Mobile applications enable businesses to interact with the customers directly and even provide them with customized services based on their requirements. Mobile apps are a great way to represent your brand, products and services and also bring in good revenue. But when it comes to mobile application development, all the businesses have the dilemma of whether to choose native app development or hybrid app development.
Both are a great way to develop and build mobile applications; it is wholly based on your business requirements and complexity of the project. But if the cost of the project is your primary concern, then this let’s discuss the cost comparison between the hybrid and native app development in this article.
Hybrid Application Development
The Hybrid applications are just the combination of web apps and native apps, hence the name hybrid application development. The hybrid app integrates both features of web apps and native app, which enables the developers to build application rapidly.
The hybrid app development is divided into two parts where the back-end development uses HTML and CSS, and then it is incorporated with native development part using web view.
Companies prefer hybrid app development because of their reduced cost, decreased development time. The Hybrid applications can be launched in both android and iOS as they need only a single code for both the platforms.
Pros of Hybrid Apps
- Reduced app development time because of the single code base.
- Compatible with both android and iOS
- No necessity of web browsers.
Cons of Hybrid Apps
- Customization and personalization costs more
- Dependent on third-party platforms
- Performance speed doesn’t compare native apps
Native Application Development
The native applications are the most commonly preferred solution for many businesses because they are customizable, fast performing and have excellent responsiveness. The native apps are developed separately for iOS and android platforms. Developers should be fluent in Java and Kotlin to build android applications, and iOS apps use Swift or Objective-C.
The native applications are expensive and take more time for development and implementation, but these applications are robust, high-quality and have excellent UI/UX.
Pros of Native Apps
- High quality, increased security and high-speed performance.
- Easily customizable because of the access to feature sets.
- Smooth running and better performance compared to hybrid apps.
- Great user experience in both android and iOS platforms
Cons of Native Apps
- Way too expensive for basic applications
- Overall increased development time and cost
- Need for skilled developers and designers
Do Hybrid Applications Really Cost Less than Native?
Theoretically speaking, the hybrid applications are considered to be less expensive than the native applications, but in practicality, it might not be so true because even though hybrid apps use single code, they need to incorporate two platforms together, the native and web to create a hybrid application and it enables for more errors and bugs in the app which further leads to more expenses.
The hybrid apps need to depend on third-party like Xamarin and Cordova, and this process makes the development even more complicated.
In conclusion, it depends upon your business and what kind of app you need. If your app’s necessities are basic, then go for hybrid apps instead of investing a fortune in native apps but if the application needs complexity, great feature list and customization then choose native app development.
Monish Sinthala is Co-founder of Pyramidion Solutions which is one of the biggest mobile application development companies in Chennai. He is a pioneer in the mobile app development industry and wants to offer unique and innovative solutions for clients through his company.