Key difference between Native App and Hybrid App

Since, the world is so big, there should not be any place for getting the confusion regarding the mobile app development.

No one can give you the exact answer that which type of app you should build. It totally depends on your choice, on your budget and on time-scale.

I am writing this article to explain you the key differences between the native and hybrid app.

After reading this article, you will understand that different user have different perception for the mobile app, but hybrid apps perform better than the native apps.

So, Let`s discus some of the key differences of native and hybrid apps.

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Native Apps

Native Apps, found or live on device and can be accessed through icon. Native Apps can be installed form an application store (Google play store or Apple App Store). Native Apps are specifically developed for one platform, but used by all the device features like the camera, GPS, the accelerometer, the compass, the list of contacts and so on.

The native application can also work online and they will use the device notification system.

For iPhone, the native apps are written in Objective-C, for Android they are written in JAVA etc.

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Features of native apps:

  1. They are fast, more reliable, and most responsive experiences to users.
  2. They can resides into many other functionality like camera, microphone, and accelerometer and swipe gestures, compass.
  3. Native apps use push-notifications. It will alter the contents every time when new user will arrive, to get their attention. This is a key method of engagement. By this, you can continually bring the audience which attracts toward your app.
  4. People spend their more time on app. That’s y the popularity of apps is increasing rapidly.

But if your budget allows you, then native apps are the best option, which offers best user`s experience.

Building it from scratch, used on multi-platform is the support-key, but also be aware that native apps is the most costly option.

Examples of native apps: Angry BirdsShazam.

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Hybrid Apps:

Hybrid Apps are the part of the native app and part of web apps. Like native apps, they also live in app store and like the web apps they rely HTML in a web browser.

Hybrid apps are more popular because they allow cross platforms development, and then the development cost also reduce. Since it is developed in HTML its code components can be reused on different mobile operating systems. By using tools like Phone Gap and Sencha Touch which allow the people to design and code across platforms, by using the power of HTML.

As compared to native app, the hybrid apps are quicker to build and cheaper too. You can also change the platforms and easy to maintain. Sometimes, hybrid app will make your browser speed slow.

It uses the same web-technology that web-apps use like HTML5, CSS and java script.

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The two main players in the world of hybrid apps: Phonegap/Cordova and Appcelerator Titanium. With these tools you create HTML/CSS/Javascript local files, design and build the app as if it was a website, then use Cordova to wrap them into a mobile app.

Sometimes, getting your hybrid app to run on each platform becomes an important task. But in these situations, the total cost become comparable to the native apps. It totally depends on your choice that hoe much native app user experience you want it that, or how simply your app will work.

But when a user access the web content online through a hybrid app, its performance will become very slow as compared to native apps.

The benefit of having a hybrid app is that, it built on a single core, you can easily add functionality and can see multiple versions of app.

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But in native apps, whenever you want to enter new functionality, that feature will be replaced on every platform.

Examples of hybrid apps: FacebookTuneIn RadioLinkedIn

Hybrid app solutions: PhoneGapBridgeIt


Choosing from native and hybrid app, in building the application is totally depends on one`s choice. Both are well-suited and used precisely. As a Mobile App Developer in India I would suggest you to go Hybrid Apps. As we have discussed its advantages above.

So that’s it for today, check our other blogs on Android.

About The Author:

Author is a content marketing head at Mobile App Development Company in Jaipur. He love to write on Mobile application and app marketing niche. Feel free to contact him for free consultancy.


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