How to decide between native and hybrid mobile app development technologies?

Businesses, which want to go mobile, are confused between choosing native and hybrid mobile application development technologies. Because the debate that which one of these two technologies is best, haven’t calmed down yet, it’s really a matter of being confused that which technology should businesses go with for their mobile app development project.

There are tons of “How to hire a mobile application development company” guides available online but only a few of them can tell you that which technology is the best for your mobile app requirements and then what type of development firm you should go with. This is also one of them providing you the best of the information.

Let us come to back to the title “How to decide between native and hybrid mobile application development technologies”. Going with one among native, hybrid and mobile web is a bit difficult decision. Different developer advocates different technology. But experts know that all three should be used as per the stage the project is in.

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Many companies come with such brand-news ideas which have never been tested in real-life market conditions. They take proper time to validate the feasibility of these ideas through the proof of concept. In this case, the approach of implementing a venture is supposed to be rather different. Companies want to implement their idea quickly and do not mind if things are not aesthetically perfect. All they want is feedback from users or market. In this phase, a web application development based on HTML5 and JavaScript can offer the best of the opportunities to establish proof of a concept. Building a mobile web app is faster, requires less investment and can be concluded generally by web developers who have HTML5, CSS and JavaScript-coding skills. You can rapidly offer your potential users to test the whole app idea before actually making it available.

Deployment of such apps is as similar as deployment of web pages. The only difference is that these web pages or apps are optimized for the mobile device screens.

Once you have  feedback that came to you through a proof of concept web-app, it is time you moved to hybrid mobile application development technology. With a hybrid app, you will be able to target iOS and Android only with single code. You can also make your app available multiple platforms just by porting the code. The best of features of a hybrid application is that it is written using HTML5, JavaScript and CSS and accessed via a tiny native container that is developed separately for separate platform.

Once you have footing in market with your hybrid app, and users have begun to recognize and recommend you, it is the right time to go native. At this state, you will have a complete app that people like and want to use. Moving towards native technology will open you to directly access to hardware and UI components which are not supported in a web based mobile app or in a Hybrid app.

Maybe, approaches shared above sound crazy but they will help you save yourself from any sort of disaster that you can phase because of directly introducing such apps to app stores which have been never experienced by users. Going step-by-step will help you strongly position your product with no or less chances to of being rejected.

And going through the above said approach will not be new move at all. Facebook did it when the company launched its mobile platform. In early days, Facebook was visited with touch.facebook.com. They soon learned a lot of differences between the ways of using Facebook on desktops and mobile devices. The same differences prepared Facebook’s developers to deliver even greater presence on mobile devices.

Soon Facebook came with a hybrid application that the company made available on AppStore and Google Play. Facebook had a hybrid mobile app for more than four years. With a hybrid app and tiny platform-specific containers, Facebook would have of course saved a lot of cost. They were able to use single code for multiple platforms.

And then Facebook switched to native technology and implemented an excellent application, which was based on the experiences the company earned through implementing mobile web app, and then switching to hybrid app. LinkedIn also did exactly the same.

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