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Native or Hybrid? The Difference.

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Today, in this fast pace technology world, where the screens are getting smaller and apps are getting big. Mobile apps play vital role, have directed the focus from Websites, to the apps on mobile devices. Mobile applications are no longer an option but crucial for any company or developers. In developing a mobile application, one of the most important question to ask is what type of app they will release. There are few factors to consider while choosing what app is best for you. These factors can be:

1. Functionality

What functionalities or features you want in your app is one of the most important thing to ponder upon. You have to consider, whether your app requires the access of global positioning system (GPS), Camera, contact list, etc. advanced graphics or its functions will be simpler and straightforward. This will help in making business strategy, and also help you decide whether you should go for native app or hybrid app.

2. User Experience

The quality of the user experience is all that matters when developing the app. The users EXPECTS the app to be spontaneous and responsive in terms of performance and speed. A highly interactive user experience has prominent benefits, the engaged users will interact with the apps more often and for longer periods. Which can translate into more dollars and value of app.

3. Time Constraints

Another factor to consider is the time period you have for developing the mobile app. Whether you want the application to be built out and released in the market as soon as possible or you can wait for more than couple of months for the app to be launched. However, ASAP usually means many compromises done in app development as well as in decision making.

4. Your Budget

Paying close attention to your priorities, whether you’ll hire offshore or in house developers, will help you get a good idea of what your app development budget will most probably look like. The right app development won’t be cheap, but it’ll be well worth the cost.

Make sure to do in-depth research and focus on all the above factors, so that you can choose the best type of app that suits your requirements, or else if you end up in choosing wrong type, you will have to remake the entire application, this means double time, money, efforts and resources. Make sure you don’t have to rework and take the right decision.

Native app is the way to go if you have a lot of money, time and development skills and resources, while hybrid app is a good choice for simple, straight-forward and relatively cheaper mobile apps.

Let’s have a minute look at both the options, so you can have better idea of what works the best for you.


With more than 800 million iOS devices sold and 900 million android devices activated, mobile is outdoing desktop. Almost 86% of mobile users prefers apps versus the browser. The Native experience is greater than web or hybrid option, with respect to factors such as, performance, speed, user experience and security, these are all skewed heavily in favor of native apps.

Native User-Interference allows the user to quickly learn the app because of in-app interaction that looks and feels consistent with general apps on the device. Thus the user is more likely to learn how to navigate and use the mobile app faster. It is easily discovered in app stores (Apple’s App Store, Google Play Store), which provide you with a number of ways to promote your app at little cost. You’ll have opportunity to include a description, screen shots of your app and reviews that will attract consumers to go ahead and download the app.

When we talk about performance and speed the native app is faster and more reliable by its very design, because user navigate a native mobile application, its contents, visual elements and structure is already on their phone, therefore providing a seamless experience. Access to device hardware or software allows higher level of access for developers to take full advantage of frameworks offered by Apple, Android, and Microsoft to make sure that their apps include the up-to-date features of these operating systems.

Native apps are self-sufficient, data that is associated with the native app is stored on the device, but can also be stored remotely and accessed by the native app. Internet connection or WiFi may not be required to use these apps, depending on the nature.

On the downside, native apps are typically more costly to develop, especially if you are assisting multiple devices. Supporting multiple platforms requires maintaining multiple codes, and can result in high costs in development, maintaining, updating, and etcetera. Some users may choose to ignore an update resulting in different user using different version of apps. This can make your app harder to maintain and provide support for. While users can easily access a native app on their mobile devices, it is mandatory that first they download the program from an app store and that install it on the device. This can be turn off for some people.


When it comes to simpler and straight-forward, less costly, convenient app, built with HTML or Javascript, but also has some features of native apps, like storage on the home screen of the device and some API integration, we think about hybrid app.  A hybrid is a web-written app that is encapsulated in a native carapace that accesses the internet via browser embedded in the program.

It is advisable option to consider when you have less time and budget to launch the app, hybrid app could be a better alternative because the app can be built in one source code, released in multiple platforms, and development time and effort is considerably low as compared to native applications.

The key to successful app experience is its performance. The hybrid app is far behind if we talk about performance speed. The number of server requests and the load balance requests are two issues that impact the overall performance of app. While most of a hybrid app’s functions are Internet-based because of the extensive use of web codes, the rations of the program written in native code are able to be accessed offline. So Hybrid apps can be used both online as well as offline.

The Hybrid mobile app has become famous in mobile app development. Hybrid app can considerably reduce the time and cost of mobile app development, by allowing developers to use web languages like HTML, Javascript, CSS to target multiple platforms from a sole code base, rather than writing native code for each platform separately. This is one of the main attraction of Hybrid App, you can build it once and then release it across multiple platforms. It has only one user interference for all platform users.

Hybrid apps can be accessed through a web browser present in the mobile device. Hence, there’s no need to install new software. Updates and other fixes are only made to the web server without user intervention as compared to native apps where user has to update the app manually.

Demerits of choosing Hybrid Application are that mobile web apps cannot access all of the device’s features (hardware/software), because of this user doesn’t experience the consistency of app with the mobile device. Unlike native apps, hybrids do not require frequent updates for app, but when talking about some changes in app that requires update, it is likely to result in significant additional costs in the long run. When we talk about the searchability, users find it harder to search a mobile app because of the lack of a centralized app store. Hybrids app aren’t found by search engines usually.

Whether you decide to build a native app or hybrid app, it totally depends on factors such as your business goals, desired audience, and technical requirements and so on.

You don’t necessarily have to pick up any one either native app or hybrid app. As mentioned before, companies like Facebook, Linked-In, Twitter, maintain both the apps. However, the main constraints can be budget and resource required to resolve if we should give priority to a native app or hybrid app.

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