Hybrid App vs Native App What is the difference between these two technologies? Which one should you choose for your business?

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To survive in today’s modern market, businesses need a vital marketing tool that allows them to build a stronger connection with their target audience in their busy lives. 

Over the past decade, mobile apps have significantly changed how we do business. On one hand, mobile apps help businesses create brand awareness and recognition; On the other hand, they are a great tool for customer engagement. 

If you are about to dive into the app development phase and need to know which technology approach is more suitable for your business, you’ll find this article extremely helpful.

In what comes next, our team at Triangle MENA will introduce you to the world of mobile app development and help you learn about Hybrid and Native Apps. By the end of this article, you’ll be able to understand the difference between these two approaches and pick the right one for your business.

Let’s dive in.

Native Apps: An Overview

A native app is installed directly onto the smartphone through an application store, such as Google Play or App Store.Native applications are coded in a platform-specific programming language, designed uniquely to fit a mobile device’s operating system (OS). As a result, we have native Android mobile apps and native iOS mobile apps. Since native apps are specifically designed for a particular device, they have the benefit of using other features that are present on the device, such as its camera, phonebook contacts, GPS, and Bluetooth

Pros and Cons of Native Apps
Advantages  Limitations
Better performance: Native apps are faster and more reliableBigger budget: With native apps, you cannot use the same code for different platforms. Therefore, native app development requires more labor and more talent, which increases the time and cost of development.
Optimized user experience (UX): Native apps are similar to the default apps on your smartphone because they use the native device UI and follow the same specific guidelines and standards. This allows users to enjoy a consistent look and feel.High maintenance cost: In order to keep up with operating systems and hardware updates, native apps need to be updated. This causes a significant cost, especially since native apps usually run on multiple platforms. Moreover, not everyone updates their apps regularly. This means that there may be multiple versions of one app being used, which generates its own set of challenges.
Higher Security: Native apps need to be approved by the app store where they will be downloaded before they can be accessible to users. This means they are generally completely tested before being offered. Hence, native apps can provide your business with the safety and security it requires.Limited support: Since users of various devices may be using different versions of the app, maintaining full support might become more difficult for the developers.
Offline capabilities: Native apps can perform even if there is no internet connectivity.

Hybrid Apps: An Overview

Hybrid mobile apps development is essentially a practice of developing a mobile app for multiple platforms such as Android, Windows, and iOS using a single code base. Hybrid applications even can run in various browsers like Mozilla, Chrome, IE, Safari, etc. Hybrid apps are originally described as a website that is embedded into the containers. 

For hybrid applications, mobile developers usually use various web technologies such as HTML, CSS, and Javascript frameworks. 

Pros and Cons of Hybrid Apps
Advantages  Limitations
Single code base: This app can perform on multiple platforms using one code. Hence, it saves effort, allows you to add new functionalities to multiple versions of your app, and reduces the testing time.Weak UX: If your mobile app includes multiple features and functionalities, hybrid app development might not be the right choice because it can never provide users with a flawless workflow. Moreover, some hybrid frameworks do not provide support for all native app features.
Cost-effective:  Since the developers would create one project for multiple platforms, the hybrid approach can save your business a lot of money. Limited User Interface (UI): With Hybrid apps, the designer is forced to adapt his style according to each operating system (OS). This process along with a few design limitations such as the 3D effect will deprive hybrid apps from the native feel. As a result, in terms of UI, Hybrid apps can never benefit from the device’s full potential.
Faster development process: Since hybrid apps do not need multiple teams, one for Android and one for IOS, they require less time to be created.Slower performance: With mobile users, time is of the essence. Hybrid applications depend entirely on the speed of the user’s browser, so the loading time can be slow. In this particular area, native apps will always be ahead of hybrid apps in the race of performance. 
Easier maintenance: Since hybrid apps use a single code base, there is much less code to maintain.

In Conclusion

We hope that our article clarified the difference between native app development and hybrid app development. In the end, we can safely state that both apps have their own specific qualities. Hence, you now know that you should consider a few factors before choosing your favorite approach, such as budget, timeline, update requirements, etc, and see which one meets your requirements and capabilities. Moreover, you should reflect on your own business goals before selecting a mobile application development strategy. As a result, your chosen approach should address those goals in a unique and beneficial way.

So if you’re ready to take the next step and start building your app, reach out to our team of experts at Triangle Mena today. Our experienced mobile app developers will analyze your business needs, and suggest the best development methodology, and guide you through the entire process of launching your mobile app.