App development: Native vs Hybrid
Everybody now has mobile devices: smartphones, phablets, and tablets. That’s why mobile app development is essential now for most of online businesses. And there are two main approaches of mobile development: Native and Hybrid development. Let’s figure out what is the difference; Native approach – it is basically building full functional app for the device. Languages used for that approach are: c#, objective c, java, etc. Programmer creates all logic in chosen language and compiles it into app. Examples of native apps that we all use are calculators, games, and book readers. Hybrid apps are different; they do not have a logic inside app, they use remote server to store logic (usually website); and when its time they make a request for required data. If we compare Native and Hybrid apps – Hybrid looks more like specific browser, tailored for a specific website. And as you may mention, internet connection is required for proper work of Hybrid app, because without the server app it doesn't have any data in it. Usually games and business apps are made with Native approach. The weight of the Native application are usually in between 50 – 300 mb (depends on the amount and kind of data). Hybrid apps weight usually 2-5 mb. What approach is better? Depends on the app type; games require graphic libraries and fast response, that’s why they usually build Native. If it’s food delivery or online taxi – theres no need to make it Native – all data is on server side anyway. Cost of Hybrid app usually 3-4 times cheaper than Native, because in Hybrid approach we build logic at only one time – on server, and after we only create hooks to data. In native we build logic each time, and it’s harder to maintain this kind of project.