Here in this post we will compare the better approach among Native and Hybrid App Development and on which scenarios it should be chosen while developing mobile app for Android and iOS. Fact of the matter is that at the first place both iOS and Android environment prefer native apps.
Most of you must know that native apps are those which are developed utilizing the core functions and interfaces that are available in the mobile app development framework provided by the Mobile operating system itself. For example, Android apps made with Java or Kotlin utilizing the integrated development environments like Android Studio or Eclipse on top of Android SDK or iOS apps made with X code using swift or Objective-C.
Another option available is developing hybrid or cross-platform apps which can be developed on top of the frameworks like accelerator or phone gap etc. So basically, using non-native tools gives you some advantage like you can develop an app that can be deployed both onto the Android and iOS App Store with the single effort towards code.
These are the questions which mobile app developers asked themselves most of the time.
- Why should I learn to create native apps?
- Why don’t I just make one app that can be deployed on both Google Play and App Store saving me time and money?
Well there are some benefits of developing hybrid apps but on the other hand there are disadvantages as well and the one of the main drawback is that you will usually get inferior user experience. If you’ve been on the app design course you will hear a stress about how important it is to understand what optimal user experience is like on your platform. For example, on Android it’s common to use these menus, navigation drawers whereas on iOS the default should be a tab bar. So, there are lot of challenges come in the user experience domain that makes an app feel native and it does matter a lot.
Another reason why not to develop a hybrid app or cross-platform app is that both app stores, The Google Play and the iOS App Store prefer featuring native apps. Looking back at the stats in the last three or four years if you look at the featured apps there is big majority of native apps and this might be one of the factors that will let you away from cross-platform development options.