Traversing mammoth distances of technological advancements, we are now in a go-mobile epoch in which virtually everything is fast becoming available on mobile devices. The online domain is fast slipping from Web to Smart Devices, mobile applications having afforded virtually all browsing experience of shopping, playing, uploading, posting, viewing … to the very finger tips of their users, confined within handy devices they can carry anywhere.
The frequent use of mobile applications due to their ready accessibility to their users’ ensures they get used to them much like your favorite ice cream from round the corner of which you just can’t have enough.
With the advent of social media in our routines, mobile applications have further earned fame in the world of mobile technology. Businesses from across the globe are using mobile apps to aggrandize their promotion and reach the masses exponentially and in proportions unheard of. Not this alone, the plummeting prices of mobile phones have resulted in even more demand for mobile applications across all domains prevalent. The enormous scope of mobile applications cannot surely be overlooked by almost any business today.
Customers today are on the move and they’re using mobile application platforms to get there. Whether they use mobile phones, tablets, or other mobile devices they have all the information they need. Mobile apps are critical to your business because businesses are being accessed more and more through mobile phones and other hand held devices. Any business without a mobile app for their customers is set to lose a big segment of their potential customers. And that segment will only expand with time. Given that big Internet players have started transitioning from a web-based presence to a mobile-based presence, it is a clear enough signal as to where the masses are drifting and your customers are among those masses.
Native Apps use native controls. That is they use the controls of your device itself and blend very well into the visual environment of your device.
A native app is operating system specific. That is they are built for certain operating systems and will not run on devices with other operating systems. There are particular languages for native app development written in which the Apps will run only on the operating systems that support them.
For example a native iOS App will only run on devices that have the operating system Mac OS X. Devices with other operating systems will be unable to install the app. Even the languages and tools used to develop native apps are specific to them. Like, to develop a native iOS App, you may use iOS 7 SDK and Xcode 8.0 frameworks that support only two languages: Objective C and Swift.
Hybrid Apps on the other hand are able to run on Mac OS X, Android or Windows OS. So you will only need one hybrid app as opposed to three native apps if you wanted your app available for most of the devices.
Sounds like Hybrid Apps are a huge advantage over Native Apps, isn’t it? No they are not.
Native apps are always better than Hybrid apps because they (native apps) use the control of your devices and are device-OS friendly since they are written in OS supported languages. They are visually far better too because they also make use of native visual controls like Sprite kit. In Hybrid Apps on the other hand, a single code is written and fine-tuned to run on different operating systems. This naturally calls for much R&D, debugging and testing. Hybrid apps not only consume more development time but also.