Native Apps vs Hybrid Apps vs Web Apps

As mobile apps develop in the business world, most of the companies’ today face problems like misconceptions still surround mobile app development. Since years it’s been seen that many businesses venture into mobile app development without even understanding the difference between each approach. There are others too who enter the mobile app world with false beliefs about the pros and cons of each method and end up losing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Let’s clear up this confusion, by comparing each mobile app approach and take a decision on the right one:

 

Native AppsWeb AppsHybrid Apps
IntroductionFor certain devices like tablets and smartphones a native app is an app. These apps are acquired through an online store or marketplace such as The App Store or Android Apps on Google Play.Web apps are not considered as real applications as they are websites. In many ways, they look and feel like native applications, but are not implemented as such.In between mobile web sites and native apps lie the hybrid apps. Hybrid apps are a way to expose content from existing web sites in app format.
Coded LanguageNative applications are written specifically for mobile operating systems such as iOS and Android.Web applications are usually coded in HTML, CSS and JavaScript.Hybrid applications coded in CSS, HTML and JavaScript.
Devices FeaturesHave access to all the device-specific features which includes GPS, camera, push notifications, contacts and gestures.Apart from contacts and push notifications web apps have access to all.Like native apps even hybrid apps has access to all device-specific features.
FunctioningNative apps work on offline mode too.In-browser caching available in HTML5 but limited when compared to native app.Hybrid apps work faster even in offline mode.
InstallationHassle freeNeed to create a bookmark on the home screen, it is simple but no that familiar to people.Hassle free
MaintenanceMaintaining can be complicated for users and developers as changes have to be packaged in a new version and should be placed in an app store.Easier to maintain just like a web page.Just like web app, even hybrid app is easy to maintain.
Platform independenceLess chance of achieving platform independence.Better chance of achieving platform independence.Better chance of achieving platform independence.
Fees, content restrictions and approval accessMust pass content restrictions and approval process imposed by app stores.Web is free for all.Must pass content restrictions and approval process imposed by app stores.
Development CostFor native, development cost is bit on the higher side as it requires specified talent.CheaperCheaper
Best UsageNative apps are used in games or consumer-focused apps where graphics, performance, and overall user experience are necessary.

Example: Instagram and Camera+ in iOS devices.

In apps that do not have high performance requirements, but need full device access.

 

Example: Internet enabled apps with specific functionality for mobile devices like Financial Times web app for iPhone.

 

In apps that are not in a need of high performance requirements and do not need push notifications or access to contacts.

Example: Zomato and BookMyShow.

Conclusion:

As we can observe in the above table that native apps, hybrid apps, or web apps cater the needs of mobile users in way or the other. We cannot choose any one as each of these has their own strengths and weaknesses. Each company according to their unique needs can choose any one option from these. Tricon being a mobile application development company helps developing mobile applications. Our services also include web application development, WebApps Development and Hybrid Application Development.