Native Apps, in the context of the mobile web app, can well be explained in a very simpler way with an example of the icons that you find on a mobile phone. The icons, such as Photos, Contacts, email that you find on the screen of your mobile phone are pre-installed application and they are applications created to function on a particular device platform.
There are two widely used mobile OS- Apple’s iOS (launched in 2007) and Google’s Android (Launched in 2005 after Google took over Android Inc in 2003). Native apps are created with codes written specifically for a particular device and its operating system. As explained in the following graphic, for iOS applications, developers need to use Objective C or swift whereas for Android native application they use Java. One of the most amazing features is that native apps are comparatively speedier than the other applications of its kind and that too with ease.
We can name hundreds of native apps that have changed the face of the businesses as well standard of living let me name here a few of them that have compelled to change the definition of a simple mobile phone to a Smartphone- Twitter, Pokémon Go, Facebook, Instagram etc. It is the native apps that have led the giant business houses to be on the small screen of a mobile phone. Native apps are quicker in accessing various services on a mobile device like a microphone, camera, GPS, accelerometer, compass, gestures etc and hence always render the best user experience. This is the reason why the native apps have been much popular in the last decade.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Native Apps:
No research is free of any drawback. In fact, some loopholes come along with the invention and are always there to come right from the inception. But with the passage of time, everything is set right with consistent efforts and innovation.
Now let’s have a look at some of the Benefits and few of the Drawbacks that can be attributed to the Native Apps.
- Native apps are the speediest among all its types be it HTML, Hybrid or web apps.
- Native apps can be said to be the best option in respect of the connectivity issues.
- Quality assurance can be higher due to the fast and responsive performance of the software.
- Match-less UI & UX.
- Native apps creation and maintenance are complicated mainly because of the multiple code bases.
- A new version has to be created for Android or iOS device.
- Native apps may turn out to be costlier as you will require an additional developer for building a code base for each platform.
Hybrid Apps -Web Apps- A brief elaboration:
Hybrid apps can be said to be an ideal blend of the native apps and web apps. This is so mainly because they internally act as web apps and externally they play a role in native apps. The hybrid apps have been much popular simply because of the possibility of cross-platform development and thereby reduction in the development costs. You will need an HTML or CSS developer to build a Hybrid App.
The ultimate choice to build an application be it a native or hybrid or a web app depends on the basic requirements, time constraint and above all the pre-decided budget. Each the three has its distinct features with multiple benefits or drawbacks. Better is to have an in-depth analysis of the same and then to arrive at the conclusion to build your dream app.