If you are going to invest in a mobile app, and you are someone who is not IT savvy, you may be wondering what are native and hybrid apps? What is the difference between both in terms of functionality and cost? And what platform best suits my business and my app?
Native apps are designed and coded for a specific device. Each has its own development framework. For example, iPhone apps are written in the Objective-C language and Android Apps are written in Java.
A professional app developer and develop a native app easily as iOS and Android platform both offer developers their own development tools, interface elements and standardized SDK.
Advantages of Native Apps
- Native apps are the fastest, most reliable and responsive experience to users
- Can make use of wider functionality such as Camera, microphone, compass, accelerometer, swipe gestures etc.
- Push Notifications – alerts users every time new content is published or any other message requiring user’s attention
The only downside of a native app which we can think of is an iOS app written in Objective-C language will not work on Android device and vice versa. Both platforms iOS and Android requires the app to be built separately from scratch. Nowadays, it is best to create apps for both platforms since there is almost an equal amount of users using both platforms. Developing only for one platform would mean missing out the second half of the users.
Phonegap/Cordova and Appcelerator Titanium are used to design and build Hybrid Apps as if it was a website and finally using Cordova to wrap them into a mobile app.
So what do you think is the best platform for your business? Well, that would entirely depend on your budget, timeline, business objectives and audience needs.