Multitasking has become such a trend these days that people are unaware they’re already using different types of apps. For example, mobile users utilize both native and hybrid apps at the same time: many users, when playing a browser-based game, will switch to the default messaging app to send messages on the fly.
It is not unusual for learners to feel torn on choosing their priority topic, especially among app developers or those aspiring to be one. Thinking about which option would make you happier or help you save and earn more money is also part of the process. Native and hybrid apps are the most common choices for student developers.
To find the answers, let us begin by discussing the details of both types.
“Native”, as its meaning implies, relates to the origin of something. Native apps are apps that are directly and discretely associated with its specified platform, like Android and iOS, or mobile and web. Examples of native apps include Facebook and Spotify. These apps are written in different languages that work for specific platforms – which means that the code for Facebook iOS would likely not work on Android, and vice versa.
Now, hybrid, according to Merriam Webster, is a product of blended varieties. In mobile apps, “Hybrid” is a cross between a Native and Web app. But first, what is a Web app? Unlike Native apps that are developed exclusively for its respective platform, Web app developers created them to be accessible anywhere through web browsers such as Google Chrome and Safari. Hence, a Hybrid app is the combination of native – that is made for particular platforms, and web – made for browser-based access. Hybrid apps are simply “packaged” versions of apps that are executed in interfaces like the ones for browsers by the app designer but also run inside a mobile app.
Mobile app development in Singapore and virtually everywhere else includes studying the following, but not limited to the following app basics:
Accessibility – Hybrid apps can be deployed on both desktop computers and mobile devices looking almost the same. In native apps, the code needs to be rewritten and that causes developers to use more resources.
Optimisation – Native apps allow full utilisation of the hardware of a mobile phone, far from Hybrid apps in which device optimisation depends on plug-ins.
Maintenance – Due to apps being written in their particular code or language, native apps directly interact with a mobile phone and would require patches or fixes in the same language for each update. Meanwhile, Hybrid Apps only need one code “base” regardless of being used as an app or in a desktop browser.
Security – Native apps are designed with their device environment in mind while hybrid ones do the opposite. Hybrid apps are usually perceived as riskier than native because native apps have full access to device’s security features such as biometric authentication, while hybrid apps naturally do not.
So, which type wins in comparison?
Out of the five given features, Hybrid apps won in terms of accessibility and maintenance departments, while Native won in optimization and security. However, it is also undeniable that the language used in Hybrid apps is an easy-to-learn and embeddable high-level language.
Utilising such languages allows developers to build applications that can run in several environments at once. Native apps, on the other hand, require learning compatible languages for the platform that you are building the app for. So, in the end, language became the tiebreaker, which makes Hybrid Apps the winner when it comes to which is easier to learn.
Outwardly, Hybrid Apps won. It is easier to learn, starting from its resource-saving use of code up to the ease of maintenance and accessibility, resulting in lower development costs. Nevertheless, the decision to learn more is still up to aspiring developers like you. Your development prowess still depends on your base knowledge of app development and on the project that you will be working on soon.
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