A clear increase in the number of mobile device users leads to an increase in demand for applications. Of course, entrepreneurs also strive to keep up with modern technologies and be “mobile”. And if a person has already made a decision to create an application for business, then the next step is to decide on what type of mobile development to opt for.
Native Mobile App
A native mobile application is an application that is developed in a native programming language for the platform. For Android it is Java, for Apple iOS it is Objective-C and Swift.
iOS development is very demanding. A computer running the MAC OC X operating system is required to produce programs for Apple. You can, of course, try to trick the system and compile something in the cloud with the desired operating system.
With applications for Android and Windows Phone, everything is much simpler. They can be created on Apple, and on Widows, and on Linux. Use what you’re familiar with and what you have.
- They appear natural on the phone, since they were designed for a certain OS.
- Use all the functions of the gadget software: gyroscope, infrared, compass, light/proximity sensor, microphone, camera, voice recorder, geolocation, address book, and others
- Make use of what you know and what you have.
- They use phone resources more economically: battery, memory.
- Price. Native apps are not cheap. They are used for large-scale projects (for example, social networks) and for projects that are scaled, supplemented, and changed. They should not be afraid of frequent updates of the framework (development environment), which may lead to the impossibility of further development of the application created on the old version.
- For each platform, you need to write a separate application by a separate developer/s, which leads to additional financial and time costs.
Hybrid Mobile App
- Runs from a non-browser, independent update possible;
- The speed of development, and, consequently, the price is much lower than native applications;
- The ability to distribute through app stores (as opposed to web apps).
- The speed and stability of work leave much to be desired;
- Difficulties in scaling and development of the project;
- Difficulties and instability when using various modules/functions of the smartphone.
Food for thought:
If speed and custom animation is not a goal and a necessity for your application;
If you do not need to solve complex problems using the application;
If you are not looking for a unique/custom design,
Then maybe you don’t need to spend a lot of money on native development? Most likely, you will be satisfied with a hybrid one.
If a mobile application is not a primary goal for you at the moment due to a lack of funds, consider creating a responsive design or a mobile version of the site. For that, you will most likely need to hire angular developer or outsource your website to a web design company. This will save you time and ensure a reliable product in the end.
It is an unaffordable luxury to lose customers who use various gadgets (including smartphones) rather than PCs to access the Internet.
For successful business development, you must always be in touch with customers. And for this, the best solution is to order a mobile application (adaptive design / mobile version of the site).