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The Native Vs. Hybrid Playing Field Hasn’t Been Leveled Yet!

Author: Rakesh Patel
by Rakesh Patel
Posted: May 29, 2018
app development

Most web and mobile applications do not require graphics or 3D animations but only simple read, write, create, update, and delete functions. In cases where there is no requirement of heavy performance or no game development, hybrid turns out to be a better option instead of choosing native app development. Yes, even today the native v/s hybrid playing fields haven’t just been leveled- in fact, hybrid is ahead in the competition!

When starting, the app development procedure, a common question always arises, what is the best mobile app development platform to develop an app- Native or hybrid? The following post acts as a progress report that offers reviews based on the top concerns and sees how they’ve progressed.

Native apps

As the name itself signifies, Native apps are "real" programs that run on a device at the operating system level. They need to be installed on a smartphone or tablet. Based on binary code which once started interacts on the direct basis with the underlying mobile operating system, be it iOS or Android. All APIs that a mobile system and its hardware have to offer can, therefore, be accessed. As a result, this gives a developer more options and easier access to the integrated sensors such as gyroscope, positioning, and much more. In fact, it may quite interest you to know that the special features of a system can also be used more intensively.

Another major factor that needs to be kept in mind is- technical know-how of a development team. The level of experience must be higher as compared to other development scenarios. I mean a professional shouldn’t depend on selling on proven API’s and frameworks, they must be capable of using relevant techniques, languages, and frameworks that are needed to provide best mobile applications.

Advantages

  • Offers the best performance and use the last available hardware resource to improve performance. • Applications even work at offline mode • Provides better visibility to the prospective users

Disadvantages

  • Need big budgets to support Native platforms
  • App updates need to be downloaded by users • Availability of developers for ramping up

Hybrid apps

Snazzy gadgets like tablets and smartphones now have the ability to offer well-equipped web browsers, which eventually offer a host of possibilities with HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. Much unlike native apps, hybrid app can be developed by someone with no expertise. App updates are also performed as usual – simply install them on the server and that’s it. Furthermore, this gives users up-to-date data straight away, without compelling them to maintain and install an update from an app store. As a result, web apps are considered good for all scenarios that require apps to be extremely up to date and easy to maintain. For example, in real time during an event with an editorial system. Let’s discuss the pros & cons of HTML5 mobile applications

Advantages

  • Quite similar to a normal web app, except that they are designed to work at smaller screens. • The distribution of these apps is quite easy. All you need to do is deploy the web app on your web server and users will access it from their browsers. • There are some very good mobile UI frameworks like JQuery Mobile, Sencha Touch, mgwt which provides several widgets for mobile. • These apps can probably reach out all platforms since they run on browsers and all the modern smartphones have a browser. • The development and testing of these apps are easier as they are similar to normal web apps where you have tooling support.

Disadvantages

  • Apps don’t have access to the native functionality • Performance doesn’t match with native apps • These apps work in offline mode, but that doesn’t match what native apps offer.

If you ask me if hybrid app development is taking lead, I would say yes!

Hybrid as a platform leverages a great combination of portability among platforms of the HTML5 and accessibility in each and every feature of the native application. Gartner says, around 50% of the apps deployed will be Hybrid apps. One of the best examples to consider for Hybrid app development is PhoneGap. PhoneGap allows applications to be developed and assembled in span or just a few moments, even if you don’t make use of compilers, hardware, and SDKs. It’s quite similar to developing an individual iOS app for Android, without even using Xcode and Macintosh in very less time.

About the Author

Rakesh Patel is Marketing Manager at eTatvaSoft - web, ecommerce and mobile app development company in India. He writes on Technology Trends, Marketing, Entrepreneurship & many more.

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