This question has been brought up quite a bit lately across the board on a variety of forums/sites, and although it isn’t a very new debate, it is still a very reasonable question to ask yourself when you are starting a new business with an app. In this article, we will breakdown the key differences between the two, look at some of the established pros and cons that have circled this ongoing debate, and finally, make the claim as to why hybrid apps are the way to go in your future endeavors as a developer.
A native app is a mobile application that has been created for a specific platform or device (iOS, Android, Windows, etc.). Native apps are developed using programs such as Objective-C or Swift. Native apps typically have a faster response time and superior functionality due to its uniqueness to a single platform.
To the everyday user, a hybrid app functions much like any other app that they can download to their phone. You can take and organize notes, edit photos, play games, and anything else that you could expect (Examples: Instagram, Evernote, Yelp).
The Pros and Cons
So now that we have went over the basics between the two, what are the actual pros and cons of both avenues?
To Sum it All Up…
While native apps held the advantage in functionality and performance in the past, hybrid apps from a developer’s point of view is far more logical and cost effective. Hybrid apps are able to do essentially everything a native app could do without all the extra grunt work and time that’s required. In the end, it’s all about the user. They don’t care how the app is built or why – as long as the app performs the way it is supposed to, what else matters?