Native App Vs Hybrid App

Native App Vs Hybrid App: Which One Is Cost-effective

Reliance on mobile phones is increasing day by day. As a result, software developers do not miss any opportunity to develop a mobile app for various applications and provide those to users. The application development industry continues, as new technologies become known year on year.

The Google Play Store and Apple’s App are bursting into emerging mobile apps. Many businesses seek to benefit from their many offline and online benefits. When you decide to build a mobile app, the most common problem is that it can create a native app or a hybrid app.

Native Vs. Hybrid

Native app development focuses on designing single-platform mobile apps, Android, iOS, or Windows. Websites or hybrid mobile apps do not require the browser to work. Instead, users need to download them from app stores, Apple’s App Store, or Google Play Store. Native mobile apps have faster resolution and a higher level of accuracy. It also enables users to access all user controls (UI) controls and layouts.

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They also require a team of various set-up skills and knowledge of different technologies divided into native Android apps and iOS apps. Android apps write in Kotlin or Java, Swift, or Purpose-C is using for iOS app development. However, an app written for iOS using Swift will not work on Android, on the contrary. It means you have to upgrade each platform, which may require a larger budget and larger group size if you wish to launch your app on both iOS and Android.

On the other hand, the development of a hybrid mobile app includes the creation of a combination of native apps and web applications. They offer the same functionality as native but written using web technologies, such as web applications. A famous example is Instagram.

Hybrid apps are delivering via mobile computing, which is a technology that enables the transfer of data, voice, and video via a computer or other wireless-enabled device unless it is connecting to a visual link. It mainly includes mobile communications, as well as mobile software and hardware.

Hybrid apps unique benefits:

  • The hybrid apps will create a single application for all available platforms. It means that your app will work on different systems (iOS, Windows, and Android) and different browsers (IE, Safari, Chrome, and Mozilla).
  • If your fundamental concern is cost, hybrid apps can at least reduce that burden of cost.
  • If time is of the essence, the hybrid app may appeal to you. Hybrid apps build with a single code base.
  • Hybrid apps are less complicated to produce, meaning you can get started faster than a regular native app.

Features of Native App or Hybrid App


Features Native App Hybrid App
Functionality Specific platform Multiple Platform
Performance High Mid to high
Device access Yes Yes
Speed High Medium
UI/UX High Moderate
Complexity High complex to code Low complex to code
Security High Low
Development Language Java for the Android operating system or C for IOS HTML, CSS & JavaScript
Development Cost It is expensive It is Cheaper
Navigation It has built-in navigation systems The Web View will help in combining existing content present on the Web with the native app capabilities.
Stores Windows Store, Apple’s App Store, and Play Store Microsoft Windows Store, Google Play, Apple App Store.


Which one is cost-effective?

The hybrid apps are cost-effective as compared to the native app. Native apps have benefited over hybrid mobile apps, except in some instances. If you have a flexible budget, no time constraints, and you want more features in your app, then stick to native app development. Generally, if you have a short-term development timeline and need prompt marketing, hybrid app development is best for your business app.

Hybrid apps are simple to develop. However, if there are more native and complex aspects beyond the strength of the Hybrid Operating System and Environment, it will be more time consuming to build hybrid applications.

If the customer wants to make a mobile app on all platforms quickly and has low investment, then he will go with a hybrid app. However, if the app has a high level of complexity and has operational requirements, native is the way to go.

About the Author 

Richard Giuliano is the Australia Sales Director at Dot Com Infoway Pty Ltd and he is responsible for all customers within Australia. He has 30+ years of experience in Sales, Marketing, and Product Management. He comes equipped with a good set of skills to interpret how a product can meet customer needs and also helping companies to market their products.


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