Taking investment decisions for a mobile app could turn into a nightmare. If you are not from the technical background, the task is even more daunting. Nothing is black or white when you have to take a call between the native app and the hybrid app. But knowing the competing factors and weighing the pros and cons will ensure your investment proves fruitful. If android and apple architecture had an overlap element, the world would be united.
Hybrid apps have proved to be a savior for developers and businesses. But there are so many factors, at which your app depends. So, go through this in-depth analysis and finalize your app development choice after that only:
Investing in hybrid apps
Hybrid apps aren’t a perfect match to the native apps but it covers up for some very differentiating aspects of an application and its development. A featured hybrid app is too close to the behavior of its native equivalent. Users may not care whether the app is native or hybrid if the application is offering a good user experience and works as per expectations, it is a good app.
How are hybrid apps built?
Benefits of hybrid apps
- Multiple operating system support
- Rapid coding and testing cycles
- Easy maintenance and support
- Wider audience
Hybrid apps work independent of the operating system, while its native counterparts are dedicated to the single platform. You need codebase to be developed just once saving the time, money and efforts. Development, marketing, and demographic reach need to be done just once.
The coding of a hybrid app is simpler as compared to native apps. As the coding is completely web-based the design element changes, alpha and beta launches can be achieved very rapidly.
Hybrid apps are not high maintenance like native apps. The code is easy and can quickly be updated for any design changes or bug fixation.
With a hybrid app, you can target a wider audience. Right now 87% of mobile users are on the android platform and rest on the iPhone. Your hybrid app gets you 100% engagement exposure on both the platforms simultaneously.
Loopholes in hybrid apps
Hybrid apps are platform-independent but they have some issues that are still to be addressed.
- Performance glitches
- User experience lags
The computing power of mobile devices is comparatively lower. The usage of HTML5 and CSS for UI development makes the code bulkier. The code consumes a good amount of GPU resources causing an increase in app loading and response time. If an app takes 2 seconds more than regular time to load, the users tend to uninstall the app.
Both the architectures are distinctly apart. It is very difficult for an app to cover the features of both platforms to offer excellent UX. UI experiences are never like native apps. At times hybrid apps do not have access to features like render script that accelerates the computational power. They cause problems if the apps need high-performance like gaming.
Good user experience is a key differentiator for app users. Native applications are built completely utilizing the features of the particular platform. That is why the native apps offer an experience of the default app. The native apps can easily access the device features of the native operating system. These features make the mobile app versatile by letting it access the camera, contacts or calendar. Some native apps can work in offline mode also despite any internet connectivity.
The competing factors of native apps do weigh on a higher side but some of the grey areas that call for hybrid apps to enter the development arena.
How to choose between native and hybrid applications?
While making a choice between a hybrid and native you need to first have a clear understanding of the scope of work and the features required. Recent times have witnessed a lot of big brands going the hybrid way. Hybrid frameworks have evolved. The newer frameworks like ionic and phonegap cover up some percentage of glitches and cons.
High-performance hybrid apps
Well-written hybrid apps perform better than the native counterparts and this fact has been proved astoundingly by these below apps. The list is going to leave you astonished:
- Amazon appstore
- Apple appstore
It is the talk of the town that amazon chooses hybrid to be its app framework for the reasons of facilitating rapid upgrades and updates.
The Twitter user base of 330 million active accounts and the app performing exceptionally well ensure, performance is not a glitch if the app is well developed.
Did it take you for a spin? Yes, the app store is itself a hybrid app developed on HTML5. The app utilizes some of the native elements with the help of web views. No one would doubt the app store performance excellence.
Gmail has revolutionized the way developers and users look at hybrid apps now. Putting HTML5 to the best use, gmail has even been able to offer offline access to app features.
Fast and speedy loading of the uber hybrid app on both android and iPhone re-affirms the fact that the hybrid apps have evolved in terms of performance.
Instagram is still a hybrid app. The Facebook let it be on hybrid because the features required for Instagram like short videos are technologically supported well by HTML5.
The technocrats are moving more towards HTML5 because of developmental optimization in terms of cost and time. The native app is turning tricks and needs higher specialization, time and money. The apps quoted above have caused an uproar in the mobile app development world and changed the way developers and businesses are looking at hybrid to revolutionize the app functioning.
Are you planning your app development strategy? Do share your views on whether the hybrid is worth the investment or not. At Techechelons, we may consult you on Hybrid, as well as native development without any biased intentions.