Native vs Hybrid Mobile application development

Native vs Hybrid Development in Mobile Apps

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Native vs Hybrid Mobile application development

Native vs Hybrid Mobile application development

This topic will explains different techniques in mobile application development. Here I considered Popular SmartOS such as Android, iOS, Windows Phone because of their popularities

Techniques in Mobile Development

  1. Native Development
  2. Hybrid Development


Native Development

Required Skills for Native Development

  • JAVA for Android
  • Objective-C / Swift for iOS
  • .NET for Windows Phone

Benefits of Native Development

  • There is no limitation for access mobile features using native development
  • Faster compared to hybrid development

Limitations of Native Development

  • It takes more time to learn (being an expert takes minimum of 3 months)
  • You can develop only one platform, (E.g, if you learn android, you can develop only for android)
  • High development cost

Hybrid Development using Phonegap

Required Skills

  • HTML and JavaScript for Android, iOS, Windows, BlackBerry, Firefox OS, Ubuntu Mobile and more


  • Single Code base for all platforms
  • Cheap development cost
  • Easy to learn & Quick to develop all platforms


    • limitations in UI Design (can be resolved using UI framework like Ionic / OnSen UI


Who is the Winner ? Native vs Hybrid


Before Choosing the best platform Ask the following questions yourself, you may get good result

When you’ve to Choose Native development ?

  • Are you going to develop Games ?
  • Are you going to develop high data oriented application like Facebook (E.g millions of request / seconds )
  • Do you’ve big budget for developing an applications?

Then Choose Native development


When you’ve to Choose Hybrid development ?

  • Do you need an app immediately (E.g within a week) ?
  • Do you have low budget ?
  • Do you want to build an application for all platforms like android, iOS, Windows ?


My Suggestion is Hybrid development, because you can develop your business very fast with cheap development cost.

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  • Piyush Dangre

    Thanks Phonegappro!

  • Billy Watsikenyere

    Which is the best option between native and hybrid
    I have a prepopulated sqlite database with about 10k rows of questions and answers for an offline test for students
    If l build using phonegap will l need to regularly update app is my biggest worry and how frequent should l update

    • It’s based on your requirements.

      Answer for your question: Yes, Hybrid is suitable (use PouchDB-CouchDB) as DB instead of SQLite

      • Billy Watsikenyere

        thanks man

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