One of the considerations a business must make early on is deciding whether to build a native app or opt for a hybrid solution. But it is difficult to reach a conclusion till you understand its pros and cons and which is why we’re writing this blog today. We’ll try to address this problem by providing information which will help you reach a decision. Let’s get started by first understanding
A native Android app is built using Google’s Android SDK and programmed in Java, Kotlin or sometimes even in C++ language. An app developed using the native SDK has first-class support, best-possible user experience and access to latest released features.
Here are the key benefits of developing a native android app:
A native Android app will have the smoothest and fastest performance because it can make the best use of processing speeds and memory. Moreover, since the app has been developed the way the platform expects it to be, the app can render animations, crunch data and handle difficult tasks in a best-intended way.
Detailed and specific guidelines have been laid down by Google about how the Android apps, its buttons, widgets, and animations should look and feel – this set of guidelines is called Material Design. Apps built around these guidelines feel intuitive and easy. Similarly, iOS too has its own design principles. A hybrid app may have the best possible UI but may miss on the specifics that make an app feel user-friendly.
Native Android apps can access and leverage finer controls on device hardware features such as GPS, Bluetooth, Accelerometer, and Gyroscope. Apps which use device’s hardware features perform better when developed natively.
Having learned the benefits, let’s take a look at the shortcomings as well:
When opting for developing native apps, you end up developing two separate apps for each platform. This is not just time-consuming but also expensive. If you’re looking to publish apps on both platforms and have a tight-schedule, hybrid apps are the way to go.
When developing apps natively, you are likely to release a new feature on one platform before it can be released on the other, leaving users of the other platform with a feeling of betrayal. We see this happening often in games which get released on one platform before other.
So this wraps, our blog on Android development and its pros and cons. We hope that you’ll be able to use this newfound knowledge in deciding the right technology.