We then determine the type of mobile apps these companies specialize in. The three main types of apps are native, web-based, and hybrid. How do you know which of these three is best for you? First, let’s see the differences between them.
Native vs. Web-Based vs. Hybrid Applications
Native apps are designed to work on a specific mobile operating system. Windows phones run on Windows OS, while Samsung combines two operating systems: Bada and Android. Nokia devices have changed three operating systems throughout the years, starting with Symbian OS, then changing to Windows OS, and now they run on Android One OS. However, most app developers focus on iOS and Android operating systems since Android and iOS-powered devices hold 97.7% of the mobile OS market share.
Next, we have web-based apps. These apps run within a mobile web browser and require an internet connection. They can’t be classified as real apps, as they’re actually websites that act like native apps. Additionally, unlike native apps that use native programming languages, web-based apps use web app frameworks such as CSS3 and HTML5.
Lastly, some companies that create apps specialize in developing hybrid apps. These apps are a combination of native and web-based apps. They have access to a device’s APIs, but unlike web-based apps, they don’t require a mobile web browser.
Additionally, some sources put hybrid and cross-platform apps in the same category, as these two types of apps are quite similar. However, the difference between the two is that cross-platform apps run directly on a smartphone’s hardware, while hybrid apps require a web view.
Each of type of mobile application development has its benefits.
Pros and Cons of Native Apps
Native apps use all the capabilities of a mobile platform. To put it simply, they provide a superb user experience. Additionally, since they are written for a specific OS, their performance is unparalleled. Users don’t need an internet connection to access native apps. It’s also fairly easy to discover and install native apps from app stores.
But native apps also have their downsides. When you begin working with your mobile app development agency, keep in mind that native apps are more expensive to develop. Also, if you build a native Android app, you’ll need a native iOS app as well. After all, your customers will want the right app for the operating system they use.
Pros and Cons of Hybrid Apps
Hybrid apps are much simpler to build than native apps. Hybrid mobile app development uses a single codebase, and the app can be used on different operating systems. This type of app is usually less expensive. It also takes less time to develop than native apps.
On the other hand, hybrid apps use plugins to provide all the functionalities on a user’s mobile device. This is why hybrid apps can’t offer native features. Plus, hybrid apps don’t work without the internet.
Pros and Cons of Web-Based Apps
If you choose to create a mobile app that runs within a web browser, the app will, much like hybrid apps, offer limited functionalities. The advantage of building a web-based app is that they’re easy to build and maintain, and they’re budget-friendly.