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Hybrid vs Native Apps

HYBRID VS NATIVE APPS IN GENERAL. … The native app is created for a particular platform either Android or iOS, whereas the hybrid development process relies on cross-platform functioning. That is to say, native apps are built on programming languages which can be supported only by a certain platform.

What is a Native app?

A native app is a program that has been coded in a specific programming language, for devices having specific OS. For instance, Objective C is used for iOS or Java for Android Phones. These apps can take advantage of OS features and other software tools that are installed on that platform. They also have access to various phone functions such as camera, gallery, contact list, etc. Mostly Native apps are compiled into machine code. These provisions help native apps perform the best in a mobile device.

The native development is easy and there are innumerous resources available, but it might not be understandable to everyone. Since the code has to be written specifically for each platform, it has to be rewritten for each one. Only the logic remains the same but the language, APIs and the development process might be different. Sometimes, this process becomes quite long for complex applications.

What is a Hybrid app?

The heart of a hybrid-mobile application is still just an application that is written with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. However, instead of the app being shown within the user’s browser, it is run from within a native application and its own embedded browser, which is essentially invisible to the user. For example, an iOS application would use the WKWebView to display our application, while on Android it would use the WebView element to do the same function.

This code is then embedded into a native application wrapper using a solution like Apache Cordova (also known as PhoneGap) or Ionic’s Capacitor. These solutions create a native shell application that is just the platform’s web view component in which it will load your web application. This gives you the ability to create and publish true native applications that can be submitted to each of the platform’s app stores for sale.

The main features of a native app are:

  • A high degree of reliability
  • Simple but Fast Performance and better user experience
  • Supports both online & offline transactions
  • Native features can best be exploited

The main features of a hybrid app are:

  • Faster app development
  • Simple and easy to maintain
  • Cross-platform UI
  • Integrate with a device file system
  • Less expensive app development and cost-effective maintenance
  • Single code management for multiple mobile platforms

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