In this hi-tech world, the popularity and usage of smartphones are increasing day by day. Humans are using this great invention of Sir Martin Cooper for a huge range of reasons- to shop, play video games, access information about what’s happening in this world, manage the social appearance of themselves and many more purposes. With this, the usage of mobile applications has also increased and the counting is yet increasing with the passing days.
But with the rising competition between the two operating systems, i.e., Android and iOS, it has become difficult for the developers to decide which platform is best for their apps? This decision of yours for developing an application may get your project a big hit or may lead to a failure by limiting your app’s future.
While foreseeing native versus hybrid apps, it’s advisable that one should thoroughly grade their requirements, budget, time-frame, and goals for the future. In this blog, we compare the benefits and consequences of native and hybrid mobile applications on various factors. While developing a mobile application, the factors that matter are cost, time-frame, budget, and targeted audience.
Native applications are the mobile apps that are developed according to the programming languages that are native or supported by the particular device and operating system. In other words, the native applications are the specific mobile applications for one particular platform.
The iOS native applications are developed by using programming languages like Objective-c or Swift, Android native applications in Java whereas Windows Phone in C#, Visual Basic, and XAML.
Benefits of developing Native Applications:
- All the features offered by the device and operating system are accessible.
- Utilization of advanced featured such as accessing USB input, convoluted networking, management of memory etc, are also allowed.
- App’s speed and performance will not have any limitations. This acts as a cherry on the cake while developing graphics for the games as it is to be used by millions of users.
- The application is developed under the languages supported by the device and the operating system.
- The development cost is less as compare to the hybrid applications.
- Audience targeted may either be an Android user or an iOS user.
Consequences of developing Native Applications:
- For different platforms (e.g. iOS and Android), different apps will need to be built.
- Codes for different platforms cannot be shared, as the version and the language supported by them are different.
- Development time may increase (if app is built for two or more separate platforms).
- Testing time is also affected by this as all the modules need to be tested.