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Native development VS hybrid development: Which is better?

Before making decisions on a project, be it technological or of any other type, we must analyse what our needs and aims are. Thanks to this we will be able to answer questions such as: Should I use native development or hybrid development? In this post we analyse both so that you know what is best for your specific case.

But before we look at the pros and cons… Let’s start at the beginning. What is native development and what is hybrid development?

Native development

When we talk about native application development, we refer to the development of applications with a specific type of language and tools for a specific platform. These applications are developed in the native language of each operating system.

On the one hand, the development of Android and, on the other hand, the development of iOS guarantees better performance and a better user experience because the response times will be shorter, we will obtain greater security because they are developed by and for a specific operating system, better storage support and complete functionality.

Native development will be necessary when the functionalities that the application needs to use are greater, when more quality and better user experience is required.

Pros of native development:

– Better performance

– Better security

– Better user experience

– Full functionality

Cons of native development:

– Higher investment

– Longer development time

– More complex maintenance

Hybrid development

Hybrid development allows an application to be developed on several operating systems at the same time. In other words, hybrid applications are developed using the same language that allows the web visit to be adapted to any device from which it is accessed. This facilitates development, so it is usually used for simpler applications or for prototypes where it is not important to risk sacrificing quality in the process, in exchange for less time and cost.

Pros of hybrid development:

– The development of applications will be much faster and will involve less effort because with the same language we will develop it for Android and iOS.

– Lower cost

– Speed of development

– Same code

– Can be viewed from virtually any device

– Easier maintenance

Cons of hybrid development:

– Slower performance

– Limited functionality

– Limited user experience

– Greater dependence on Internet connection

So… which is better?

The best development will depend, as we said at the beginning, on the specific needs. So, if you only need a minimum functional prototype of an application to show or the application has reduced functionalities, hybrid development will be the best option because it will require less time and less effort and, therefore, less cost.

On the other hand, if the application to be developed is larger, that it, it is a final solution that requires the use of more internal functionalities of the device, the best option in terms of performance and optimisation of resources will be to develop it in a native application.

If you intend to develop a prototype of an application, either functional or simply to show and sell it as a catalogue, it can be done in hybrid and then carry out that application in native.

But the most important thing is that if you have any doubts… Let us know and let us help you!

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