Native vs hybrid app development

Mobile apps: Native apps vs hybrid apps

Native or hybrid… What’s the difference?
Understanding your mobile application development options

Native apps

Google Android operating systemNative apps are platform-specific software specifically built for devices like Android or iPhone.

Native apps can be downloaded and installed from an app store (such as Google Play or Apple’s app store).

Native apps are developed specifically for one platform, and can take full advantage of all that particular device features like its camera, GPS, accelerometer, compass, the list of contacts, and so on.

Google Play logoNative app development can be used for resource- or speed-intensive applications such as gaming. Separate native apps must be developed for individual device types. For example, an app built for the iPhone works only works on the iPhone; respectively, apps built for Android only work on Android smartphones & other Android devices.

Native apps can use the device’s notification system, for example, and can even work offline. Check out

Hybrid apps

Hybrid apps are just mobile-optimized webpages that look like an app. They are run by a mobile browser and they render HTML web pages and are typically written in HTML5.

Google Android operating systemIn a Hybrid app, one set of code can work on various devices without having to do much device specific coding, even though it will compromise on performance and features, you don’t need to maintain different software for various devices for the same application.

Users initially access them as they would access any web page. Then they navigate to a special URL and have the option of “installing”. There is nothing to install actually, as they are only bookmarking that page on their home screen.

So, according to your requirement, you can choose the development route that you intend to take whether you need to build a Native App or a Hybrid App. Check out PhoneGap for Hybrid App development tools using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

HTML5 web apps are becoming increasingly popular; with HTML5, one can obtain functionality similar to that of a native app within the browser. Nowadays, as more and more sites use HTML5, the distinction between web apps and standard web pages are becoming narrower.

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One response on “Native vs hybrid app development

  1. Stephen

    How much might it cost to develop a sophisticated app, such as one that can:

    Take input from a mobile camera of, say, the leaf of a tree

    Compare it against an existing flora database (such as that at UT Extention or other large education reference sites)

    Return the tree species

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