Mobile App Development: Web vs. Native vs. Hybrid Which is Best for Your Organization?
Mobile App Development: Web vs. Native vs. Hybrid Which is Best for Your Organization?Dec 15, 2018
The moment you decided to build the mobile app for your business leads you to different approaches to develop your mobile app, Perhaps the most important decision you must make before entering the world of mobile app development regards the approach they wish to take when building a mobile app.
It’s depend on many factors which effects the conclusive decision of mobile app development approach. Factors like
Why you want to build mobile app for your business ?
What are the main features should be in your app ?
What is your budget and deadline ?
What is your market strategy ?
When deciding to build your app as either web, native, or hybrid, there are variety of factors you need to consider. So, focusing on the three different approaches to mobile app development. Let’s take a deep dive into each one of that.
Web App Development
Web applications are basically mobile websites which is design for mobiles and behaves like mobile app. Web apps run in multiple browsers such as Safari or Chrome . If your startup is on a budget and doesn’t require complex functionalities or access to operating system features, then building a web app can be the least expensive option. The downside is that web apps can be slower, less intuitive, and inaccessible through app stores. Additionally, your users won’t have your web app’s icon automatically downloaded to their home screens, so they won’t be constantly reminded to use your app.
Web apps lack the functionality of native apps, such as sending push notifications, working offline much slower than native app no icon for branding, As we download the app from store and open the app on tap of that icon, user have to type the url each time they wants to access your web app.
But best thing about web app is easy to develop with affordable budgets and build one for all platform(Android and iOS) and easy to maintain if your requirements fit to the functionality provided by web app.
There’s also a different kind of web app: the progressive web app. These are web-based apps that have a lot more functionality. Specifically, progressive web apps (PWAs) can:
- Send push messages
- Use touch gestures and your phone’s accelerometer
- Use your phone’s camera, microphone and haptic/vibration hardware
Native App Development
Most of the apps on your device are the native apps. Native apps offer the fastest, most reliable and most effective user experience. Native makes access to core functions of the devices like camera, microphone, compass, accelerometer and swipe gestures super easy and can work offline too.
A native app is a mobile application developed specifically for a different operating system. Different codebases and developers for every platform you choose to build in like Objective-C or Swift for iOS and Java or Kotlin for Android. That’s make native app more expensive and take more time to build.
Native are distributed over the official store for each platform like App Store for iOS and Play Store for Android, And it’s allows you to have that amazing app icon on your device as your app identity. So, you get the opportunity to continually bring your audience back for more, which is key to a successful app.
While choosing any of platform for native app you have to look the recent survey of mobile operating system market share. Around 79% apps are based on Android and 19% apps are based on iOS.
If you are planning to build mobile app for your organization or enterprise to see the growth on your business my personal opinion is to choose native app approach.
Hybrid App Development
Hybrid mobile apps are like any other apps you’ll find on your phone. They install on your device. You can find them in app stores. With them, you can play games, engage your friends through social media, take photos, track your health, and much more.
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