For a consumer, a journey of using an app begins from spotting or checking out an app on an app store.
But for a developer, that stage is only half the stream crossed. Developers and business people strive right from the ideation stage to roll out an app that is not just useful and relevant but easy to operate as well.
Behind every app you use, there has been a tremendous amount of effort and brainstorming put in to offer you the best of the services and features. For every app, a developer out there has debated over an important question – whether to prefer native app development, cross-platform app development or hybrid app development.
Over some time, we have also been receiving a lot of messages asking for the right development method small and medium businesses should prefer for the right app.
That’s when we decided it was time to share our insights with you. This post is all about helping you understand the difference among all these distinct development methods so you could make the best decision based on your project.
Applications that are designed and built for one particular mobile operating system are termed as a native app. This involves the use of one particular programming language that is most ideal for the development of the app.
For instance, the ideal programming language for iOS app development would be Swift or Objective-C and the one for Android app development would be Kotlin or Java.
As a business owner, you should understand that native app development allows developers to leverage the complete potential of a device and its operating system to offer dynamic app experiences to users.
Now, this is not the case with hybrid or cross-platform app development.
Native applications are faster, smoother and more polished compared to their other two counterparts.
If you intend to roll out a high-performance or a feature-rich app, a wise move will be to opt for native app development.
This is the most ideal example of native apps. Google maps is available as a separate app for both Android and iOS and offers the same features and functionalities. It is powerful, makes the best use of your device’s hardware features and works offline as well. Some more examples of native app development are:
Cross platform apps are the opposites of native apps. Unlike native apps, cross-platform app development involves the use of one code to develop and deploy across multiple platforms.
This neither involves individual development or platform-specific programming language.
This development class is a blessing for small and medium business owners as this immensely trims down your development costs and fits well within your budget.
The most popular video messenger, Skype is a cross-platform app developed using Electron. Not just in smartphones, Skype is cross-platform even in its PC avatar, where the code is shared between its Windows and Linux versions.
Skype has been constantly undergoing under-the-hood tweaks to ensure its performance and aesthetics resemble a native app. Some more examples of cross platform app development are:
This is perhaps the most contemporary app development process. Truly a bridge, hybrid app development combines the power of web development and the resources of your device to offer you a unique online experience.
Hybrid app development involves two components
There is no requirement of browsers to use hybrid apps and they can use APIs and plugins of your device.
The crowd-favorite Instagram is a hybrid app but you can’t use Instagram when there is no internet. Some more examples of hybrid app development are:
So, now you have a comprehensive understanding of what each development process is. You know your budget and your project type. We could safely assume that you would take the right decision to go ahead with your development process.
If this still sounds too technical, the best choice would be to approach with your ideas. We are pioneers in app development who would not only recommend the best process but help you in the development, too.
Reach out to us to find out how you could go about building your game-changing app.
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Shreyansh is handling mobile apps department and delivery with over 6 years of experience. He is a very composed personality with in-depth understanding of mobile application development, complexities, resolutions & trends. He is using Swift to develop the applications in iOS and also has experience with React Native.