Native vs Hybrid vs Cross-Platform: Which mobile app development will suit your platform?

Published Date

Apps can offer your users greater convenience and smoother user experience. If your brand is looking to engage with users more frequently, then developing an app is a natural choice. While the decision to start an app is easy, the actual development and execution of it is not as straightforward. Developers today can choose between three types of app development when building one: native, cross-platform and hybrid. This distinction arises because consumers largely fall into two categories: those who use Android and those who use iOS. Each platform has its own unique interface tools and requirements. Until recently, the only viable option was to develop an app ‘native’ to each platform; i.e., Objective-C or Swift for iOS devices and Java for Android devices. Today, you can choose between two types of app development: hybrid and cross-platform. The best choice for your app will depend upon your requirements.

Here are the key features of each type of mobile app development to help you choose the right one for your product.

1. Native app development

Native app development is developed specifically for a platform, for example, native android development or native iOS development. Because of this, native apps tend to operate very smoothly, are highly responsive and offer a better user experience. Developers also have complete freedom to optimize and customize the app. Two of the biggest benefits of developing a native app is that it can operate offline and it tends to be the most secure type of app.

The main drawback of native apps is that they require intensive work, which can translate to higher costs. Because developers need to create unique processes for each functionality of the app, the time required to develop a native app can also be significantly longer. The development timeline can get pushed even further since comprehensive testing and a quality check will need to be run on two platforms instead of one. In many cases, you might not be able to make new features available on both platforms simultaneously because of t