Should I build a Hybrid or a Native App?
Vancouver's App Creators explain the basics about native vs hybrid app development, and SDKs. Essential Designs is an application and custom software development company headquartered in Vancouver, with offices in Toronto and Calgary.
Essential Designs Team
July 16, 2018
The app development process for both native and hybrid mobile applications is changing rapidly with the implementation of software development kits (SDKs). What is Native App Development? What is Hybrid App Development? What are SDKs? Read on to learn the basics from Vancouver's App Creators at Essential Designs.
What is Native App Development?
Native mobile application development creates one app tailored to Android systems and one app tailored to IOS systems, using two different “native” coding languages. As each code is uniquely designed for each program, native apps provide the fastest and most responsive experience to the user. They also enable access to underlying phone functions - camera, location, internet, etc. Native apps are launched from the home screen and do not require “container apps” to run them. Container apps, or application containerization, are used to run apps without launching the entire operating system. Applications that require container apps, require more development time.
Pros of Native App Development:
- Native apps are custom tailored to IOS and Android systems which make them more efficient and easier to use. The apps’ interface and navigation, in both systems, is easy to understand.
- Native apps can access underlying operating functions (camera, GPS, notifications, etc.).
- Native apps are accessible through app stores such as Google Play, on Android devices, and Apple App Store, on Apple/IOS devices.
- Native apps don’t necessarily need internet connection to function.
What is Hybrid App Development?
Pros of Hybrid App Development:
- Hybrid apps costs less than native apps.
- Hybrid apps use one code across multiple platforms in which one version of the app will run on a variety of devices.
- Hybrid apps use simple APIs which cut down on development time.
- Hybrid apps don’t need to be updated through app stores. Minor changes can be updated on a page which is loaded from the server and users will instantly see it.
What are SDKs?
A software development kit (SDK) contains software development tools that allow app creators to develop for a specific platform or operating system. SDKs allow developers to write a single code for multiple platforms; cutting down development time.
SDKs For Hybrid App Development - Ionic is an open-source SDK for hybrid app development. Ionic is a hybrid software development kit that allows for customization with IOS and Android systems. Ionic, released in 2013, uses Apache Cordova plugins to gain access to both Android and IOS operating system features (camera, GPS, flashlight, etc). This emulates native app development as it allows the developer to customize apps for Android and IOS.
SDKs For Native App Development - SDKs, such as Appcelerator Titanium, React Native, and Xamarin allow for native app creators to use a singular code across both Android and IOS platforms. SDKs for native app development cut down on developing time and improve app efficiency. The use of a singular code emulates the hybrid app development process.
React Native - React Native, developed by Facebook, is an SDK that helps developers reuse code across multiple web and mobile platforms including IOS and Android. Popular apps built with React Native include; Instagram, UberEats, and AirBnB. You can learn more about our React development here: https://www.essentialdesigns.net/services/react/XamarinSimilarly Xamarin, owned by Microsoft, is an SDK that uses C# to share codes across multiple platforms including IOS, Android, and Windows UWP. All native apps can be accessed by the C# codebase. Popular apps built with Xamarin include; Storyo, Just Giving, and The World Bank.
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