Mobile Application Development
This section contains articles related to Mobile Hybrid Applications Development using frameworks such as Apache Cordova, Ionic Framework, and React Native.
Advantage & Disadvantage of Native vs Hybrid Application
Native App Definition
- Built for a specific operating system and can be accessed only from the dedicated app store Android apps can only be accessed by Android users and is developed using Java, Windows, C++ etc.
- iOS apps are developed with XCode on MacOS and use Objective-C or Swift as a programming language
- Development costs and effort are higher
Hybrid App Definition
- Uses Native Device's Browser container to contain HTML5 app
- Developing hybrid app is consistent, cross platform UI
Development Cost and Time
Hybrid apps take least amount of time & money to develop compared to native app. One code for both platforms.
Native apps provide the best user experience in terms of coherent look & feel to the device's specific. Better performance for Native App compared to Hybrid App
Ionic Framework is a CSS framework that allows you to style your screens to look mobile friendly, essentially acting as bootstrap but for mobile apps while developing using web technologies.
Flutter is a cross platform mobile development framework from Google. It can be used to create both iOS and Android apps with ease. It uses Dart as its primary language. Its hot reload feature helps in speeding up the overall development process. Flutter produces real native apps as in the case of React Native as opposed to Cordova and Ionic, which produce hybrid apps.
Xamarin is a cross platform mobile development framework from Microsoft. It allows you to develop on a PC or a MAC using a C# codebase. You can create Native iOS Apps, Native Android Apps, and Native Windows Phone Apps. You can use either Visual Studio or Xamarin Studio as the IDE to develop using Xamarin.