- October 29, 2020 4:30 pm
- by Manek
- October 29, 2020 4:30 pm
- by Manek
Are you planning to build a mobile app for your business? Do you want to release your apps faster to your end-user? – but not sure which type of development method to choose? A progressive web app, native app, or hybrid app? If yes, this blog post is for you. In this blog post, we will compare both native and hybrid app development. We will help you figure out which development method works well for your needs. So, Let’s jump right into it!
A native app refers to an app built entirely using technologies native to a specific OS which could be Android or iOS. For iOS, native apps are typically built by using Objective-C or swift while for android, native apps can be built using java or kotlin. As native apps are built exclusively for a specific operating system, it interacts directly with your mobile operating system without the help of any intermediate bridge or container application. Since native apps can interact with a wide range of hardware available on your device, they exhibit more speed, performance, and efficiency. Since native apps are free to access all of the APIs that are made available by the operating system, they always have the look and feel that is typical of that specific operating system.
Let’s now see how native apps interact with your mobile device:
Once you install a native application on your mobile device and launch it, it then interacts with your mobile OS via API calls. Via these API calls your mobile app gets access to your device’s hardware components. By using these APIs, the app can interact directly with your device’s display to render graphics, connect with sensors, camera, microphone, GPS, and even rewrite data on your SSD or interact with any other hardware components that are specific to your device like NFC, retina sensor, etc. However, there are two important things to note about these APIs. On the upside, they are very fast and powerful and let you do amazing things that can really tap the full potential of your mobile device. Whereas, the flipside is that these APIs are proprietary. iOS and Android have their own unique APIs for each function. Hence you need to write a native app in a different programming language for both iOS and Android.
In order to build a native app, you need to initially write the source code of your application and build additional resources such as configuration information & various platform specific declaration files. Then you have to use tools provided by the operating system to compile the source code. Sometimes you often need to link it in order to create an executable in binary form. Then you need to package that binary executable with the resources of the app so that you can obtain a package that can be distributed to the mobile devices via an app store or any other means. These tools and a few other utilities and files are usually called the SDK of the mobile OS. The SDK is platform-specific and each mobile OS comes with its own unique tools but the process is quite similar for all of them.
Hybrid apps are growing in popularity these days. This is because of their cross-platform capability and cheaper development cost when compared to native mobile apps. The huge advantage of hybrid app development is that you only need to write a single codebase for all operating systems. Technically, a hybrid app can be defined as a native app with embedded HTML. Hybrid apps are built using a cross-platform framework such as Flutter, React Native, etc, and are then wrapped with native specific code for each desired mobile platform. So in other words, hybrid apps are simply websites placed into a native app that delivers users a near-native mobile app experience. Certain portions of the hybrid app are written using web technologies and the web portions of it can be either packaged within the app or downloaded from the web.
If you want to build a mobile app with a limited budget, then hybrid app development is the one for you as you only need to hire mobile app developer from an offshore software development company in India instead of hiring separate developers for iOS and Android. Whereas, If you are planning to make graphic-intensive applications such as games, you definitely should go with native app development.
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