Performance: Hybrid Apps Vs Native Apps

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“While 79 percent of consumers would retry a mobile app only once or twice if it failed to work the first time, only 16 percent would give it more than two attempts. Poor mobile app experience is likely to discourage users from using an app again.” – Source

This is obviously true, mainly because it is something that we do too. With options available for so many On Demand services in the Mobile App world, customer satisfaction is everything. A customer wants things done in a jiffy, plus it has to be convenient too, and if your App is not giving them that, they move onto another App for a same/similar service.

As you know, an App can be Native and Cross-Platform (Hybrid), and while there are main fundamental differences between both, we will here, in this article discuss about the Performance of both Apps.

We have met businessmen and App developers who bat for both teams, we will lay out their reasons, and find out why they are happy with their Native or Hybrid Apps, performance wise.

As you may know, a Native App is one that is designed specifically for one type of Operating System – iOS, Android (We shall consider the majorly used Mobile OS for argument sake). While iOS uses Objective C and C as its programming language, Android uses Java.

With no grey areas, Native Apps are strictly for one type of phone(s), thereby making people hoping to cover one market release specific to their phones. Now, this is understandable, but when the common App players come into the frame, they have reasons to choose Native Apps too, and the main obvious reason they tell is Performance.

Agreed, an App is dependent on various features, be it Setting the location On, or opening the Camera or saving an image. When done on a Native App, these things are seamlessly done because the code does not have to go look for any requests anywhere. Everything is set up as soon as the App is installed. This seamless behaviour plus the beautiful co-ordination this App has with the rest of the Apps in the mobile phone result in an extremely satisfying user experience, which has always been the goal.

On the flipside, Hybrid App enthusiasts believe that these issues are things of the past. With newer, better and more advanced smartphones coming up in the market, the Hybrid App developers are breathing a sigh of relief. The new age mobile devices come with processors and accompanying hardware that are sometimes even better than Computers. So, they believe that the mere processing speed that the device will deliver will take care of any performance lapse a Hybrid App might give. They say that with clean, and efficient code, there might be no difference between both!

All of us have our opinions, and we know you might have one too! While arguments are a waste of time, we love discussions! So, please feel free to drop in a comment on what you feel, and let’s get started!

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