A complete comparison on Mobile App Technologies

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A complete comparison on Mobile App Technology: Web vs. Native vs. Hybrid

When looking into developing a mobile app, is it better to build a web app, native app or choose the hybrid route instead? We will help to understand what is web based app, Native app and Hybrid app.

When deciding to build your app as web, native, or hybrid, there are varieties of factors you need to consider. So we are going to compare the three approaches, outlining the advantages and disadvantages

1. Web Apps

Web apps build are built in JavaScript, CSS, and HTML5 and run inside a browser (Safari, Chrome, etc). There is no software development kit for developers to use, however, there are templates that developers can work with.

Advantages

  • Easy to build
  • Easy to maintain
  • An Inexpensive option
  • Build one app for all platforms – iOS, Android, etc. as long as it can run a browser

Disadvantages

  • Needs a browser to run. Users have to type in the URL of the app which amounts to a poor user experience
  • Slower than native apps
  • Web apps are less interactive than native apps
  • No icon on mobile desktop as you would if it was downloaded from the app stores
  • Cannot leverage device utilities

2. Native Mobile Apps

Native mobile apps are the most common type of app. They are built for specific platforms and are are written in languages that the platform accepts, for example, Swift and Objective-C for iOS apps and Java for native Android apps. Native apps are also built using the specific Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for the given operating systems. Both Apple and Google provide app developers with their own development tools, interface elements, and SDK.

Advantages

  • Native apps are very fast and responsive because they are built on that specific platform
  • They have the best result and speed
  • They are distributed via app stores
  • They are more interactive, fast and run much smoother in terms of user interaction
  • Native allows developers to full features to develop the app
  • Better user experience.

Disadvantages

  • Need experienced developers
  • Very expensive compare to others
  • Not the good option for very simple apps

3. Hybrid Mobile App

Hybrid apps work across platforms and behave like native apps. Hybrid app development can essentially do everything HTML5 does, except it also incorporates native app features. A hybrid app consists of two parts. The first is the back-end code built using languages such as HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript. The second is a native shell that is downloadable and loads the code using Webview.

Advantages

  • Cheaper than a native app
  • Built on web technology HTML5/ CSS3/ Javascript so it’s much easier to build
  • One app for all platforms using technology like Cordova, Ionic etc…
  • No need browser to open app.
  • Access to the device’s internal APIs, can access storage, camera, etc.
  • Easy to develop

Disadvantages

  • Slower than native apps
  • Less interactive than native apps
  • Difficult to customization

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