Difference Between Native App and Hybrid App Development

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Difference Between Native App and Hybrid App Development

In order to choose between hybrid mobile app development and native app development you need to keep in mind your requirements and then take the decision accordingly. In this article, a difference between two has been explained so that you can choose the appropriate one easily.

Hybrid App

HTML, CSS, and JavaScript programming languages are used for developing hybridapp and codebase is same for all platforms.

This app runs in a WebView. Cordova/PhoneGap is used in hybrid app so that the users can install it on their mobile phones.

In the case of hybrid app, only one code is compiled for all platforms. This app has the ability to run on iOS, Android, Windows, and Web. Plugins can be used for having communication with other apps on mobile devices such as Facebook, Twitter etc. Plugins allow getting native functionality.

Frameworks can also be used for this mobile application development such as Ionic, which is written in Angular, or OnsenUI, which is written in VueJS.

For example, Microsoft has used Ionic for developing the Microsoft Flow app. Some other popular apps built with Ionic are Sworkit, Untappd, Pacifica, etc.


  • It is easier to build as HTML/ CSS/ Javascript are used
  • More cost effective than a native app
  • Single app for different operating systems using technology like Cordova
  • Have the ability to access storage, camera etc and can also access to the device’s internal APIs
  • It has a single code base so it is faster to built as compared to native app


  • More Slow than native apps
  • In this you have to work with the wrapper so you have to be dependent on a third-party platform hence it is more expensive than web apps.
  • Less interactive as compared to native apps
  • If you customize the app, you will move away from hybrid model. There are chances of going native also.

Native App

Java or Kotlin for Android and Swift or Objective-C for iOS is used when developing a native app. So this means that two separate applications are developed for two different platforms. Each platform requires different programming language and design controls so native apps should be written more than one times depending on the operating systems used.


  • These apps are faster than hybrid apps because these are built for a specific platform.
  • They have a better performance than hybrid
  • Native apps are distributed in app stores
  • They are more user friendly and interactive
  • Internet connection is not needed for running these apps but it also depends on functionality of app
  • It has a better user experience. They have specific UI standards for all operating systems so the flow is more natural.


  • The languages are not easy to learn so experienced developers are required
  • More expensive than hybrid app
  • It is not a good choice for very simple apps

So, these are the major differences between two applications. Now, keeping in mind these differences, you can pick up the appropriate one that meets your needs. If you have any question related to this article, please let us know in the comment section below:

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