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Understanding Mobile Apps Development Options (Native, HTML5 or Hybrid)

  Author : Shailendra Chauhan
Posted On : 20 Jul 2014
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Updated On : 26 Sep 2016
 

Today's mobile apps are playing a vital role, and have changed the way of browsing the web. Now the question is, how to develop your mobile apps? Mainly there are three options to develop your mobile apps : Native Apps, Html5 Apps and Hybrid Apps. Let's have a look in these three development models.

Native Apps Development

Native Mobile Apps development is specific to a given mobile platform (iOS or Android or Windows). They use the development tools and languages that the mobile platform (iOS or Android or Windows) supports like as Xcode and Objective-C for iOS apps, Eclipse and Java for Android app, Visual Studio and Xaml, C# for Windows apps. Native Mobile Apps development gives you high performance and best quality for your mobile Apps. They cannot be cross platform and cannot be launched on other app store.

HTML5 Apps Development

HTML5 Mobile Apps development use standard web technologies typically HTML5, JavaScript and CSS. These apps are cross-platform i.e. work on multiple mobile devices based on android, ios, blackberry, windows, symbian platform etc. These also has some vital limitations like as access to native device features (like camera, calendar, geolocation, etc.)

Hybrid Apps Development

Hybrid development combines the best of both the native and HTML5 apps. We define hybrid as a web apps, primarily developed by using HTML5 and JavaScript, then it is wrapped inside a native container that provides access to native platform features. PhoneGap is an example of the most popular container for creating hybrid mobile apps.

Comparing Native, HTML5 and Hybrid Mobile Apps Development

Here is the comparison for these three mobile apps development with pros and cons, so you can get better idea.

Features
Native Apps
HTML5 Apps
Hybrid Apps
Navigation
Fast
Slow
Slow
Look and Feel
Native
Emulated
Emulated
Graphics
Native APIs
HTML5, Canvas, SVG
HTML5, Canvas, SVG
Camera
Yes
No
Yes
Notifications
Yes
No
Yes
Contacts, Calendar
Yes
No
Yes
Geo-location
Yes
Yes
Yes
Swipe
Yes
Yes
Yes
Pinch, Spread
Yes
No
Yes
Connectivity
Online and offline
online
Online and offline
Performance
Fast
Slow
Slow
Development Skills
Objective-C, Java, C#
HTML5, CSS, JavaScript
HTML5, CSS, JavaScript
Distribution
App store
Web
App store

What do you think?

I hope you will have better understanding between these three mobile apps development. I would like to have feedback from my blog readers. Your valuable feedback, question, or comments about this article are always welcome.



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