Smartphones and applications are made for each other. One is incomplete without another.
It is true, your smartphone won’t appear smart enough if there are no amazing apps that complete them. Now we always talk about apps that make our life easier. But do you know even they have two different communities to which they belong? Yes, they are divided into two, Native Apps and Hybrid Apps.
We know your first question will be, what’s the difference between a Hybrid app and a Native app? Let’s understand them first and then discuss how they differ and who wins the crown of superiority?
Apps that are written in programming languages specific to the platform are called Native Apps. The majority of your apps are native apps. Typically they are scripted in Objective-C or Swift for iOS and Java for Android. Native apps allow the user to quickly grasp the functionality of the app. They are also easy to discover in app stores.
In short, native apps are native to the user’s OS. Hence they are built as per the guidelines of that OS only.
These are mobile apps with webview wrapped in a native app container. They look and behave almost like native apps, but they are different. They are web apps that can run on your smartphones with access to your system’s features.
In short, hybrid apps are almost native apps.
Let’s check out the difference: -
Written in platform-specific languages
Fast and responsive
Requires high investment of time, talent, and resources.
Quickly accesses mobile features
Gives an excellent user experience
Example - Pokemon Go, Twitter, and Waze
Once written runs on all platforms.
Works average compared to native ones
Moderate access and is not as fast as native
Moderate user experience
Example - Untappd, Canvas
The war between native and hybrid apps is continuous. Both have their pros and cons. Thus, to get a final outcome is a difficult task. Before you head for anything, it is always advisable to take some time and think about what you prefer more. Cross-platform, feasible, single source code, easy updates, time and money saver - all these make Hybrid the best. But, in the long run, they may give you a headache. While Native ones are time-consuming and costly, they offer the best security, user experience, and smooth access to all native APIs. Your higher investment of money and time won’t go in vain in the native apps.
So our final verdict is – Native apps are the winners if you are looking for a long-time satisfaction.
So our final verdict is – A native app wins if you are looking for a long-time satisfaction.
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