HTML5, Native and Hybrid Apps, Which is Better?

HTML5, Native and Hybrid Apps, Which is Better?

As the mobile application development is emerging, the new platforms and technologies are emerging with it. There are several platforms on which mobile application developers can develop mobile applications and on the basis of that platforms, we can categorize the apps, for example Hybrid mobile apps, HTML5 mobile apps and Native mobile apps. These three apps platforms are very popular and most of apps are developed on these.

Now, the obvious question that arises is that which is the best pamong of this trios? Which platform should I use to develop a obile application. So let’s discuss and glance over at this trio as well as their pros and cons.


HTML5 Apps

When an application is developed with the help of Java Script code and HTML5 enabled browser then it is called an HTML5 application. It means that users can’t download your app from the app store to use HTML 5 app. Instead of downloading user will open the browser and navigate through the URL to access the app.

Pros of HTML5 apps

  • HTML 5 apps are platform independent, so you can access it on any platform, whether it is Android, iOS or Windows.
  • It doesn’t need to update HTML5 apps manually. HTML5 apps automatically update itself. When a user opens browser to access the app, then he will get the latest version of your app.
  • The cost of HTML5 application development is very low as compare to Native applications because there are simple technologies like Java Script and HTML5 are applied.
  • It takes a less time to develop an HTML5 app.
  • HTML5 apps are accessible through a browser. Hence, you don’t need to pay fees to any app store.
  • There is not any content restrictions in HTML5 apps, you can use whatever customer data you want.

Cons of HTML5 apps

  • There are several technical limitations with HTML5 apps. The UI options are also having limitations in HTML5.
  • An HTML5 app does not support to heavy graphics and device hardware. There are lots of limitations as well. It makes its performance poor.
  • HTML5 does not permit you to make money through direct app-sales and in-app purchase. This is one of the big disadvantage of HTML5 application.

Native Apps

When a mobile application is already installed into the device from its associated app store, then it is called Native apps. Native apps are generally platform dependent. For example, if an app is developed for an Android device, then it can work only on Android device not on any other device.

Pros of Native apps

  • The distribution of Native application is very simple and better as compared to HTML5 application. Native apps can be easily distributed through the relevant app store.
  • It is very easy for developers to create SDKs.
  • Monetization of native application is very easy because native apps are associated with their relevant app stores. Some features like one-click payment is very easy to apply.
  • The performance of native app is pretty well as compared to other apps.

Cons of Native apps

  • Native apps can reduce your profit money because the app store fee, which can be paid up to 30 percent.
  • The content guideline of the app store is very strict and for some specific category it may be a headache to submit the app in the app store.
  • To develop a native application is very time taking as compare to others because developers forced to develop separate apps for each platform.
  • Since to develop separate apps for each platform the cost increases and to develop a native app becomes very costly.

Hybrid Apps

If a mobile application is written with web technologies like, Java Script, HTML5 and CSS then it is known as Hybrid apps. Hybrid app is a combination of the elements of web applications and native apps. Hybrid apps are available in the app store like native apps. On the other hand like web apps; hybrid apps depend on HTML, coded into the browser. The browser is embedded within the developed hybrid application. Hybrid apps allow cross platform app development, it reduces the cost; that’s the reason Hybrid apps are popular as compare to others.

Pros of Hybrid apps

  • You can manage the purchases of hybrid app through app store only and it makes easy to track the record of the number of downloads.
  • Hybrid mobile app allows users to capitalize on the single codebase.
  • Supports Phone-gap features.

Cons of Hybrid apps

  • The performance of a Hybrid mobile app depends on the browser capabilities of the device.
  • Long process of app approval proceed by app store.

So, the picture is clear from the above details. Now if you are still confused that which category you should choose for your app, which you are going to develop then you should analyze that which type of app you are going to develop, what is the target audience of your app? What is the functionality of your app? And, all these types of facts. I hope this post will help you and make easy to decide choose a platform.

CDN Mobile Solutions provide HTML5 and cross platform app development services. We have successfully developed and are developing corss platform applications including HTML5 applications using PhoneGap, HTML websites and other cross platform apps using Titanium, Adobe Air Flex and Adobe Air Flash that are also available in app stores.

If you are still in confusion, then you can contact us, where our mobile application development experts will help you to achieve your goal.

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