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Native vs Hybrid Apps: Which is Better?

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There is a lot of discussions that go into building the right app for your company. One question routinely surfaces among development teams and business leaders. The question is “which is better native or hybrid apps?

The answer depends on your desired product outcome. Simply put, what are you looking to achieve with your app? The answer to this question can hinge on which type of app will work best for you.

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In any case, let’s discuss the pros and cons of each app to come to a universal solution.

What is a Native App?

A native app is written in a language specific to the platform its being developed for. This would generally involve an app for Android, Java, iOS.

Native apps have a clear benefit over hybrid apps because rendering and animation performances are better for this type of app.

What is a Hybrid App?

Conversely, a hybrid app contains an isolated web view to run a mobile application inside of the native app, thus deriving its name. Hybrid apps work by using a native app wrapper that can integrate with a native web view and device platform.

This means that a hybrid app can run on a mobile device to utilize certain features, like GPS or a camera.

Pros of Native Apps

Native apps are more popular than hybrid apps for a variety of reasons. The benefits of a native app include:

  • Better security
  • Better user experience
  • Optimized performance
  • Offline mode

With these amazing benefits, there are some disadvantages to native apps. In contrast, hybrid apps are highly ideal for larger organizations because developers can write them once and run them anywhere. Hybrid apps also have a fast development cycle, are fairly cost-effective, and can be easily developed using JavaScript, CSS, and HTML.

Native apps can be more costly than native apps and take longer to develop. Below you will find more benefits to hybrid apps.

Pros of Hybrid Apps

The benefits of a hybrid app include:

  • Portability (accessible on multiple platforms)
  • Affordable origination costs
  • Faster initial speed

Hybrid apps carry some disadvantages related to lower security. Also, organizations can spend several thousands of dollars fixing and tweaking the app due to user complaints or performance-driven issues.

So, which type of app is ideal for your business. This will be discussed below in the final section.

Which is Better?

Overall, hybrid apps are more cost-effective and are faster than native apps. Though, if you want a higher return on your investment, native apps are the way to go.

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In addition, if you value user experience, native apps are also more ideal. These apps are designed specially to build positive user experience and don’t require much tweaking after the final build-out.

Examples of popular native apps include Gmail and Paypal, while examples of hybrid apps are Sworkit and Baskin Robbins. Are you curious about developing an app for your business?

If so, you’ve come to the right place. Contact Accunity to speak to a member of our sales team today!

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