One of the first choices you will need to make when having a mobile app developed is which development methodology you wish to use. You have two options available to you: native and hybrid.
Native is pretty simple. It means developing an app based around one device. As such, your app will work solely on iOS devices or solely on Android, but not on both unless you undertake further development on a second native app.
Hybrid is a little different. Through hybrid development, you can get a mobile app up and running across multiple devices without spending extra time on development.
Sounds great right? However, that doesn’t tell the whole story. Hybrid development comes with a few pros and cons that you need to consider before making the choice. We’ll outline them here.
We’ll start with the good things you get with the hybrid development model:
- The development process is made easier as fewer developers are required to create the app. This also speeds up release across multiple platforms.
- You can get an app on as many devices as possible quickly, so Android users don’t lag behind iOS users and vice-versa.
- Hybrid developers don’t have to learn the specific languages for iOS and Android. With the right frameworks and knowledge of the C# language, you can get an app made without developing additional expertise.
- A shorter development process means lower costs. You also don’t incur the costs of paying for two or more sets of developers.
- Hybrid works great for internal business apps, as you don’t need to worry about ensuring all of your staff have the same device type.
That all sounds great, but there’s a little more to it than that. Hybrid development also has a few drawbacks:
- The user experience suffers as the app doesn’t benefit from the native framework. Given that consumers are quick to move onto new apps, you will have to focus a lot of time on creating a good user interface.
- Hybrid apps have no access to native features whereas native apps can often draw on features specific to a device to channel more computational power when needed.
- Lag is a big issue with hybrid apps. Their nature means you can never offer the seamless experience that you could with an equivalent native app.
- Updating the app becomes problematic. With each new iOS and Android update come new sets of standards. If the framework you’ve used to create your hybrid app isn’t updated to support those standards the app will suffer.
The Final Word
So which should you go for? It really comes down to the business situation. If the mobile app is to be released to the public it’s generally better to go for the native option. The cons of hybrid in this