Confused whether to build a hybrid mobile app or a native mobile app? Don’t worry, we will help you decide your mobile app strategy in less than 5 minutes!
Native App: A native mobile app is a smartphone application that is coded in a specific programming language, such as Objective C for iOS and Java for Android operating systems. This is platform (iOS, Android etc.) specific and requires unique expertise.
4 Questions to ask before you decide
The answers these questions will help you decide to choose between Hybrid and Native App.
> Do you want to use native features in the Mobile App?
If your app is heavy on native phone capability, then native app development will suit best for you. While building a Hybrid Mobile App, depending on the framework that you adopt, you may or may not have access to native features. Camera, Contacts, SMS can be some of these native features.
> How quickly do you want to take it to the market?
The time to launch your app is dependent on various factors like the number of features and number of resources you have. More resources will increase your budget. If you want to launch the mobile app quickly to the market with limited resources, it would be wise to go with hybrid app, with which you can launch your app on multiple platforms in a short frame of time.
> How often do you need to update your mobile app?
If you need to make frequent changes to your app, which means that the user will have to update from the App Store regularly then you should consider a hybrid app. The biggest advantage for hybrid app is that all the content will be updated from web directly, unless you have a major change of the functionality in the app. That is why most Banks, News and Media apps in the market are hybrid.
> Do you want to have the best user experience?
If you want to create an awesome user experience, the native app approach would be better. A hybrid app can never match the level of creative user experience that you get in a native app. However, this doesn’t mean that the user experience of a hybrid app is bad. A good front-end developer in hybrid app can get close to a native experience, but it’s a far stretch.
There are several factors to consider when you wish to build the best Mobile App for your target users. By choosing native, you have the advantage of exploring native features and offer a better user experience for your users. However, opting for a hybrid app will ensure that your app is cross platform ready, in a short time with a limited budget.