Native, web and hybrid apps
Smartphones, tablets and phablets play an important role in everyday life of modern society. With their help people become able to have an access to the Internet wherever they are (if there is a connection in that place, of course). So, there is no need to carry the laptop all the time anymore. That is why most of modern brands prefer to have a mobile app.
There are three kinds of applications: native, web and hybrid apps. Let’s consider all of them.
First of all, native apps. Native apps are applications you may download from a store and install on your device. These applications usually are developed specially for platform of your device (e.g. iOS or Android). Native apps are fast and responsive, they can provide user with easy tapping into device features such as microphone, accelerator, camera and so on. Native applications can be divided into two types: those, which need the Internet connection and those, which can work offline.
Web apps, unlike the native apps, don’t need to be downloaded. You can get an access to the web application via the web browser. Then what is the difference between website and web app? Websites mostly just provide you with the information while web apps have additional functionality. For example, Wikipedia is website while Facebook is web application (if you use it via browser, not via native app). The advantage of web apps is that they don’t need to take up any memory on users’ devices.
Hybrid apps are the mix of native and web applications. You need to install hybrid apps just like native applications, but they will look like web apps on the inside. Hybrid apps are usually run in Webview (simplified version of web browser in your app). However, they still provide the access to the device features like native apps do.
And finally, the main question: which kind of applications should be used?
Of course, native apps are the ideal solution for mobile applications development because they are the fastest and can provide users with the most reliable experience. The disadvantage is that they cost more than any other apps and developers will need more time for native apps realization. So, native apps are worth of creating if you are sure that they’ll be widely used, otherwise, you’ll waste your money.
Hybrid apps are cheaper, but they don’t have all the functionality which native apps have. However, they are a great solution if you need to check whether your application will reach popularity among users.
Web applications are worth to be created anyway because some people don’t like to install any apps on their devices. They prefer to use web browsers, so, you should provide them with such ability.