By Shine Kumar
Project Manager, Freshdesign/Winfy
As we know, native mobile apps are applications created specifically for a specific mobile operating system. Hence, native apps are very faster and responsive. Building a native app has many benefits such as easy access to the device’s hardware capabilities Contacts, Camera and more.
On the other side, there are hybrid apps, of which code will be developed in a single language, but will run on multiple platforms. Earlier there were HTML5 based apps. During that time the reception of Hybrid apps were less, as they lacked performance and intuitiveness. But nowdays there are many hybrid development platforms available which offers native look and feel, and performance.
Mentioned below are some of the advantages of a hybrid app.
Cost & Time
Native app development is costly, as the developers are highly specialized. So when you are in need of two mobile apps;one is in iOS and other one is in Android, you have to inveset lot of money when you look towards native app. If the desired time to market is critical for you, then hybrid would be a best alternative because the app can be built in one source code, can be released across platforms, and development time and effort is considerably less as compared to that of native applications.
Availability of Developers
The beauty of single code base.
you do not have to maintain two different code bases. All of us know that an iPhone app is written in Objective-C or Swift while Android apps are written in Java, and they are not transferable (i.e. – they need to be rewritten). That means hybrid apps are, one, easier to build; two, take less time to market, and three, maintain one code base. That means when you implement a new feature, fixing a bug it affects both apps. How cool is that!?
Faster Release Cycles
Tools like CodePush helps the app updates faster. They app may not be submitted again again fore review, for smaller updates or bug fixes. The app can update itself.
The native-like performance
Many of the hybrid tools, such as react-native, compiles to native code. Hence, it is possible to access all possible device capabilities. This provide close to native look&feel and smooth interactions among screens. Navigation between screens, scrolling, data handling and many everyday operations are handled perfectly by hybrid platforms.
Most of the hybrid development platforms have large developer communities. They offer help very fast. The open sources available are much high when compared to native.
Speed to market, one source code, cross-compatible web technologies, easy updates, availability of resources, and lower budget costs make hybrid applications very appealing. Unless the app is super complex with rich animations and complex UI operations, it is wise to choose hybrid development for mobile apps!