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.


Cross-platform apps use JavaScript as its coding language, which makes the apps compatible with both Android and iOS. Some of the popular cross-platform mobile app development tools are React Native, Xamarin, Appcelerator, etc.

With JavaScript being a scripted intermediate language, the coding is shared across multiple platforms as iOS, Android, Windows, etc. The key advantage here with cross-platform mobile app development is it saves time, cost and effort involved in coding the same app each time for multiple platforms.

The disadvantage of a cross-platform approach is that you will have to choose native coding for some of the features, as languages like JavaScript do not get interpreted 100% across all platforms. They may also cause some hiccups, as some of the features may lack compatibility with all platforms leading you to perform some native coding.


Hybrid approach displays dynamic web content in iOS, Android and Windows Phone apps. Hybrid apps also perform the same functions on both web browsers and mobile applications. Ionic and Cordova are some of the most popular frameworks used to develop hybrid apps using the languages HTML5, CSS and JavaScript.

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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