The native app, as the name suggests is developed for being used on any particular device and is compatible with its operating system only. These apps can use or access the device-specific software and hardware as well as can utilize the optimized performance of latest technology incorporated on the device such as WiFi, GPS etc. Any native app development company creates generic native apps for both Android operating systems and iPhone operating systems. While Swift or Objective-C is used in iOS systems, Android systems make use of Java.
In case of long-term maintenance and design challenges, the native app development offers customization and robust features to provide benefits. On the other hand, Web app development makes it easily operable in multiple platforms but it lacks in using the features of each platform the fullest. Both the development processes yield same benefits but native apps stay ahead with its usage of features.
Hybrid app development is a mixture of web and native apps –while the apps run like web app, the installation is like native app. Having access to APIs, they have access to device features like GPS, Storage and Camera. Hybrid app development runs with CSS and HTML like native app but here the developers need to make minor changes for customizing the app with each platform.
While Native app development helps the apps to run offline, the hybrid app development makes the apps applicable under internet connection only. Still native mobile app development takes a bit more time than that of hybrid app development, although their development cost is almost similar.
Native app development although being a basic approach of development, still offers multiple advantages -
While developing the native apps, a few disadvantages are also evident -
By using effective programming language in an Integrated Development Environment for designing platform-specific applications, the native apps are used for two platforms namely Apple Inc’s iOS and Google’s Android. While iOS native app development works with operating system which is only applicable for iPhone, iPad etc manufactured by Apple Inc, the Android operating system works in mobile devices of extensive range of OEMs or Original Equipment Manufacturers.
Android Studio is the main IDE for Android development using android-specific Java or Kotlin. Apple mobile and Macbooks also are compatible for Android Studio.
For users of a specific type of device, the native apps are highly beneficial as they take utmost advantage of the operating system and help in creating a significant presence within the mobile ecosystem.