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Web Vs Native Vs Hybrid Mobile Development: A Comparison

When you are new to Mobile Application Development or you start a new project the first thought will be about the type of development i.e, Web vs Native vs Hybrid. You might have also heard that some has edge over others. But how do you know which is best for your need?

I am a native android application developer, developed many native apps and web apps. This is a short article where i separate pros and cons of each type of developments.

Web Application Development

A web application development means loading a responsive website inside a mobile application with active internet connection. With a few codes one can convert their responsive website into a web application.

These are also mobile applications but they don’t need native resources and functionalities of a mobile phone. It may be a mobile version of a HTML5 enabled website with responsive design. With the arrival of HTML5 technology these kind of websites became very popular. Inside a web browser they act like mobile apps.

There are many reasons why people choose such mobile development.
Advantages:

  • Less Development Time
  • Low Development Cost
  • Easy To Modify Without App Update
  • Cross Platform
  • Good for low end mobile phones

Disadvantages:

  • Always Need Active Internet
  • Slow To Load
  • User Interface is not responsive
  • Many Limitations When Accessing Native Resources

Native Application Development

A native application development means developing an application in native programming languages like JAVA for android, Objective C for IOS. Straight forward method of development. If you are looking for fluidity and performance then this is the best option. You develop an app only once and users use it many times. This method gives best user experience. It is highly recommended by many if you are creating an android application where speed matters like banking application.

The main reason or the only reason why people don’t want to develop native apps because of the development time. The time later increases cost of production. But you can see 90% of the popular android applications are native.

I have seen many startups they don’t want to build their prototype in native that may waste their precious time and money. Normally they develop their prototype as hybrid application and if goes well in the market then they start converting their hybrid app into native. From their perceptive it is good method because they may not be that confident about the reception of the apps in the market. If anything goes wrong then they have very less lose.

All the mobile app makers are forced to give full user experience after their initial success point. From that point they decide to convert their mobile application into native. You might have seen many hybrid apps in the market they are might be going through different stages of their business life cycle. So it cannot be considered as judging factor for invisibility of native apps in these days.

Making awesome native like android applications using browser scripting frameworks is not a simple task. It needs perfect blending of web technologies and native functionalities together. Hybrid development is yet to mature to that level where even small and medium scale development team can create native like android applications feasibly.

Advantages:

  • Smooth, Fluid and Highly responsive UI
  • Less memory usage
  • Preferred For Native Resource Oriented Apps
  • Support Of Dedicated IDE by Original OS Manufactures

Disadvantages:

  • Long Development Time
  • High Development Cost
  • Less Supporting Sources

Hybrid Application Development

Building mobile apps using a framework based on a common technology, such as HTML, which will work on all mobile operating systems. Capable of producing application for multiple platforms. Saving the time of development is the primary attraction of this method. Thus it saves money. Within short period hybrid app development has become favorite among mobile app development companies.

With the arrival of mobile devices with high end configuration the well known bad mark about non responsiveness of the UI has been vanished an new mobile development teams began showing trust on hybrid app development. As it is application development based on multi-platform developers have no need to worry about the decreasing market share of each mobile operating systems. What is the hybrid app development done is reduced the cost of mobile app making and opened a new way to create mobile apps with existing web developers.

Advantages:

  • Multi-Platform Support
  • Highly Maintainable
  • Cost Efficient
  • Support From Native as well as Web Development
  • Faster And Feasible When Compared To Native Development

In this ever changing world of technology switching from one technology to other is not a good solution. It wastes our valuable time and energy. Everyday more developers are choosing hybrid as their preferred type of development. And the current trend shows that hybrid is the future for mobile application development too.

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Geethu is a teacher by profession, but she likes to research new things and is also interested in writing. Devdeeds is her blog, where she writes all the blog posts related to technology, gadgets, mobile apps, games, and related content.

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