Decision Guide: Native vs Hybrid Mobile App Development

Native vs Hybrid – Find out what is right for you

Gartner predicts that by the end of 2017, “market demand for mobile app development services will grow at least five times faster than internal IT organizations’ capacity to deliver them”. It also forecasts mobile phone sales will reach 2.1 billion units by 2019, which will fuel demand for apps in the enterprise that meet the high performance and usability of consumer apps. Meanwhile, the erstwhile fragmented mobile phone OS market has consolidated into two major players – Android and iOS. Each OS has its own set of guidelines and best practices to deliver applications. Add to that the complexity of independent coding languages. But does that mean that enterprises have to hire mobile developers for each platform?

Before committing to mobile application delivery, the key stakeholders would do well to understand the different options to deliver applications on mobile – Native and Hybrid. A Native app is a smartphone application developed specifically for a mobile operating system (think Objective-C or Swift for iOS vs. Java for Android). Hybrid applications are, at core, websites packaged into a native wrapper. a hybrid app is a web app built using HTML5 and JavaScript, wrapped in a native container. Use the interactive decision guide on the right to choose the right approach for your mobile app.