There is always a debate about the native vs hybrid app, some are in the favor of native and some are not. Native and hybrid apps are built on different technologies and most people don’t know the difference between native and hybrid. It’s more confusing when we say that hybrid apps combine elements of both native and web apps.
Anyway, finally, both kinds of technologies have their own pros and cons. Hybrid apps built on both native and web technologies and in order to understand lets find out the difference between native and hybrid.
Native apps always use native programming languages such as Objective-C for iOS, Java/Android for Android. Native apps can be downloaded from the app store and user can install on their mobile devices. Native apps reside within the device itself and that is the reason it has high performance as native apps are good in accessing data. Native apps can also access push notifications which notify users about the content updates, promo, messages etc. Native apps can be integrated with 3rd party platforms and allow developers more ways to develop more features as required. Native apps always work constantly in the background whether the app is open or not. Meaning to say that it will sync the data and receive updates even you are offline. This is the big advantage of native apps as they are suitable for working offline.
As we mentioned, Hybrid app development combines both native and web apps capabilities to get the benefits. Basically, hybrid apps are the web apps which wrapped in a native container which means basic infrastructure of the hybrid apps is native but the contents are web based. It looks like a native app as browser embedded within it.
By merging both technologies, hybrid apps can get more advantages of native features of native apps by accessing data from different apps, offline work, download from app store while the actual data and content relies on HTML being depicted in a browser.
There are some advantages for hybrid app development such as access mobile device data, working offline, single coding for different platforms. However, there are challenges with hybrid app development which are slower performance, buggy contents during loading, visual issues, especially during gaming.
At the end, it is your choice if you are going with native or hybrid app development.
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