
Identify the Suitable Framework
If you have a great expertise at writing codes, then native applications can be created well. The developers need different codes for maintenance and for updates too. Most commonly used codes are C, Swift or Java for native apps. Hybrid app developers utilize the HTML, CSS, and JS technologies to create their apps.
Since native app developers have control over the runtime of the app, they can add layers of protection while developing it. Hybrid apps have security issues as they are designed as rapid application and adding layers of security takes time and money which contradicts the existence of hybrid apps.
Before diving into app development, consider the above factors and choose which audience your app is targeting, expertise in coding, and budget limitations. If you want to develop an app with good features and functionality, then go for native app development. If you wish to create an app easily and manage its budget and maintenance without worry, then go for hybrid app development.
Author’s Bio: I’m currently working as Android App Developer with TheAppsmiths. I have a great passion for building world-class products as I loves technology. In the last couple of years, I have worked with big and small mobile app Development Company in India. I have learned new technologies as well as mentoring and helping others to get started in their programming career. I have a keen interest in mobile App development, IPAD Development, Game development, etc.