27 August 2020

Native, Cross-Platform or Hybrid Apps

Native vs hybrid vs cross platform

One of the very first decisions to take before starting development of a mobile app is which framework to use. These decisions impact the overall quality, development costs, and reliability. Nowadays, there are many development frameworks that we can use to build a mobile app. We can however group them into 3 main approaches: Native, Cross-Platform or Hybrid Apps. In this post, we will go through the advantages and disadvantages of each one. This list, however, assumes that finding skilled developers to use the below framework will not be an issue. That's because, at Vioside, we can build either Native, Cross-Platform or Hybrid Apps! 😁

Native Apps

This means that we will build an app using the manufacturers' technologies directly. So we'll use Apple's technologies to develop an iPhone / iOS app, and Google's Android technologies to build the Android app.

Native Apps

Advantages

Disadvantages

Hybrid Apps

A hybrid app means that the app will be a mobile app which simply displays a website. We'll be wrapping this website into a mobile app which acts just like a browser. The job of the app is simply to load the website, and therefore, there will be no access to device and iOS / Android features. There are however, some frameworks and methods to enable communication between the website and native features. An example of such a framework is Ionic.

Hybrid Apps

Advantages

Disadvantages

Cross-Platform Native

This is an approach which makes use of frameworks that allow for one codebase and project which is compiled or translated into an iOS app and an Android app. These technologies have a mix of native features and some, or many, web-based technologies. Some frameworks even allow for the result to be as close to native as possible. Some examples of such frameworks are Facebook's React Native, Microsoft's Xamarin, and Google's Flutter. Each of these frameworks have their own advantages and disadvantages, however we will be grouping the overall pros and cons of this approach.

Advantages

Disadvantages

So which approach would you choose for your app? Would you go for Native, Cross-Platform or Hybrid Apps? We can help you make this decision, and help you plan it, build it and publish it. Get in touch using our contact form here: Contact Us

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