Do you know the global mobile application market which was valued at $106.27 billion in 2018, has been growing consistently at a CAGR of 18.4% since 2019? Well, this is not confined till here the mobile app development will be nowhere less than $407.31 billion by 2026 and this signifies how important this growth is for all of us and considering that here we have stated the three important categories of mobile apps that one must be aware of! (Source: Global Mobile Application Market Report 2018)
Native apps are developed to function well for a specific mobile device’s operating system (OS). This simply means that the native app developers have to frame different codes for the Android and iOS operating systems and thereby these apps can be used for the OS for which they are meant. Next talking about the technology that is used for the native app development, then the native apps are coded using a variety of programming languages like Java, Python, Objective-C, C++, Kotlin, Swift, and React.
Even though native apps are faster and more reliable in terms of performance, due to its singular focus, and better utilization of native device UI, for optimized customer experience, still there are some cons associated with it. Likewise, one of the biggest problems with native apps lies in the fact that developers need to prepare different codes for different platforms, which drives cost and takes more time.
Since these apps are web-based, thereby there is no need to customize the platform or OS and there is no need to download the app, which cuts down the development cost and memory space requirements. However, there are some cons associated with it like web apps are entirely dependent on the browser used on the device, so there may be cases when some of the functionalities that are available within one browser and not available on another.
Keeping up with the best features of the native and web apps, we have Hybrid apps that are actually web apps with the benefits of native apps. This means that hybrid apps might have a home screen app icon, faster performance, responsive design, and even be able to function offline. These apps are built using a mixture of web technologies and native APIs, like Objective C, Ionic, HTML5, and Swift. Even though these apps are economical and easy to build due to a single code base, and less maintenance cost, these apps might lack in speed, which is the hallmark of native apps.
Overall, based on the business requirements and customer preferences, these apps are used and we are here with some of the best mobile app developers, who are proficient across all the three domains.