Hybrid or Native Application
Mobile applications are categorized into three types as Web Apps, Native Apps, and Hybrid Apps. A native application is the software code or package that is developed to carry out a specific task in a specific environment or platform. These are the applications built for a specific mobile operating system. Hybrid applications are the software codes that are packaged in the native wrapper. These applications have the look and feel of a native app, but are fuelled by a specific website of an organization.
Mobile Application Platform Timeline
We, at OSS, provide our customers with assistance on the development of native or hybrid apps. We also provide guidance on the selection of the application type and the framework as per the needs of our clients. The primary reason behind the development and deployment of a mobile application by an organization is to gain a competitive edge in the market. Automation of the business operations and enhanced reachability to the customers are the other top reasons. All of the customers wish to have the least time to build and deploy so that the applications can be brought in use as soon as possible.
Pros & Cons
The primary step that we carry out is the selection of the application type for our customers. There are pros and cons associated with native apps and hybrid apps. Native apps are faster and reliable owing to their design and architecture. Seamless user experience is guaranteed with these apps as the content, structure, and visual elements are already present in the mobile device of the user. Hybrid apps have the native wrapper which is downloaded on the user’s device and a major portion of the data is downloaded from the server. Load balancing and increased server requests may take a toll on the hybrid app performance. User experience and platform independence are the two key qualities that we consider and explain to the customers for adequate selection. Robust user experience and visual appeal are judged on the basis of the factors as the simplicity of the layout, smooth navigation, interactivity, animation, feedback, and consistency. Hybrid apps are platform independent and are adaptable to all the operating systems and platforms. One code base is required to be maintained in these applications which make them easy to build and adapt. Native apps do not offer this advantage. User experience is the area wherein native apps have a stronger hold than the hybrid apps. Main advantages that come along with the native apps are rich user experience, best security, accessibility in the offline mode, and better performance. Hybrid apps offer enhanced portability and adaptability, faster time to build and market, and cheaper origination costs.
Difference in Costs
Cost-effectiveness is the strength of the hybrid apps as lesser costs are involved in application development using hybrid technology stack. Hybrid apps also provide the ability to develop once and use the code multiple times across different platforms. For native applications, a new code is needed to be developed for every platform which may enhance the overall costs. The average costs of native and hybrid app development processes are illustrated in the tables below.
The figures in the tables above are the ball park average costs. The actual cost of the applications may vary on the basis of the application type and requirements.
Our team of experts and graphic designers ensure that the mobile-friendly application development is done across the major platforms, such as Android, Blackberry, iPhone, Windows mobile platform, and Symbian. We use responsive web design principles during the development of native as well as hybrid mobile applications.