Well, it starts to be some kind of a life routine question for some people.
Should I use one of the mobile Hybrid framework as ionic or PhoneGab …etc. or should I go for a native mobile development
Before trying to answer our question let's have a look on what each terms means?
Native Apps: Native apps are written in a programming language specific to the operating system they’re developed for. In more clear words, using Objective-C or Swift for iOS and Java for Android.
Hybrid Apps: A hybrid app is an app. that contains a web view to run web application inside native app wrapper, throw that wrapper, it can use native device platform and web view. So these web applications can run on a mobile device and have access to that device native features, such as the camera or GPS features.
Many vendors provide Frameworks produces hybrid apps like Xamarine, Ionic, React Native, Kivy, Onsen, etc.
Native apps for sure have better performance with both rendering and animations than hybrid apps.
As Hybrid mobile uses third party to communicate with device features rendering and animation is not that good in performance comparing to native apps.
Now after we get to know the two Enemies in this continuous battle let's back to our question: which one should I use to build my app.?
Well, the question have no final answer as it always have to be depends on your needs.
You just have to ask yourself some basic questions?
- What is your budget for making that app. as to hire native apps Developer is around 120-150$/h in USA while it's around 50-60$ for Hybrid apps developer?
- How much of the Native features your app. will need?
The most you use Native features the most Hybrid app. Performance becomes bad, and the opposite is true the less you use Native features the less your app performance differ from the Native ones.
- Will you need your app. on many platforms (IOS, Android, and Windows) or you just need it for one store?
- Do you have a restricted timeline for your app. or time doesn't matter?
Hybrid apps. Saves 30% of the time if the development is for one platform.
Can you imagine how much it will save if you need an app. for two platform?!
- Will you aim to add features or make lots of maintenance to your app?
If so, Hybrid is your thing as its easy way to make changes in one codebase rather than two.
- How many user you expect for your app?
If you expect something like 10 Million maybe it's better to go native.
There's no answer. And the war will continue. The winner will always differ from one app. To another according the app. Specific needs, time and cost.