Did you know that by 2023 the number of app downloads would reach the 300 billion mark? Mobile app development has come a long way since the launch of the Apple iPhone in 2008. Android soon followed and changed the way people accessed information on the Internet. At the last count, there are more than 4 million apps available for download on Apple App Store and Google Play Store. There are millions more across other platforms.
Mobile applications are no longer a novelty, but a must-have like your website and social media presence. Mobile devices account for close to 55% of the Internet share and this number is expected to grow further in the coming years. A mobile-friendly website isn’t enough and naturally, businesses have to opt for mobile app development.
However, the decision to invest in mobile app development can put you in a dilemma. Businesses need to choose the ideal technology that helps them meet their goals. Native, Hybrid, and Cross-Platform are the three distinct frameworks to choose from. In this blog, we shall look at the pros and cons of each and see which one your business must choose in 2022.
As the name suggests, native apps are designed exclusively for specific platforms. They leverage the native operating system of the platform and platform-specific programming languages. Since these applications are designed for a particular platform, they can take maximum advantage of the device-specific software and hardware, thus improving the user experience.
Developers use coding language specific to the OS. For example, in the case of iOS applications, Objective-C or Swift is the preferred language while Java is used for native Android applications.
Hybrid apps are a combination of web solutions and native app architecture. They combine the best of both worlds to create rich user experiences. A typical hybrid application has two components—a backend code that powers the application and a downloadable native viewer that is meant to offer the best user experience irrespective of the hardware or the operating system the device uses.
Cons of Hybrid Apps
The uninitiated often tend to think of hybrid and cross-platform apps as the same. There is a world of difference between these two frameworks. Unlike hybrid apps that rely on web technologies, cross-platform apps are developed using non-web technologies such as Xamarin, React Native, and Flutter. They are built around the idea of code shareability where the code written for one platform can easily be employed elsewhere reducing the development cost.
As you have already seen, each of these frameworks has its advantages and downsides, and picking a clear winner is next to impossible. Therefore, the best approach to choosing one among these three frameworks is to take into account your business’s project requirements, target audience, budget, and time to market factors.
If performance, customization, and security of the app are your primary concerns, you should not have any doubts about choosing the native app development framework. Native apps deliver the best performance and ensure the safety and security of user data. While hybrid and cross-platform apps aren’t insecure, native apps beat them by a mile on this parameter.
Businesses looking for a fast development cycle or planning to introduce an MVP and work on upgrades later should opt for the hybrid app development framework. These apps have the shortest development framework and can be introduced into the market in a short time. Cross-platform app development, on the other hand, is best suited for businesses with low budgets. Not surprisingly, most startups choose this framework as it is easier in their pockets.
Your business cannot do without a mobile application, especially in 2022 and beyond. Whether it is a native, hybrid, or cross-platform app you choose to develop, your decision should be based on your business needs, target audience, and development costs.
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