What to choose between Hybrid and Native App Development?

Almost for a decade now, mobile apps have become a center of innovation and development. With the growing market of smartphone devices, most organizations, individuals, and companies are adopting ways to incorporate mobile apps in their business flow, to enhance their market outreach.

Most of the companies nowadays face a common challenge, that is on what platform the app needs to be built? To get the best and highest reach. Which will be the best for the organization? The answers to the queries depend on factors of their use such as the following:

• The objective of developing the application.

• The budget allocated to develop the application.

• The features required in the application.

• The speed at which the application has to be developed.

• Who are the target customers of the business?

• How will the users access the application?

• Should the application be available in the App Stores?

• Will the application need to be updated frequently?

• What level of complexity of the functionalities does the business wish to develop?

For the development of a mobile app, organizations have to do detailed planning about various types of processes. Well, before going for app development, you have to decide how you would like to create and deploy the app. And in this phase comes the platform that is required for the development of the application.

Foebby has got a team of developers rich in experience and expertise in almost all the fields of Application Developers. We(Foebby) have catered to a long pool of organizations from sectors such as E-commerce to Fashion, Retail, Healthcare, Education, etc and we look forward to serving an even more wide range of sectors.

Nobody has time for bad user experiences, your customers and employees included.

For a better decision, let us take a look at the differences between hybrid and native app; along with some innovations such as a progressive app. Also, we will have a look at the pros and cons of the two, to help you understand which approach will be best suitable for your app idea.

Native Apps

A native app is a program that has been coded in a specific programming language, for devices having a specific OS. This means that every platform has its own set of tools and programming languages. This also means that native apps deliver a more optimized and fast-paced top-notch performance allowing full access to the inbuilt smartphone OS functionalities.

Native apps give you everything you expect from a mesmerizing app. May it be instant store approval, rapid startup, swift performance, robust look, or consistent feel. Whenever an update arrives, the end-user is informed automatically. Concisely, if we sum up,

The main features of a native app are:

  • A high degree of reliability

  • Simple but Fast Performance and better user experience

  • Supports both online & offline transactions

  • Native features can best be exploited


  • High performance when compared to other app development platforms.

  • A specific UI for a specific platform leading to a specific UX

  • Appearance and feel makes the app soothing on eyes

Why not?

  • Different tools and languages need to be learned for development.

  • Expensive enough to build different apps

  • Very low code reuse across platforms

  • Scarcity of developers in the market.

When to choose?

  • You can spend individually on a single platform mobile app for different OS.

  • Seamless graphics & API is on your cards.

  • Best suitable for performance-based apps.

  • You want your apps to have unique interfaces or carry extremely high graphics.

Drawbacks of Native App

  • Separate development effort for each platform increases the development time.

  • Each platform code will have its own release cycle and updates which adds to development time and cost.

  • Releasing the same feature on all platforms at the same time always challenging because of the different codebase.

  • Different skill sets required to develop and maintain the same application on each platform which adds to the cost.

Since these apps can be built only for a particular OS, a company or organization is required to make duplicate versions of the app, so that it can work on various other platforms. For example, video games for mobile devices are mostly native mobile apps.

Foebby has the ability to develop the app in different platforms that matches the end-user requirements.

Foebby is successfully serving its clients in Canada, United States (US), United Kingdom(UK), Australia, and we look forward to serving even more countries in the coming years.

Hybrid Apps

Hybrid apps are built using standard web skills and technologies that almost all developers possess knowledge of. These apps are partial native and partial basic programming-based web apps. It is compatible across cross platforms with a 100% code reuse benefit. They are first developed in a native container and then loaded on a web browser. That means hybrid apps run within the internal browser of that platform.

For most of them, hybrid apps work best as you can develop affordable apps quickly without sacrificing native capabilities. You might ask yourself here that where these apps are exactly stored? HTML5 apps reside on the server, while native apps reside on a smartphone device. So where do you implement these hybrid apps? There are two ways to do so:

  1. Store on local by packing JavaScript and HTML5 together in mobile application binary, the same as that of a native app. Use REST APIs to move data to and fro between the cloud and the device.

  2. Store on the server by implementing the full web application from the server itself. Use the thin shell as a container over the UIWebView.

Since it is a balanced approach, hybrid apps cover the best and worst of both HTML5 and native apps arenas. When a web app is created using JavaScript and HTML5, and when it is wrapped within a thin native container, it leads to a hybrid app.


  • Standard technologies to use – CSS, JavaScript, HTML5

  • Cheaper to build because a common app for all platforms

  • Code reusability across multiple platforms

  • Many frameworks already available

Why not?

  • Lacking on performance when compared to the counterpart apps

  • A lot of knowledge & experience required to build a native style hybrid app

  • Cross browser issues continually exists

  • Doesn’t carry feel or appearance of a native app

  • Dependent on any third party tool

  • Might be all the functions and libraries are not available to use in tool

When to choose?

  • You want your app to be released quick to market

  • Cross-platform compatibility is on your cards

  • Best suitable for creating business apps

  • You want your apps to be simple rather than being complex

Drawbacks of Hybrid App

  • For most applications, performance is the same as a native app but for 3D, HD games, high graphics-oriented apps, and other performance-centric apps, a hybrid approach might not go well.

  • A hybrid app can able access all the native device features like touch-Id, media, etc. but dependent on native plugins. Sometimes entire new device feature might be not being readily available as a native plugin. We can write our own but it adds complexity to the development.

  • A hybrid app is having dependencies on different libraries and frameworks like Cordova, Ionic which have to be in sync with the latest platform version changes and releases.

Some final words…

Both native and hybrid mobile application development has their share of pros and cons. Other than what is already discussed, there are several other factors that play a vital role in deciding which apps to choose, such as team skillsets, domain expertise, etc. Know how to leverage the capabilities as per the requirements of your project and hence select the development type.

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