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Web, Hybrid Or Native Apps? What's The Difference?

Published on 09 October 17

Mobile apps have changed the way of our life as we know it. From managing our finances, day to day activities, entertainment, communication and much more, mobile apps have made tremendous changes in our lifestyle. They have a far-reaching impact on how we interact with the world. But when it comes to mobile app development company, there have to face many inherent misconceptions among the clients. When we talk about the mobile world, most of the businesses are concerned about the mobile apps which are facing a common issue which is which should they choose. Should they use a native app or mobile app? Hybrid apps have also added confusion to this. Well, the answer lies in the priorities of the company which is determined by various factors. First is the speed of the app which they want. The speed decides the usage of the app by the customers. Then comes whether they should develop a part of their house in-house or not. Another factor is the reason behind the app and what they want to achieve. What features they want is also one of the major factors.

In order to decide which app to select, it is important to know the differences between these app types. It is quite essential to know their advantages as well as disadvantages of each in order to find out which approach is best when it comes to materializing the app idea.

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Web Apps

These applications are generally website which provides interactivity feeling just like a mobile app. These web apps often run on different browsers such as Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, the well-known browsers. They are often written either in HTML5 or in JavaScript. In case you are a startup or a small size business, and you have budget constraint along with less requirement of complex features and functionalities or access to various OS features, then building a web app is the best option to consider. Web app development is considered to be the least expensive as they provide flexibility in the budget.

However, the major disadvantage is that these apps are quite slower. They are less intuitive and not easily accessible through various app stores. Also, the users can’t have the icon of the web app downloaded automatically on home screens. This way, the user can’t always remember to use the app
Native Apps
Native apps are the best app type when it comes to thinking of mobile apps which can be easily downloaded through Play Store or App Store. The important difference between the native apps from other app types is that they are specifically designed for specific devices. For Android apps, they are created using Java while for iPhone apps, Objective-C or Swift is used. Many native development services recommend them as they have the advantage of being the fastest and reliable when the client wants to provide better user experience. Native apps also interact with the operating system features of the device like contact lists, camera, etc. One of the disadvantages is that it requires a higher budget to develop one in case one wants to build an app for different platforms such as iPhones and Android phones. It also requires constant updates.
Hybrid Apps

When it comes to a hybrid app, then the first thing that comes into the mind is the word hybrid. It means that hybrid app is a combination of native as well as web apps. It can be easily distributed through various app stores, and they also come with operating system features. However, like a web app, these types of the app can be used on web technologies which are cross-compatible.

Hybrid apps are quite easier to develop, and they can also be created in less time than compared to native apps. That’s why Hybrid application development has become a trend. Another salient feature is that they require a low amount of maintenance. However, the speed of this type of app depends on the browser speed of the user. It essentially means that hybrid apps can’t run fast in comparison with native apps.

The key advantage of hybrid apps is that one can easily build them on one base which provides them the ability to add new types of functionalities as well as features to different versions of the app. You can also hire a Hybrid app developer in case you decide to create app in-house. In case of native apps, one has to replicate every new feature which the developer wants to inculcate in each platform.

So the question arises, which app should be used? Well, in order to make a perfect choice, it is quite important to understand the difference between these app types in order to determine which path to follow. All of these apps have their inherent advantages as well as weaknesses. The decision solely depends on the requirement of your company.

Once you have considered your options, it is quit essentially to get involved with the developers to bring your idea to fruition with efficiency and cost-effectiveness. You can also outsource app development in order to test run your project without even hiring any developer within your organization. You can always hire an outsource development team which is the best way to create your application.
Mobile apps have become an essential part of life. If you are a business and you wish to reach out to a maximum number of users then developing a mobile app is the best way forward. The reason behind this is that consumers tend to interact easily with the mobile app. So selecting the right type of apps, the choice can be difficult. There are various options such as native apps, web apps or hybrid apps. It all depends on the requirement of your business. A web app is cost-effective however it runs slowly. A native app is perfect if you want to target users with different platforms. But in case you want the features of both web apps and native apps, then the hybrid app is the obvious choice. It all boils down to the requirement of the business along with the budget. So, make sure that you have chalked out an important aspect of your business requirement before choosing the right app type. Web, Hybrid Or Native Apps? What's The Difference? - Image 2
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