Mobile application development (or mobile app development) is the development process of creating software applications for smart mobile devices; such as mobile phones, tablets, smartwatches, digital assistants, and others. However, unlike in traditional bespoke software development, mobile app development companies ensure that they integrate features that take full advantage of the additional features that smart devices offer (such as touch sensors, accelerometers, and more) - while offering increased compatibility with such devices.
Two main types of mobile apps are highly in demand to be developed by a mobile app development company, due to the popularity of the Android and Apple iOS operating systems.
This is the development of mobile applications that can be run on Apple iOS smart devices. They can be built by a variety of programming languages or supported by different frameworks. This also includes hybrid multi-device mobile applications developed supporting not only use on iOS but also Android and other systems (such as Microsoft OS)
The development of mobile applications that are made to use on any Google Android smart device. Many programming languages and frameworks are popular for such application development. The development of hybrid multi-device mobile applications supporting not only Android but also iOS and other systems is also included.
Native apps are mobile apps developed by mobile developers or mobile app development companies for only one specific device or platform maximizing all the features and uses of that operating system. What this means is separate mobile apps need to be built for each platform if built as a native app. As such only specific languages can be used to build these. Here are the most commonly used programming languages for Native apps.
Swift: More modern, fast, flexible, stable, easy-to-learn, and evolving, may have compatibility issues with older iOS versions
Objective-C: Mature, stable, complex, lacks growth and flexibility
Java: One of the official programming languages for Android, stable and secure, but has some performance drawbacks
Kotlin: Current official programming language for Android, fast, simple, accurate, flexible, secure and stable, may have compatibility issues with older Android versions
Dark: One of the newest programming languages. Fast, simple, easy to use, and one of the best game development tools.
Hybrid Apps are mobile applications where a mobile developer or mobile app development company creates a core program with web application programming languages supported by cross-platform mobile app development frameworks and then gives a lightweight native outer layer or shell using a Native runtime. They use a mobile WebView object as it displays actually web content through a native shell. Many major mobile apps such as Twitter, Uber, Gmail, and more are made as hybrid apps. As only the outer shell is native, they can quickly be adapted to any platform, though they may not be able to attain full use of a device/platform’s features.
Python, C#, PHP, and Ruby: While less used, can be used quite flexibly with newer developments
Flutter: Open-source framework built by Google, uses Dart language for its single code-based backend. Uses its own engine to customize widgets and allows the use of a large range of Google plugins.
Xamarin: An open-source .NET framework owned by Microsoft that uses C# as its base language.
Unlike with fulltime employees, you have the independence to reduce or increase your developers hired through staff augmentation as you scale your project up or down. However, hiring with staff augmentation also allows you the agility to make changes in the stated scope of your project unlike with a Fixed price project model.
Capacitor: Cross-platform runtime toolkit by Ionic which while having the same facilities as Cordova is more modern, has enterprise support, and more tools.
|Native Mobile Apps||Hybrid Mobile Apps|
|User Satisfaction||High due to native functionality||Can be high if well built, else medium|
|Workforce with required skillsets||More difficult to find. Multiple developers may be required for separate platforms as different skillsets||Easier to obtain. Individual developers can create a mobile app for all platforms|
|Speed of Development||Slow as separate native apps have to be built for each platform, can be made faster with simultaneous development at the sacrifice of cost||Quicker as only one app needs to be built|
|Development Cost||High||Medium to low|
|Code||Used for a single device only||Reusable across multiple platforms|
|User Interface||Fully interactive giving a better user experience||Restricted capabilities as not all native features can be exploited|
|Performance and Transition speed||Faster as code directly interacts with mobile platform||Slower as the code has to be translated through the runtime environment before interacting with the platform|
|Browser Speed||Does not affect native mobile apps||Limited by browser speed as it uses WebView|
|App Store Limitations||May take longer to deploy updates on Apple App Store as the native code will change||No need to resubmit in Apple App Store as the native shell’s code doesn’t change|
All in all, there is no exact right or wrong between native and hybrid mobile apps. Whether you should develop a native or hybrid app is your specific needs and wants. Speak about your specific requirements with your chosen mobile app development company to correctly identify if a native or hybrid app is most suitable for you.
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We are a custom offshore mobile app development company with over 10 years of experience. As such we are able to provide accurate advice and great coding.
Our developers use DevOps and Scrum combinations for Agile development ensuring that you have visible output in record time.
The developers in our teams are multi-skilled in many programming languages, development frameworks, and other technical skills. They are armed with high levels of experience in many mobile app development projects. This will help reduce the cost of hiring different developers for different skill sets.
Due to our high sensitivity to modern technology and progressiveness in the face of change, we are able to offer the best mobile app development technologies in the markets as and when you require them.
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