Native Mobile App or a Hybrid Mobile App? Which is Better?
The biggest and unresolved question when it comes to developing a mobile app is- Do we go for a native app or a hybrid mobile app?
Native apps are those which are written for specific platforms like Android or iOS. A native app written for Android will not run on iOS mobile. A hybrid mobile app has elements from web applications and is developed for a specific platform. It is a web app wrapped in a native container that loads the information on the page as the user navigates through it.
Native mobile app or a hybrid mobile app?
Let us discuss some points that will help you to decide if you have to go with a native mobile app or a hybrid mobile app-
- User-experience including performance speed
If your mobile app is for your business, then a hybrid app or Android app will suffice.
But, if you are planning on a gaming mobile app that requires speed and intense animation, go with an Android mobile app or iOS mobile app as per your audience location. High-graphics oriented apps are best when designed as a native app for specific platforms like Android or iOS.
This may sound clichéd, but we all know that user experience can make or break the success of your mobile app. It makes no sense to design a hybrid mobile app just for the heck of it and then go about fixing your app because your users complain of a bad user interface or performance-related issues.
- Time, resources and cost
One more aspect is the time factor. If you are ready to wait longer, go for a native app.
But, if you want your mobile app ASAP, a hybrid mobile app is the answer. With it, you have to maintain one code base and release it across multiple platforms. You will save on resources and thus the overall cost.
- Use factor
Another aspect that you can consider is designing a hybrid mobile app first and releasing it in the market to see how much it succeeds. This is also called the MVP (Minimum Viable Product) development technique.
Based on your MVP, you get initial feedback from users and you can improvise on it.
A full feature-loaded native mobile app can be developed later if you feel that your app is getting adequate response from users and it has the potential to succeed in the market.
Even though the initial investment is high for a native mobile app, you stand to gain superior user-experience and functionality.
Mobile App development agencies should make their clients aware of the benefits and limitations of both the hybrid app as well as the native app. An Android mobile app or an iOS mobile app should be recommended when strategies and the need for the app are strong and clear and the clients are willing to pay for it.