Hybrid Mobile App Vs Native App: To Help You Make A Choice!

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Hybrid Mobile App Vs Native App: To Help You Make A Choice!

Smartphone usage has been increasing steadily every day. Mobile app development, whether native, hybrid or other kind has brought a boom in the industry. This boom is creating entrepreneurial and employment opportunities. After getting to know about the mobile application development process, the next query is about the type of apps that are to be developed. 

Organisations, businesses, people who want to develop an app, are usually confused about which kind to build. The confusion pops up majorly because of one reason- inadequate knowledge about applications and their kind. Let’s clear the air and get to know about them!

Usually, the confusion is between native and hybrid apps. Before you make up your mind to choose either of them, it is crucial that you understand what these apps are, separately. Then, make a comparison to reach a conclusion. Making an informed choice proves to be the best in a long run. Just gear up dear readers… and don’t worry, this isn’t too technical or difficult to comprehend. Let’s get at that!

What are native applications?

These applications are created for one particular platform or operating system (OS). Since they are compatible with one platform, they cannot be used in a mix and match fashion, i.e., an iOS application cannot be used on an Android phone and vice versa.

These are the apps that come to the minds of users whenever they think of downloading an application from the Apple Store or Google Play Store. ‘Native’ applications, as the name gives a hint, are created for specific platforms (Android or iOS), built-in specific programming language. Programming languages for both platforms – Android and iOS – are different. While a native Android application is written in Java, a corresponding iOS application is written in Objective-C or Swift. 

Advantages of choosing such apps:
- They are considered to be the fastest applications
- They are the most reliable of applications
- They give an amazing user experience, as are fast and reliable
- They are capable of interacting with all of the device’s features; for example – camera, contact list, GPS tracking, microphone, etc. 

Is there any disadvantage?
Development and maintenance costs are a problem for those with a stricter budget constraint. Developing such an application requires a bigger budget, if you wish to develop it for multiple platforms, like Android and iOS. This also involves ongoing updates required to keep your native application updated.
High development cost can prove to be an impediment for small scale businesses with potential, but lesser money to invest. The time taken to develop these apps is also more as opposed to their hybrid counterparts.

What are hybrid applications?

They are the combination apps! Though wrapped within a native app, hybrid applications as the name indicates, are a blend of both the former and web apps. They take less time and are easier to develop as well. These apps are not high-maintenance! Your browser’s speed decides the speed of your hybrid app; implying thereby, that hybrid apps might not run as fast as native apps.

Operating system features can be incorporated into them. They can be downloaded from an Appstore and have their own icons too. Along with that, a hybrid application can use cross-compatible web technologies, like a web application.

Advantages of choosing such apps:
- They don’t require a lot of maintenance
- They are more flexible
- They are relatively easier to develop and consequently, the development process takes less time
- Unlike native apps, which require replication of every new feature on a different platform, hybrid apps can be built on a single base. This implies, new functionalities can be easily added to multiple versions of your app! 

Is there any disadvantage?

Speed of your hybrid app can be a problem. They are not as fast as their native counterpart. Adding on to that, though they are considerably flexible, but your developer won’t be able to access specific hardware features like AR (Augmented Reality).
You would require your users to create an account and log in, whenever they load your app. The constant popping up of login screen might frustrate users and limit engagement. This might lead to users abandoning your app, completely.

Which one should you choose?

Now this is basically why you wanted to understand the difference between hybrid and native applications. Budding entrepreneurs willing to invest in app development have a tough choice to make – to choose between hybrid and native. The pros and cons have been discussed above for your help. The answer to your query can be answered with questions like these:

- What are your priorities?
- What are the budget constraints?
- How fast do you need an application?
- What your venture wishes to accomplish with the app?
- What features do you need?

Final word

With basic information in hand, I hope you would be in a better place to decide what kind of application you wish to develop for your venture. Word of mouth travels fast yes, but decisions shouldn’t be solely based on words and opinions. They help while making a decision, yes, but it is highly important to be well-versed about a concept one wishes to explore.


A thorough understanding and research would enable you to make a decision that brings in higher revenues and more business. This was the intent of this write-up. Skim through the pointers again if you wish and decide between hybrid mobile app vs native app. They have their respective pros and cons, but they are definitely worth the investment!

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