There’s more than a million apps both on the Apple iTunes Store and Google Play. Windows Phone Store too, although far behind Android and Apple, has over 300,000 apps. Enterprises building apps for internal use, smart businesses trying to make a killing with consumer-facing apps, and entrepreneurs with ideas for innovative apps are driving the demand for mobile app development.
While a few of the apps are built just for one platform, most businesses need to build apps for at least the three big operating systems: iOS, Android or Windows.
And this need always opens up a debate about whether to build native apps, hybrid apps or HTML5 (web) apps. Before jumping into the pros and cons of the different platforms, let’s take a quick look at what these terms mean.
Native Apps: Mobile apps built using Objective-C (for iOS), Java (for Android), or .NET (for Windows), for a particular platform. The code is written for a specific platform and won’t work for other platforms.
How do these approaches compare? Take a look:
How to Choose the Right Mobile Development Approach?
At the end of the day, every business wants to keep the costs down, without compromising on the quality. To choose the right approach, we need to understand the tradeoffs of each:
The key is to clearly outline your organizational expectations from the app you are building. The purpose of the app, the budget, the target audience and availability of tech talent will drive your decision.
Choose Native Mobile App Development When You…
Choose Hybrid Mobile Apps When You…
Choose Mobile Web Apps When You…
Best of Both Worlds: Hybrid Apps with Native Quality
Gartner predicts that by 2016, more than 50% of apps developed will be hybrid. With the right development team, hybrid apps can bring you the best of both worlds: single code base & low development cost, plus high-performance apps that behave just like native apps.
Xamarin, RhoMobile, Appcelerator Titanium, PhoneGap, Telerik AppBuilder, Appmethod, AppGyver, RAD Studio… the list goes on. Apart from these, there are dozens of other lesser known tools that promise cross-platform app development.
At Cygnet, a large majority of our project two years back were for native apps development. But over the last year, we are seeing a steady rise in the number of clients demanding cross-platform apps via the hybrid development approach.
With high-caliber platforms like Xamarin, Appcelerator Titanium, PhoneGap, seasoned developers can build hybrid apps that offer native performance and UI, with complete access to the native APIs and device features.
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