Native Apps vs. Hybrid Apps

In today’s time, technology is everywhere. From your kitchen, to your bedroom and even in your pocket where you get to find the most important gadget– your cellphone. And looking at our way of living now, it will be quite difficult to survive without all these built technologies.

This now has pushed companies to build and enhance almost every device in the digital market. But they don’t only apply these in hardware, they also revamp and upgrade the applications that could be seen in these devices!

Now as fruitful as it may seem to build an app loved by everyone, there are roughly 2 million apps to be downloaded, which makes it quite difficult to choose which and what type of application must be developed. Should it be a Native app or a Hybrid one?

In this article we’re going to breakdown the advantages of each one and help you in deciding what type of application is fit for you and your company.

Native Apps

  Native apps are software applications which are built in a specific programming language under a specific device platform. These device platforms could either be Android, which has applications written in Java or IOS that has apps written in Swift or Objective-C.


Did you know that most of the applications seen in the marketplace are native apps? If you’re wondering why, it’s all because of the following:

1.) They are Fast and Responsive

Native applications offer speed since they are built in nature to the platform. And these apps also work with the device’s built in features.

2.) They work offline

Applications under this group could also work offline which helps people get over their boredom whenever they’re in a transportation or when they have no internet connectivity.

However, since native apps are built differently across the 2 platforms, these applications are not flexible. Apps in Android phones won’t be able to work with IOS mobiles and vise versa. To enable the usage of an application in both of these platforms, developers have to code for one platform at a time.

  And because of this, Native Apps can be expensive. As tedious as the development process may seem, it can also be tricky and developers who code in this language are quite hard to find.

Another downside is that it is time consuming. It takes about 18 weeks to develop a good quality native application and this time span varies depending on the complexity of the project.

Hybrid Apps

Hybrid Apps on the other hand resemble the process on how web apps function and also contain some of the qualities of native applications. Hybrid applications are built from special frameworks that allow seamless interactions between the application and some of the smartphone’s hardware and features.


1.) It costs less

Building a Hybrid app is less expensive that building a Native one. And this is because of the unified development of the application that can work on different platforms without having to exert finances in each one.

2.) Provides Native App experience with a simpler backend

Hybrid applications can even provide most of what native UX offers but keeps the back-end structure of it a lot more simple. Hybrid app users get to experience the native feel while seamlessly shifting from one platform to another.

3.) Attractive UI/UX designs

Design is what attracts people from indulging into a specific application. Hybrid apps can offer suburb UI experience for users. Which then builds the attraction needed for the user to be able to enjoy the visuals and performance at the same time.

Meanwhile its flexibility can also cause the inability of the user to access specific hardware features. And aside from this, your application may often go through a hard time when it comes to discoverability especially if they aren’t listed on app stores.

Wrapping it up!

Native or Hybrid applications have their own spices that sort them from all the others in the basket. If you’re aiming to develop an application that costs less, has a simpler back-end structure and is meeting a deadline then, go for building a Hybrid app. However, if you’re not rushing and is into creating a fast and highly compatible application to specific platforms, go for Native Apps.

At the end of the day,  both of these applications have a single role to play – improve the user experience.

Planning to build an app? Contact us! And together let’s create a software that goes with what you want and what your target users need!

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