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Hybrid vs native apps. What suits you best?

Choosing the best approach for an app development can be tough. Your users have to obtain the best UX possible, other way - they'll stop using the app and will probably never return.
In this article we’ll discuss pros and cons of a hybrid and a native app. At the end, you’ll be able to make the right call for your project.

Wander no more.

What is a native and a hybrid app?

Native app
is a software program, developed for use on a particular platform or device. A native app has the ability to use device-specific hardware and software. Such apps provide optimized performance and take advantage of technology (for example GPS).

Hybrid app
combines features of native and Web applications. As they work through Web technologies,  they seem more flexible and easier to update.

Three important issues you MUST consider when choosing between native or hybrid are:

  • the purpose of an app
  • the benefit you’ll gain
  • the budget


Cons and pros of hybrid apps.

Hybrid apps come with such drawbacks as:

  • Poor UX - creating a great UX when building a hybrid app is hard. You often have the one and only chance to make a good impression on the user, and you won't achieve a native-like experience with hybrid. 
  • Lack of native features - be aware that some features offered by Android or iOS won't be available.
  • UX problems and lags - a significant drawback, that can frustrate your user. And probably it will, as hybrid apps can be problematic when it comes to the performance.
  • Lower efficiency - they are considered as slower than native apps.

..and we jump straight into pros!

  • you may save time and money - as you won't need to develop different versions of an app for IoS or Android
  • development process is relatively easy - you won't need a big team of developers working on the project.
  • hybrid app is good for BYOD policy - it works on different platforms and is compatible with various devices.

Native apps cons and pros.

If you're not convinced whether to take your chance with hybrid apps, compare its characteristics with the native ones.

There are few cons that you should keep in mind:

  • they are considered as much expensive
  • the process of development is longer
  • the cost of app maintenance and app updating is also higher for native apps, especially if this app supports more than one mobile platform

 

But, if you choose to go with them, you can expect also..

..many good stuff coming.

 

  • native apps are more user-friendly - they provide better user experience and performance.
  • they get approval of the app stores and marketplaces - the users are assured about their safety, so they're more willing to explore the app.
  • iOS and Android features are available - developers are provided with all needed tools therefore the process is much more convenient.
  • internet connection is not always required - it's an important feature considering the fact, that often the user doesn't have an access to the WiFi.

What should you choose?

Take a moment and decide which works best for you. What are your project's resources and objectives?
Every type has its cons and pros, that's why you have to choose individually. If you want to provide the best quality, choosing a native app will be a good decision. As good as a hybrid app looks, it seems convenient and flexible only at the beginning.

Investing in better solutions eventually always brings benefits. Deliver best experiences and build great UX for your users. They will certainly appreciate it!

More detailed information about hybrid and native apps will follow in one of our e-books so stay tuned! 🙂 Got some questions in mind? Drop us a line at office@summer.agency! :).

 

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