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5 Reason to Go for Native Over Hybrid App Development

Published on 23 March 17

We all know the mobile traffic has already surpassed desktop traffic over the past few years, when it comes to internet research, communication, online purchase or virtually anything you want. Users spend more time on mobile devices that they do on the websites on average. This remarkable growth has significantly increased the demand of Magento mobile apps for online retailers.

As an eCommerce business owner, you must have come across the terms ‘native’ and ‘hybrid’ mobile apps and also how cheap hybrid mobile apps are. But, don’t just jump into conclusion of developing a hybrid app without going through the in-depth research.

While the hybrid apps may be slow-performing and sluggish or limited, they may be useful for many businesses, while some might find them totally irrelevant and useless. The moment you consider investing in the app development, make sure to know the difference between the native and hybrid mobile apps and most importantly, which is most appropriate for you and your business?
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Native Apps
Native eCommerce apps are developed using dedicated languages and tools and are directed at specific platform like Android, iOS or windows. It requires a specific set of skill to implement application for each platform. When native app development is taken, it is assumed that best performance and appearance will be achieved. The developers are also assured of being able to take advantage of all device features such as camera, GPS, accelerometer etc. Also, they can add offline more and platform’s notification system to take the set of advantages.
Hybrid Apps
5 Reasons You Should Go native
Hidden cost of hybrid apps
In the mobile app development industry, it is a common saying that the last 10% of a project is 90% of the work. It may be true in some cases; it’s relatively trivial to build something functional compared to taking something from a basic to something competitive in the marketplace. During the last 60% of the project, crucial features are developed and this is where the hybrid approach starts to show its flaws.
When developing a hybrid app, native mobile features can only be integrated through plugins, which can be a negative part of the hybrid technology because it’s possible that the existing plugin has not been maintained for recent operating system versions or simply an appropriate plugin doesn’t exist. The time required to develop the plugin far outweighs the cost to utilize the existing feature in a native application.

When you’re in the crucial industry like eCommerce, it is important to understand the security risk of hybrid applications. Hybrid applications come with various security threats as the technology adds a new layer that bridges their non-native code to native features. Since the layer is owned by a third-party, the code cannot be inspected by a user of that library.

While the hybrid platform itself is reliable, but the third-party plugins are a security concern. Developed use a plugin for every native feature that must be accessed in an application. Every code that goes into an application must be reviewed for potential security issues.

Write Once, Run Anywhere

Certainly the hybrid mobile apps are one-time investments, but they seem benefitting to the developers only. As an eCommerce business owner, your prime goal should be on taking your business to the next level and not to look for a slow-performing app that is designed to run on any platform or device.

Cross-Platform Is Accomplished Through Web Services

Because we’re living in the highly competitive world, instead of viewing mobile applications are cross-platform, your business needs to view its entire platform offering as cross-platform. Allowing access to company’s software offering across platforms is done by shifting logic and data into web services.

Mobile clients present, fetch, and manipulate the information but the web servers and databases verify the truth of that information. After the process, mobile clients are able to focus on meeting users’ expectations for the platform.

Experts believe, instead of investing time and money in the hybrid mobile apps that is likely to have an expiration date, the cross-platform should live in the backend.

Technical Reasons against Hybrid

No matter how rigorously designed, the hybrid apps are never going to match the speed of the native mobile apps since they have to go through an additional layer. When developing hybrid apps, developers must evaluate its code, the code in the hybrid library they are using, and the native code they may have built as plugins. The developers, sometimes may find it difficult to fix as the issue may be in the hybrid platform itself. Finally, as more people are getting attracted towards the wearables, television sets and the Internet of Things, hybrid approach becomes even less compelling.

This blog is listed under Development & Implementations , Gadgets and Mobility Community

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