Hybrid App or Native App? What Type of Mobile Application to Choose


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Mobile applications have become an indispensable resource for companies. They have become the new standard for connecting with customers. Mobile apps allow businesses to provide their users with a convenient and up-to-date experience.

If you are thinking of implementing the use of an app for your business, you should know the types that exist, such as hybrid apps and native apps. What sets them apart and which one is best for your business? Let's see what each one consists of:

Native Apps

When we think of mobile applications and download them from the App Store or Google Play, the first thing that comes to mind is native applications. What differentiates native apps from hybrid apps is that they are being developed for specific devices. For example, Android apps are written in Java and Objective-C code for iOS apps.

The advantage of choosing a native app, when it comes to user experience, is that it is the fastest and most reliable. Native apps can take advantage of device features, such as the camera, microphone, contacts, etc. But if you want to build your app for multiple platforms, a bigger budget is needed.

Hybrid Apps

A hybrid app combines native and web app elements. These, in addition to being written in Java or Objective-C, are also written in HTML. Hybrid apps can be sold as native app in app stores, so they can integrate the functionality of the operating system. Just like a web app, hybrid apps can also use web technologies that are compatible with each other.

Hybrid apps are generally developed more easily and quickly than native apps. They also need less maintenance. It is important to note that performance can be affected by the browser used by the user. This means that hybrid apps will not work as fast as native app.

The advantage of hybrid apps is that you can build them on a single foundation, so you can add new features to multiple versions of your app. With native apps, every new feature you want to introduce for every platform needs to be replicated.

Which is the best for my business?

The decision on the most convenient type of app depends on these simple aspects:

How fast do you need the application.

If you develop any part of the application internally.

What you are trying to achieve with the app.

Your budget for application development.

What features do you need?

Now let's talk about the Framework

A Framework is a platform for developing apps. It provides a foundation on which developers can build programs for a particular platform. This streamlines the development process as developers do not need to rewrite basic code from scratch when developing a new app.

Which Framework to use is an important decision and should not be taken lightly, which is why we recommend the Ionic Framework. Ionic supports a wide variety of languages, is very intuitive, and offers many advantages when developing hybrid apps.

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