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Native vs Hybrid Mobile App – Which is better?

native vs hybrid mobile app

Native Apps:

These applications are developed for a specific mobile system, i.e., it would depend on the compatibility with different mobile systems. For example, if an app has been developed for Android mobile system, then it would not work well on other mobile systems like iOS, windows etc. We

would need to redevelop the app again according to iOS framework specifications. The reason for the former is that Android development requires languages like Java or Eclipse while iOS uses Objective-C or XCode.

From the above, we can understand that to develop Native apps we need SDK platform, tools, and languages relevant to the platform. This means that native app can be easily developed by any developer. Currently, a large chunk of the apps in the play store and app store are Native apps.  Some examples of real time Native Apps- Facebook, Pokemon Go


1.It requires more than one type of coding making it a complex process. For example- Android app will not run on iOS and vice versa

2. Harder to port to other systems

3.Can be a little expensive as they are written with more complex codes, structures and designs

Hybrid Apps

These are apps that look and feel like native apps. But, they are web pages that are wrapped in a native container. It is built using HTML 5, CSS and JavaScript. The difference is that while in a native app most of the data is downloaded when the app is first installed, in a Hybrid app the information loads while the user navigates the page, as on a webpage. To explain it more clearly

Native + Web = Hybrid

Real time Hybrid apps- Twitter, Gmail, Amazon App store, Khan Academy­­­­­.


  1. If you are short on time, then this is an option to consider as Hybrid app development is much faster and requires less effort in comparison to native.
  2. With plugins, you can have access to various hardware/software capability
  3. Best option if you are tight on budget, as it is a lot cheaper to develop

4 Great portability- with one source code you can access multiple platforms, i.e., once an app is developed it can be launched on various platforms like iOS, Android, Windows

5. Easy to maintain


1. The user experience is not very pleasant

2. It is much slower than native apps

3.There are fewer graphics

4. It may be a problem for certain device features to be integrated into Hybrid apps.

Now that you’ve gone through the information provided above, you should understand that each option has its own set of pros and cons.  Apart from this, you should take into consideration the following —

• Speed — How fast will your app need to run

•  Features — What are the necessary features you need

•  Goal — What you are trying to accomplish with the app

•  In-House team — If it is possible to develop a part of the app in-house

•  Budget — How much are you willing to spend on app development.

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Before you make any final decision, have a discussion with your app developers to ensure that they can turn your vision into reality efficiently and effectively. If you are at the test run stage then, outsourcing the app development is a good way to start. With a professional team at

My Apps Development, mobile app development project will be a smooth ride. We would do all the heavy lifting to remove any roadblocks, making way for a successful app design.

Read more: What is React Native ?

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