Native, HTML5 and Hybrid: Understanding the Development Options for Your Mobile Apps

In today’s world, mobile applications are playing important roles in how users browse the world wide web and that’s very important to businesses that have online presence. There are three mobile app development options available to you if you’re looking to create a mobile app for your business. Understanding the three options is important before choosing a model if you’re looking to make impact with your app and make money or increase your bottom line in the process.

Model #1: Native Apps

When a mobile app is developed to work on either the iOS or the Android mobile platform or Windows, it is regarded as being native. A native mobile app is developed by deploying the tools and coding language that a specific operating system supports. So, if you’re looking to develop your app on iOS platform, the Xcode and the Objective-C tools must be deployed in creating your app. If you’re using the Android platform, tools like the Kotlin, Java, and Android Studio must be deployed in building your app. For Windows, C# is the main tool that must be deployed in building an app that will be compatible with the Windows software. The good thing about native apps is that you get high performance and best quality app in return for your money.

Model #2: Apps Developed using the HTML5 Code

The HTML5 is the standard web technology tool. When combined with JavaScript and CSS, a mobile app could be created. Such an app can work on multiple mobile devices whether built on iOS, Android or Windows, Blackberry as well as on devices powered by Symbian operating system. Such an app is said to be cross-platform, however, a major drawback of apps developed using HTML5 code is that access to native features such as camera, calendar and geolocations may be limited or not be possible at all.

Model #3: Hybrid Apps

Mobile apps developed based on hybrid configuration are created by combining the best of native and HTML5 tools. The hybrid app is a web application created by combining HTML5 and Java and afterward wrapped up in native code which allows the developed app to access native features such as camera, calendar and geolocations.