An interesting question concerns the application type: should you opt for a native or a hybrid app? Despite how technical this decision may be seen, it shouldn’t remain only in the hands of the development team because the decision of how to develop the app could impact all your project.

In this article, you will understand the difference between native and hybrid development, get to know the advantages of each one to make the best decision for your project. Good reading!

What is native development?

The native development consists of creating software/applications for specific operating systems (such as Android and IOs), with the capacity to execute and explore the full device’s potential such as GPS, camera and calendar.

In this way, it is possible to state that the native app is the entire program created tailored to a platform to work accordingly with the devices and their features. These are the most common apps, allowing an infinity of possibilities to the developer.

When opting for native application development?

A native application may require a more extended deadline and a bigger budget. Its development takes a long time, after all, it will be necessary to develop an app for each operating system, considering that in most cases, code can’t be reused. 

On the other hand, native applications tend to be more stable, ideal to attend to more demanding audiences, who expect a good performance, reliability, and speed of applications. The native app will be, in these cases, the most interesting option!

In addition, there is an excellent benefit in concentrating on developing a native app. There is the possibility of optimizing the code to act directly with libraries of devices’ operating systems.

What is hybrid development?

Hybrid development consists of creating a software/application with a web-oriented programming language.Thus it can run on different operating systems. A native structure base is used for the installation, but the system will open within the app on a web page.

When opting for hybrid application development?

In general terms, the hybrid application is most interesting when the financial or time resources are more limited. The reduction of development time compared to native applications is due to the possibility of running the hybrid app on different systems.

Therefore, there is no need to develop the application more than once since it works on multiple platforms. Choosing the hybrid application development is also interesting when it is not required for high performance; or a heterogeneous audience.

In these situations, a generic solution has much more advantages! But because life is not a bed of roses, hybrid applications bring a slight disadvantage: it turns out that the frameworks are constantly updated and, when that happens, code may not work adequately - that is, updates will always be necessary.

When opting for no-code development?

Still talking about hybrid development, we have no-code development: the possibility of programming on visual platforms and easy to use, with resources such as the utilization of the drag-and-drop tools.

This kind of development allows the user to have the requirement of programming as minimum as possible, increasing the agility of app development and even the developer productivity.

In addition, no-code development helps to reduce costs, provides flexibility to create adaptable products, and offers more autonomy, once even people who don’t have advanced programming knowledge will be able to use the tool.

Hybrid or native development: which one to choose?

The great truth is that there is no single answer to this question. Both types of development bring advantages to your project, so you need to analyse factors like budget, deadline, who is the target audience of the system, and even its need for being in more than one operating system.

Structure your project, create the entire strategic planning, and decide between using hybrid or native development to build your system after defining the above mentioned points.

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November 18, 2021

Native or hybrid development? Understand the differences