One of the first decisions you’ll face is which type of app to build. And there is no single, definitive answer.
The choice between Native App vs Hybrid App vs Web App can be confusing and with no clear winner – all three choices have their benefits.
Your choice will depend on a bunch of competing factors, including your budget and your deadline.
Native applications are what you normally think about when you think about apps.
A native application is a specific software or program which has been carefully developed to perform some specific task on a particular environment or platform.
The majority of the apps on your smartphone are native applications, and they are built in a specific programming language, for the specific device platform, either iOS or Android.
For the same application built for Android to work on iOS, it would have to be completely redesigned and written in a different code. These applications are built using software development tools (SDK) for a specific software framework, hardware platform or operating system. Much like Android applications are built using a Java Development Kit on Java platform, iOS applications are built using iOS SDK, Swift and Objective C while NET is required for all Windows platforms.
Examples of Native Apps include:
Hybrid applications are designed with both IOS and Android operating systems in mind as they have cross-platform compatibility while still being able to access a phones hardware.
Hybrid applications can be built for any platform from a solitary single code base. Both native and hybrid applications are distributed on Apple iTunes, Google Play store, Windows App store, Amazon App Store. Native applications are specifically used as games or consumer-focused applications whereas performance, graphics and overall user experience are more important for hybrid applications.
Some examples of Hybrid Apps include:
Until recently, web apps lacked the functionality of native apps, like the ability to send push notifications, work offline, and even load on the home screen.
However, there have been some great improvements to browsers and web apps that offer these features. Apps that take advantage of these features are called Progressive Web Apps (PWAs)
PWAs are all-round user experiences, that have complete web access and are extremely reliable, instantly load, even in unreliable network environments. These applications are quick, swiftly respond to any user interaction with high-end animations and with no intermittent scrolling.
Progressive web applications are very engaging and user-friendly with a natural application feel to them on a device. They provide a fully immersive user experience with assistance from a web app manifest file and they can even re-engage users with web push notifications. With new innovative technology evolving all the time and with the new level of delivery and quality, these applications can fit onto the user’s home screen.
Some examples of PWAs include:
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