When you commence the process of app development you are faced with a plethora of questions. Should you build an app for Android or iOS or both? The one thing which should be clear in your mind is that the app which you build should offer a superb user experience lest the users will not use it. It has been seen that users tend to use a mobile app just once and if they do not like it, they will not use it again.
Just 16% of users give an app a second chance. So, what is important is that users get a superb experience when they use a particular app.
There are basically two kinds of apps:
- Native Apps
- Hybrid Apps
These are a standard in mobile world. Native apps are basically written for a specific mobile operating systems, be it iOS or Android and they work best for the chosen platform. As native apps are made for a particular operating system, they can be only be accessed via a dedicated app store. This means Android application can be accessed just by Android users and is made using Windows, Java, C++ etc. Native app which is made for iOS application makes use of XCode/Objective-C. Native apps are native to operation system of the user and therefore built as per those guidelines.
Pros of Native Apps
- Complete Device Integration
With the native apps, it is possible to take full advantage of functionalities which are presented by the mobile devices such as: calendar, camera, GPS, microphone so many more. This offers experiences which hold more relevance contextually. The users get to enjoy more features which he would otherwise have no access in case he/she was using a hybrid app.
Easy to find in App Store
It is easy to access a native app via app stores. In case your app is visible in Google Play Store or the Apple App Store this means your app will ultimately catch the fancy of the users and enable you earn big bucks.
Android as well as iOS apps present a very good experience to the users by adhering to precise UI standards which are followed by apps created for such platforms. Because of this navigation becomes easy and users are able to follow systems in a hassle free way. Native apps thus facilitate smooth as well as descriptive transitions offering user with a seamless experience.
Do not necessitate internet connectivity
Depending on what functionality they offer, native apps do not always call for internet connectivity. This is a good feature as users will be able to use the app even at places where there is no WiFi. A hybrid app cannot be accessed where there is no Internet connectivity.
As native apps are developed keeping in mind only single operating system, they offer better performance than the hybrid apps. In case you wish to create a high-performance app, go in for native app.
Cons of Native apps
Need of more developers
Building a native app calls for more effort as well as time. Also, you need services of more developers for this task. It is vital to make sure that they have necessary skills as well as for developing the apps.
High Development Costs
Native apps are any day more expensive than hybrid apps. They are quite complicated and necessitate multiple code bases which have to be developed by the developers. This leads to higher expenses as compared to hybrid apps which need a single code base.
Hybrid applications on the other hand are websites which are packaged into native wrapper. These are as a matter of fact latest HTML5 applications. The biggest benefit of designing hybrid app is dependable, cross platform UI which is in sync with maximum number of devices. This mobile app development system is less expensive but this cannot be put to use for every kind of app.
Pros of Hybrid apps
- Fast development process
Hybrid apps do not necessitate the presence of too many developers to build the app. This is a good thing in case speed is a vital factor in your app development program.
- Apt for apps with small release cycles
In case you wish to regularly incorporate changes in your app, Hybrid app development is a very good alternative. Only if the change is huge will the users require updating the app. Updates can be put on the page which the user loads from the server. This way the users will find it easy to navigate through the app.
- Optimum for BYOD Programs
Hybrid apps are ideal for BYOD programs. They work across various platforms as well as devices, this way you are freed from the tension that your employees will not be able to access the app just because it is not compatible with their operating systems or devices.
- Reduced development cost
It falls cheaper to build a hybrid app than a native app. You do not have to undergo the problem of getting separate apps developed for separate platforms i.e. iOS and Android. Rather you will have an app which is ready for both platforms.
- Minimum requirements
The developers do not have to learn separate languages in order to build a hybrid app. Hybrid apps look as well as feel quite like a native app and can be created with just one language that is C# which is bolstered with frameworks such as PhoneGap wrapper or Cordova.
Cons of Hybrid apps
- Not impressive UX
One of the biggest flaws of hybrid apps is that they fail to present a complete native-like feel. And if users do not get an impeccable first experience, their likelihood of trying the app again falls down drastically.
- Reduced efficiency
As compared to native apps, Hybrid apps are generally slower. Because of this you are not able to have meaningful as well as smooth transitions.
- Presence of lags as well as UX issues
As hybrid apps do not present a seamless experience that is characteristic of native apps it can create serious performance issues in high-performing apps as well as games. Users will face lags and because of this, they might even leave your app.
So, these are few of the pros and cons of native and hybrid apps. Plan your need, weigh the pros and cons of each category and go in for app development accordingly.