Native vs. Hybrid Apps
Not all apps are created equal. The type of app that you develop will depend on the features you want and your compatible device preferences. There are pros and cons to each app type, but there is usually a best app for your situation.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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WHAT'S THE DIFF?
Not all apps are created equal. The type of app that
you develop will depend on the features you want
and your compatible device preferences. There are
pros and cons to each app type, but there is usually
a best app for your situation.
The name says it all. Native apps are native to
a mobile platform. This means that an app only
runs on iOS or Android using the language that
the platform supports. Since native apps are
platform‐specific, programmers need to have
unique expertise for that platform.
NATIVE APPS: PROS
Since the app is platform‐specific, you have the full
range of the platform’s potential to work with. This
means your app can use more advanced features
that are unique to the platform. Native apps are
usually faster than web or hybrid apps. Since the
app is on a native platform, you get faster graphics.
NATIVE APPS: CONS
Native apps tend to be more expensive and time‐
consuming than other apps. Native apps require
more knowledge and tools from your developer,
which increases the cost. Since a native app is
designed for one platform, it can’t be used on a
different platforms. Because native apps don’t have
a web component, they don’t have as successful
SEO as a web app.
To understand the difference between native and
hybrid apps, we also need to look into another type
of app—web apps. A web app uses standard web
design an app that will work anywhere. Web apps
work across different platforms and devices. They
are essentially a web page that’s designed to
function on a smaller screen.
WEB APPS: PROS
Since web apps are designed to be “platform
agnostic,” they work on any device or platform.
They’re responsive and are easily viewable by any
user, regardless of their device. Web apps are
available on, well, the web, which means that they
are indexed by search engines. This is great for
search engine optimization, which will only increase
your app’s reach to interested, relevant online
WEB APPS: CONS
Since the same code is being used across different
platforms, web apps don’t have the functionality of
native apps. All platforms have different
requirements, which restrict the capabilities of a
web app. For example, web apps don’t have access
to native functions, like a smartphone camera,
calendar, or geolocation.
As the name suggests, a hybrid app is a mixture of a
native app and a web app. Hybrid apps are different
from native apps due to their capability to embed
HTML. This web code is placed in a small native
container, which combines the best and worst
elements of native and HTML5 apps.
HYBRID APPS: PROS
Hybrid apps are typically faster and cheaper to
develop than native apps. Hybrid apps are great if
you’re looking to get an app developed quickly and
on as many platforms as possible. Hybrid apps have
some features of native apps, such as camera
access, while still having the ability to be deployed
across multiple platforms. Since they’re part web
app, they can also be accessed by search engines.
HYBRID APPS: CONS
While hybrid apps have some features of native
apps, they still don’t have the full range of features.
Hybrid apps tend to lack a lot of features, which is a
drawback for users. If you’re going for a great,
creative user experience, a hybrid app may not be
the best choice, particularly if your app is image‐
Native apps, web apps, and hybrid apps have
their own benefits and detractors. It’s important
to decide which app is best for your ideas. That’s
where VND comes in. You can contact us now
for a customized quote based on your app and
your needs. What are you waiting for?