Native application and hybrid application: what are the differences?


With the growing demand for mobile phones, continuous launches of smartphones and improvements in internet plans, companies began to see a market becoming more heated and full of possibilities. So native applications, hybrids, and web apps have come up and, although they are present in our day to day, not everyone knows the main differences between them.

These differences can impact the way the business is developed, generating unnecessary high costs and even user experience, directly influencing the success or failure of the application. Want to understand the differences between the native application and the hybrid? Check it!

Native Application

Native applications are those developed directly for the device, using specific programming language for the operating system of the smartphone in question; Objective-C for IOs, Java for Android and C # (C Sharp) for Windows Phone.

As the development is done directly to the platform, it becomes possible to explore all available resources such as GPS, contact list, camera, calendar among other features that can further enhance the way the application interacts with the user.

Most mobile games are developed directly for your devices (learn about Brasil de Tuhu, a project that has the mission of expanding access to music in Brazil), mainly due to the need to use the resources of the devices. Because they use specific languages, they are fully optimized and fully functional.

Hybrid application

They are applications developed with technologies for web, like HTML5, CSS and JavaScript. These applications use frameworks such as Cordova, Phonegap and Sencha Touch, which convert them to be installed on devices, making it look like a native application.

Although these frameworks have functions that help create interactions with the device, some problems may occur, such as operating system updates that can change the way the device interacts with some of the available features.

Web App

Web apps are not exactly applications, they are actually web pages accessed through a browser with an interface designed to serve the mobile audience, but that does not mean that it is a responsive layout. Here you can not use most of the features of the device, because the application is running in a browser like Google Chrome, for example.

These applications are often accessed by an address other than the original one, such as or Some SEO experts justify this as being a bad practice if you use main site content by generating content duplicity.

Native, hybrid or web?

This is a very important issue when deciding how to handle a project. Many issues need to be addressed to answer this question as if the application will only be a view of a site content, whether the information can also be accessed offline, whether to use features of the smartphone.

Although hybrids seem like a good choice for lowering costs, native apps can offer a much more interesting user experience.

As the development is all done thinking about the operating system in which the application will be installed, it can work optimally, requiring only the resources that will be used, such as Ram memory, which is a huge problem in devices of lower cost than not Memory.

Having a company that specializes in the development of native applications is certainly a huge differential (here are 7 tips for choosing your company’s application developer), so your company can only worry about business logic.

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