Native vs. Hybrid: 6 things to understand while picking an app development platform
If the business does not have its own business app, it will sooner be ruled out of the market. You know that already, right?
So if you still do not have any mobile app for your company or e-commerce business or idea, you must be planning to get one built. In such scenario, the first question arrives in front of (potential/future) app owners is –
Which development platform to pick? Should we go for Android or Hybrid app will be the best?
Being the leading Android and Hybrid app development company, Vrinda Techapps can help you in picking the right platform and developing your personalized app on any of the leading platforms.
Here are the top 6 aspects, on the basis on which you can gauge what will suit you the most:
1. Know your target audience
The app owners should first analyze which type of users they have in the majority. You can use your website’s visitor stats or surveys to confirm the approximate number of users. If you have more than 75 percent of users as Android phone owners, then choose Android platform. Similarly, if you have most of the users with iOS devices, go with iPhone app development.
For the businesses with Android and iOS users in equal proportion, there are two choices:
- 2 separate apps (one for each native platform)
- One Hybrid app and its launch on both platforms separately
From performance and engagement perspective, you should go with the separate native apps for the iOS and Android uses. It may cost a bit higher but it’ll worth it. Otherwise, if budget is a serious concern, you can pick the hybrid app development path, because you will obviously not like to miss out a majority of your audience.
2. Functional Criticality
Real-time and functionality-critical apps are preferably developed in native format. If your app will require working in similar conditions and a small delay/rollback may cause severe losses to user experience or transactions, stick with Android and iOS apps, instead of going for the hybrid apps. Gaming apps, too, should be developed as native apps for better performance.
3. Cost of development
Before you make up your mind for developing the app with any of the specific app development platforms, get an idea about the cost associated with it. The cost for developing an android app is between $5,000 and $35,000. For iOS, this cost may go a bit up. However, these values may significantly vary as per your requirements. The cost of hybrid app development lies somewhere-between these two native options, which makes them cheaper (as they can be launched for both of these platforms). Make the final decision as per your budget.
4. Code Reusability
Native apps are specific to a specific platform and thus, are platform-dependent. From the performance point of view too, native apps are considered better. But when it comes to usability, you will need to get a completely new Android app if you are planning to launch your pre-existing app from iTunes store. In short, the code can’t be re-used in case of native apps. That’s why you will have to pay the whole cost of a new project in this case. On the other hand, hybrid apps are developed to be platform-independent and you can deploy the same code for Google Play Store and Apple Store. Though here, you may need to compromise with performance and user experience sometimes.
5. Development Complexity
You will need to hire the app developers with a richer skill set, technologies’ knowledge, framework expertise and overall experience in case of Hybrid development. Hybrid app developers are tough to find too. In comparison, it is easy to find Android and iOS developers. The native development communities are bigger and hence, it is less likely to get stuck with the coding issues.
Standard HTML and CSS are used in hybrid app development and native apps can have platform-specific design elements. But at the end, native apps always have better look, feel and user experience to showcase and render. Android devices vary largely in screen size, so it becomes difficult for developers to finalize a pixel-perfect design. iOS devices comes in 4 to 5 sizes only, so highest level of interface design excellence can be achieved with them. If user experience and UI is your first focus, we will advise you to pick iOS mobile app development services over any other.
If you are still confused, ask our app developers for the free consultation.
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