Native vs. Hybrid

Mladen Š.  July 06, 2017

What’s what?

Native apps are built specifically for each platform, using native language: Java for Android and now days Swift for iOS. Because of that they have the ability to use device-specific hardware and software, meaning they will perform much better, faster and smoother.

Hybrid apps are developed using HTML, CSS and Javascript, and then wrapped in a native application. Since they work across platforms, development and maintenance is cheaper. However, price to pay is poorer performance and capability.

Industry leaders?

Facebook and LinkedIn both started with hybrid apps in the past, but that lead to poor performance and awkward user experience. Finally, both companies decided to re-build their apps as native.

What’s the right choice for you?

As long as you’re planning to build very basic app that doesn’t interact a lot with users, hybrid could suit you. However, as soon as you’re looking for interactive app with several features and you aim for effortless user experience, native still is the only way to go.

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