Native vs Cross-Platform vs Hybrid Apps: What Should You Choose
In mobile app development, you have three approaches you can use to develop your mobile app. The approach you choose depends on the purpose you develop your mobile application for.
There are reasons to choose each of the three approaches to developing mobile apps. Let’s see a few reasons as to why you should be choosing each of the three approaches:
Most of the popular apps are Native apps with both common and native coding for various platforms. For iOS, you can use Objective-C and now Swift Programming Language for almost all of its apps. If you want to make apps for Android, you can use Java and Kotlin in recent times. Windows Phone app developers use C#, XAML and Visual Basic to develop native apps.
If you are developing a Native app, you will either be making an app for one platform or code separately for each platform. The biggest advantage of native apps is that they function without errors in each platform.
On the downside, you will be having to code the same app for each platform, as some of the features in your app may fail to work on other platforms.
So, it’s always better to use a combined native as well as cross platform approach for a few features like Facebook does with its mobile app.
You choose a hybrid approach, if you want to develop an app that works on both mobile devices and web browsers. If your customers, content or structure of the app require a web-based approach or compatibility with both browsers and apps, then the hybrid mobile app development approach is for you.
The only disadvantage is that no hybrid or cross-platform approach is 100% compatible with all platforms or devices. So, native coding is still required to up to 20-25% of your apps’ functions and features.
It’s easy to choose each of the three mobile application development approaches, if you are sure of your goals and purposes in developing your mobile app.
Knowing these different approaches beforehand will likely help you in saving a lot of time, wastage, effort and money. So, make the best use of what you can know before developing your mobile app.
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