A lot of options emerged when it comes to developing android application. Back in the day, there was only Native Android Development. But now you have other options such as Ionic, React Native, Flutter, etc. In this article I’m gonna help you pick out the best option for you.
Firstly, what is the difference? Well, in short, Hybrid apps relay mainly on the web, and have packages that facilitate “talking to native packages” such as the device camera, whereas, Native Development Methods don’t use the web. They’re native and use Android SDK.
Let me dive into a comparison that will help you pick up the best option:
When it comes to developing Android apps it’s important to carefully know how long is it going to take to get the into the marketplace. With Hybrid apps it’s super simple to create a complete app within a very short period of time. For example, by using Ionic Framework you can create an app like Instagram easily, whilst, if you were to build the same app using native development, it would take more time.
2. Maintenance & cost
After you publish your android app in Google Play store you might think that it’s over and you would not need to maintain the code and add more features. If you think so, then you’re mistaken. Back in the day people’s expectations where low when it came to Mobile Apps, but now as competition grew exponentially among developers, people expect apps to do more than just what they intent to do. Take Facebook as an example. Facebook App doesn’t just connect people together. It now has so many features. You can check it out now by yourself.
Therefore, you would have to regularly fix bugs and add features to your app. If you’re using Hybrid development such as Ionic Framework, then you would have to work on your code in one project. However, if you’re using native development, then you would have to work on two different projects: the first is the Java code and the second is Swift code.
Hence, working on different projects means more time spent and more money spent in case you have a team.
3. Performance & Speed
These days people’s expectations are high than never before. The reason for this is because the competition is high, which made developers improve there code to the maximum.
But what does that have to do with the performance? Well, since the competition is high, if your app failed for any reason, people would simple uninstall your android app and install somebody else’s app. Hence, the importance of having great performance and making sure your app is super-fast cannot be ignored.
Hybrid apps relay on the web which make then relatively slower than there native counterparts. Even though there has been a lot of improvement in Hybrid frameworks such as Ionic Framework, the speed is still an issue. This is why many companies, especially big companies, use native development.
4. User experience & User interface
Finally, I’m going give you the golden rule that I set to myself from my years of experience working on both of them.
- If your app is not unique then you for Native Development.
- If you don’t have too many customers, then pick Ionic Framework.
- If your app is such a supplementary product and you rely on your website more then pick ionic framework.
- If you plan on a big project then pick Native development.
- If you don’t have time, recourses and team then pick Ionic Framework.
So whenever I start thinking about a new project I follow the above-mentioned rules and I pick accordingly. If you want to learn how to create a complete Instagram Android App using Ionic Framework, you can enroll in my course “Create Instgarm-Like Android app using Ionic”, where I teach you step by step how to develop a complete Instagram app and take your career to the next level.