If your app is asking for GPS access, is letting you swipe and even allowing pinch out zoom, you have certainly downloaded a native app. However, another app allows these very same features but lags behind a bit on performance; you have landed yourself with a hybrid app. The war of Hybrid vs. Native App Development started when phones started losing its keys and are very much still on. All this debate ultimately ends with performance, and one stands out as a clear winner.
For those behind in time
It’s okay if everything seems Hungarian to you till now. Let’s break down the technicalities and then go on to compare them (and find out the winner).
- Native Apps
These are platform based. Simply speaking, these apps are designed specifically to run on either Android or iOS and simply die when installing on the other. Xcode and Objective-C are used for iOS apps while Eclipse and Java are for Android. The whole package is downloaded and installed on your phone and can run independently without a net connection. A perfect example would be your camera or gaming apps.
Hybrid Apps –
These combine the good points of HTML5 apps and native apps. HTML5 apps are platform independent and run a single code for all OS. What Hybrid does is, writes the code in HTML5 code and encapsulates it in native code. Facebook and Instagram are typical examples. One app for all and most data downloaded from the net.
Hybrid sounds better already? Why not? Any company or institution with their sights set on launching an app will definitely want it to be hybrid. It’s like paying your programmer once for writing one code and something extra for native encapsulation. But here is the catch! Things are not what they seem like.
Hybrid vs. Native App – which one then?
Take your phone’s gallery you just downloaded. How good does that look? All folders in the form of tiles, pinch, and zoom, swivel features, all included. These you get in a native app. Access to your phone’s built-in features is easy and fast. These apps provide multi-touch and fluid animation along with fantastic graphics API. These are easy to use, and the response is lightning speed.
On the other hand, can you pinch and zoom in on Instagram? It runs fine enough and can access your camera or gallery, but the experience is nothing like that of a native up. If your net speed falls, Instagram’s performance will fall to a similar extent.
But the thing is, Instagram does not need an introduction anymore but your new app will. People are used to swiping and swiveling, and one-touch features and running this slow will definitely not do any good to user experience. And a slow running app is a big turn off.
Native apps are clearly ahead. If your company can afford the time to develop two separate apps for two different platforms, surely it’s better to go for native ones. However, if you are in some sort of time-crunch, hybrid apps should then be considered. No matter what you choose, keep in mind that user experience must be the highest priority. more details? Feel free to contact Aglowid IT Solutions at email@example.com.