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Know the difference between hybrid apps and native apps, and which one is most suitable for your mobile app needs.
Hybrid Mobile Apps
A Hybrid mobile app is an app which is installed on your device natively and coded with web technologies like HTML, CSS etc. This type of app uses Webview to run. A Webview can be defined as a chromeless browser with is bundled with a mobile app.
Hybrid mobile apps have a feel of a native app to them. The hybrid apps can interact with native device functions such as geo-location, cameras etc. Any bugs found in accessing these native features can be solved using Cordova plugins.
The strengths of Hybrid
1. It is fully cross-platform- You have to write code once and build it for Android, iOS and Windows Phone.
2. Reuse the code- The Code of a webpage which already exists can be used to transform it into an app for mobiles.
4. Very less time and cost required- Due to its many advantages, a mobile app can be finished relatively quickly.
The weaknesses of Hybrid
1. Issues in performance- The performance is fairly limited as these apps run in a Webview.
2. Behavioral issues- Additional tweaks might be required along with some optimization to the code because of the differing form of Webviews from platform to platform.
3. Slow adaptation to the updated versions of the platform- Whenever a new version of the mobile platform comes in the market, you will be needed to wait a few additional months as Cordova first needs to come up with a verified support for this new version.
Native Mobile Apps
Native mobile apps are those apps which run on your device natively with true native UI elements. Unlike the hybrid apps, native apps don’t run on Webview, meaning the performance isn’t sacrificed.
Like the hybrid, it lets the user utilize their web skills while also providing an engaging experience with add-ons like Telerik UI.
The strengths of Native:
1. It is fully cross-platform- Just like a hybrid, the apps which are created with Nativescript will run on both Android and iOS with just one codebase.
4. Immediate support for new versions- Unlike a hybrid, whenever a new mobile OS version is launched, NativeScript provides the support for this new version immediately.
The weaknesses of Native:
2. Not so smooth learning curve- Whereas hybrid lets you use HTML, same is not the case with NativeScript. Only native app concepts such as native UI elements can be used for NativeScript.
Read more: Native Or Hybrid - Understanding Your Mobile App Development Options
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