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A technical question arises before starting the development of every app: What is the best mobile app development platform to develop the app – native apps, web apps or hybrid apps? Answering this question is straight off the bat. And, there is no general suggestion as well – “the best approach is …” – because all the three platform options have its own pros and cons, which are affected by factors such as budget, target group and timing. And, it depends on what your application is offering, what is the expectation of the users and what are your core development strengths. Hence, choosing the right platform for developing an app can therefore pose a significant challenge. Before all other attempts to decide which platform suits best to your app, be sure to review Hybrid vs Native Mobile Applications: What is the way ahead? Part1, in which we looked at what is Native, Web and Hybrid Mobile Application. Let’s take a look on all the approaches, including their advantages and disadvantages:
As the name signifies Native apps are “real” programs that run on a device at the operating system level. They, therefore need to be installed on a smartphone or tablet. They are based on a binary code which, once started, interacts directly with the underlying mobile operating system, such as iOS or Android. All APIs that a mobile system and its hardware have to offer can therefore be accessed. This generally gives the developer more options and easier access to the integrated sensors such as gyroscope, positioning, and much more. Moreover, the special features of a system can also be used more intensively. Another major factor that is needed to be considered at the time of native application development is – technical know-how of a development team. The level of experience must be higher as compared to other development scenarios. A professional developer must not depend on sold on proven API’s and frameworks, they must be capable of using relevant techniques, languages and frameworks that are needed to provide best mobile applications. However, inspite of its intricacy to develop the method and limitation of using it for the particular platforms, native applications still remains as one of the best known platforms chosen by the professional developers. Other commendable part of native application is that some features we can only get through native platform. Let’s discuss the pros & cons of native mobile applications (referred from codingsquare.blogspot.in):
However we’ve discussed native apps from a development perspective, there’s also one more and very important perspective, and that is the end user. When we look for an app, we get it in the app store. When we start using the app, it fires up immediately. When we use the app, we get quick performance together with reliable platform look and feel. Not only this, if an app needs an update, it notifies us too. This proves that if we talk about end user perspective native apps give everything what we expect from the ideal platform.
Is Hybrid taking the lead??
Hybrid platform leverages the combination of portability among platforms of the HTML5 and accessibility in each and every feature of the native application. According to Gartner – by 2016 more than 50 % of the apps deployed will be Hybrid apps. One good example of hybrid platform can be seen in application framework like Phonegap. Through Phonegap, mobile applications can be developed and assembled in span of just few moments, even without using compilers, hardware and SDKs. It’s similar to developing an individual iOS app for Android, without even using xcode and Macintosh in very less time
Native applications are installed on the device itself, while HTML5 applications dwell on a Web server, so you might be thinking if hybrid apps save their files on the device itself or on a server? Here’s your answer- There are two ways through which hybrid app can be implemented:
• Server – Otherwise you can apply the full web application from the server, by simply using the container as a thin shell over the UIWebview. Let’s discuss the pros & cons of Hybrid mobile applications (referred from codingsquare.blogspot.in):
Hybrid apps, even though are packaged natively are not native apps. They execute on the platforms web engine, Webkit in case of Android and iOS which is another layer between the user and the application and so the performance can’t match the native apps.
Since Hybrid apps are normally built using standard web technologies, there will be huge pool of developers available for ramping up. This is not the case with native apps.
Mobile application development is thorny in today’s technologically advanced world with an arrival of new application in every three or four months. Apart from their own advantages, hybrid mobile apps are taking the lead from two.
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