You need a mobile app for your business but what platform is best for you is the question next. In our recent post, we talked about all the three major platforms of mobile app development. We gave you an overview of what platform does what for you and now today, we shall help you pick the best option among them. To make the right choice, here are 6 questions that you need to ask yourself before choosing the platform:
What Features you may want?
The first question to ask regarding the uses and needs is the features you may want in an app. A native application allows taking full advantage of terminal functions (calendar, contacts, photo, video, storage, geolocation …) to provide a richer experience whereas the hybrid app only makes calls to databases. If you’re going to squeeze the device the solution that fits in is the native app else Hybrid can be your best pick.
What Time duration do you have?
Developing the native app for multiple platforms is time taking. This is because the developer will have to write separate code for every operating system. On the contrary, you can reuse some part of the already written code of the hybrid app. This can help to make it functional on different operating systems. This accelerates the app development process hence time and energy are saved.
What Operating Systems you need to cater?
Once you finalize the features you want, you have to decide the operating system for your app. Do you want it to run on iOS devices, on Android gadget or on windows phone? Or you need all the three? Decide it beforehand as the native application is only compatible with the operating system for which it was designed: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Symbian, etc. Development costs are directly related to the number of target platforms. In contrast, the hybrid application is not dependent on the OS, and will adapt to most terminals.
What is your budget?
Budget is one constraint that you may face. So, decide your budget first. Native applications require more finances and specific skills to each OS. For that, you may have to hire multiple development teams to get separate versions of the app for each platform say native iOS app, native Android app, and native app for windows, etc. However, the best approach to publishing your app on multiple platforms in a cost-effective way is to get it made in a hybrid environment.
Do you prefer providing an awesome user experience?
User Experience is something that can play a vital role in the growth of an app.
An important part of the user experience is based on the performance of the application on the mobile device. Certainly, native mobile applications are faster than a hybrid. We all know that users do not have any interest if an application is native or hybrid. They are more concerned if the application makes their life easier, it is easy to use, it meets your needs and does not lock their device. In addition to that, here user experience has special relevance the possibility of offline operation and / or local databases, which improve much usability for the user. In this scenario, clearly, the best option is a native development of apps.
Do you anticipate frequent updates?
If the answer is yes, you want the hybrid app as for the updates for native apps are needed to be published every time. The user will have to visit the store to install the updates. In contrast, the content for the hybrid app is updated directly from web hybrid app unless there is an integral change of the functionality in the app. Hence the hybrid apps are good options if the updates are considered from users’ perspective.
No solution is prior than another, each has its advantages and disadvantages. In mobility, as with any IT project, the choice depends on the context, objectives, business requirements, functional, technical specifications and budgetary. Consider the above-given questions that can help you pick the right option for your mobile app development. Answer the questions now and choose between native and hybrid app development smartly.