Determining features in the product release can be overwhelming for a product owner when everything from app idea to user demands and expectations to development costs is aligned.
Some redefine their business objectives while others are ready to take risks whose rewards may or may not be guaranteed.
Building mobile apps from scratch can be branched out into methods that vary in their ability to perform. The mobile applications that reach the end-user can be classified into Native, Web and Hybrid. Each differs in its development process, features, and functionalities. In this blog, we will focus on.
What are Native Apps?
Native apps are exclusively designed for a specific platform like iOS or Android. A native Android-powered app cannot run in Apple’s ecosystem and vice versa. Building with Native gives developers a free hand to craft an app since they write in the programming language specified for the app. An iOS developer will use Swift of Objective – C to write whereas an Android developer will use Java to write codes.
When the same mobile app is rolled in iOS and Android, the look and the feel of an app are easily discernible while the functions remain identical.
Because developers write in different programming languages for different platforms. Writing in different programming languages for different platforms results in great user experience. By incorporating top of the line UI modules and functionalities, the app is more consistent in performance than hybrid or web.
5 reasons why you should opt for Native Mobile App Development
1. Unmatched Performance
Hybrid and web apps are not as fast as native because of their dependence on native browsers such as UI WebVIew and AndroidWebView. Native apps have access to exclusive components and APIs that are optimized for a host of devices and are written in platform-specific language giving it an edge over the other two as it was mentioned earlier.
2. Access to full set Features of Devices
Native apps take full advantage of the operating system’s features and software. Native can easily access the hardware of the devices such as camera, microphone, GPS etc that makes them faster in execution. And the implementation is easy and quick because of the APIs offered by Apple’s server and Google’s cloud messaging.
3. Offline Usage
With Native, one can access the apps even without the internet. Whether you are navigating on a road, are in the middle of organizing an event or would like to play games, Native perform without connection because the app’s content is already downloaded on the phone.
4. Robust Security
Native apps are difficult to exploit since they are protected by many different layers of an OS. They use licensed APIs that are tested across all the versions of the system and do not depend on 3rd-party frameworks. On the contrary, hybrid applications depend on the security of the system’s web browsers. One could argue that Native apps have longer release cycles. It’s only because it robustly tested so that the app is more secure and reliable in the longer run.
5. Highly Scalable
Because Native caters to a specific platform, it is faster to configure. A single native project is entirely different for 2 platforms and there are no compatibility issues that are at risk here. Because it has fewer restrictions, it is easier to scale than hybrid and web. One can always combine the benefits of both native and cross-platform solutions in this type of development. By starting natively and then extending smaller modules later in the development phase with additional cross-platform code is recommended. Likes of AirBnB and Facebook use this strategy to escalate the user experience across platforms.
With regard to what has been covered in this blog, there is no doubt that native applications are faster and more reliable. Visual elements, gestures interactions, contents, and app structure are already set up on the devices that can be loaded in an instant when the end-user navigates the native apps.
Native mobile apps are crafted in a way so that they are in full compliance with the guidelines and requirements of a specific OS.