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Whenever a new client decides to come onboard with Iotasol Pty. Ltd., the first few questions they generally ask us are – What things should we consider before we build the mobile app? or How much does it cost to make a mobile application? Another commonly asked question is, What platform is the best to develop a mobile?
In this blog, we will be explaining the dominant types of mobile app development platforms and who uses them, as it is will determine the success of the mobile app in the market.
Mobile apps offer the end-users with more convenience and a smoother user experience. Whatever the niche is-retail, gaming, health & lifestyle, a mobile app helps engage with users more frequently. The global mobile application market size was valued at $106.27 billion in 2018 and, is projected to reach $407.31 billion by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 18.4% from 2019 to 2026. Thus, making it inevitable for businesses to develop a mobile app for their growth in the market.
However, you must ensure that your app is unique and compelling. Therefore, your mobile app must integrate the legitimate spread of features and offer enhanced performance with an enhanced customer experience.
While it is easy to start developing a mobile app, the actual development and execution are not as straightforward.
Native mobile applications are the ones that are large and do heavy processing. They provide the best user experience, excellent optimization, and are fast. Native applications are generally expensive and preferred by gaming applications because they need a lot of development and support. Also, native applications have to be developed separately for iOS and Android i.e., there is native android development and native iOS development.
Because of this, native apps impel to operate effortlessly, are highly responsive and offer a better user experience. Developers have complete liberty to develop and customize the app.
The two best benefits of developing a mobile app in a native environment are:
The only drawback of native apps is that they require intensive work and thus requires higher funding. The reason is that the developers need to create unique procedures for each functionality of the app the time taken to develop a native app can also become significantly longer.
The built app further requires comprehensive testing and quality checks as it intends to run on two platforms instead of one.
You might not be able to make fresh features available on both platforms concurrently because of the comprehensive coding process required for each.
Also known as cross-platform applications i.e., the application has to be developed on a common platform for Android and iOS. The overall development and maintenance of the application are comparatively low, and it works on all the platforms. However, they are not highly optimized like those of the native applications.
The preeminent edge of a hybrid mobile application is that the time required to develop it is considerably lower than a native app. As most of the code is done simultaneously for both platforms, these apps are released exceptionally faster.
Hybrid apps do have their set of drawbacks, like-
If costs aren’t a consideration to your business and if you want to ensure a seamless user experience, then building a mobile app on a native platform is the best option.
If time is of the crux to you and you don’t have the resources for a native app, a hybrid mobile application is the best option. You can enjoy the best of both worlds by custom-coding your hybrid app to add additional features.
There is no exclusive formula to choose the best framework for mobile app development. Picking the correct framework depends mainly on your business requirements. Both types of app development platforms come with their unique set of pros and cons. Before choosing between the two, make sure you list out your app’s objectives and available resources to help guide your decision. Ensure that a framework has exceptional community support, fulfils the requirements, caters to the problems, assures security, and is flexible for future enhancements should be chosen.
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