Native or Hybrid: A Guide to Decide Which Way to Go with Your Mobile App


Better support for iOS app development:

Google Play is on pace to have more downloads than Apple’s App Store, a continuing trend from 2020. To help close this gap, Apple offers UI libraries and a wealth of other resources to make launching native apps easier on iPhones than on Android. Companies that choose to launch native applications on both iOS and Android may go to market on iOS first for this reason.

Hybrid apps' functionality on Android and iOS:

There will be small distinctions between hybrid and native apps, since a hybrid app is the web app shown from a native framework. Native apps do cut out this middle step, but that difference goes unnoticed by most users. Your hybrid app will work on Android and iOS without any trouble, and it will offer nearly all the same features as a native app.

Phone/tablet layouts on native apps can be time intensive:

Because you usually have to develop layouts for phone and tablet screen sizes individually, this can be time-consuming. There are aspects of it that you can speed up with CSS media queries, that’s true. But your staff will have to start over on new operating systems, since the proprietary development tools make any finished work non-transferable between each OS.

Native apps are very self-contained:

Since these apps are OS-specific, there’s very little overlap between their requirements and others in the industry. Your development team probably doesn’t have the applicable knowledge to keep this job in-house. That gives you a few options: recruiting and hiring for the project, getting qualified experts faster with staff augmentation, or using software outsourcing to create a reliable product through an external team.

What it comes down to is looking at your vision for this mobile app and figuring out which resources you need to bring it to life. If you decide the feature-heavy benefits of native apps are worth the investment, you can augment your staff with a specialized mobile developer or outsource the project to an experienced team. If your priority is to launch as soon as possible, hybrid apps have a faster time to market while delivering a high-quality product. Keep the project moving quickly by giving it to an outsourced development team or supplementing your in-house staff with software developers.

Building Mobile Apps with a Development Team

You know what you want your app to accomplish, and now you know how to get the resources and personnel you need to make that a reality. Now it’s time to choose which platforms you plan to go to market on (or the native wrapper you want for your hybrid app). Look over these summaries below to help you decide on the best platform for your project.

iOS App Development

The Apple App Store guidelines should be kept as a priority during development. Any time spent with your app unlisted in the App Store is time you can’t make money, and who wants that? That’s why their guidelines should be your foundation for a truly successful iOS app. Your mobile developers should also focus on delivering best-in-class performance that makes the most of every functionality your Apple app can provide. Any in-app purchases should be easy to complete, of course, but you also want to use machine learning to keep your app on the cutting edge for tech-loving iPhone users.

Android App Development 

For Google Play Store apps especially, you’ll need world-class expertise on your team. They have a large market share, and as we mentioned before, it’s only expected to grow. Incorporating Google Cloud technologies to their best effect will set your app apart in a competitive industry. Android users also tend to have more technical know-how. Using the latest technologies will appeal to them, no matter what your app is ultimately for. Allowing Google Pay for in-app purchases makes users feel more secure when ordering on the app, and it’s convenient for them too.

Hybrid App Development 

React Native

  • This open-source platform offers a comprehensive approach, giving you a product that works in all operating systems. One team, one development cycle, and you’re finished! React Native is an industry-trusted framework that speeds up your time to market without sacrificing quality and essential native features. It’s especially effective at recreating the streamlined load times and responsiveness of native apps, all with the faster and more cost-effective hybrid development process.


  • Also open source, this toolkit from Google makes it easier to have a multiplatform application that includes native attributes and functions. Hybrid apps developed through Flutter perform exceptionally on Android, iOS, Linux, and Windows. Its unique cross-platform app development approach lets UI and layout code be shared, which helps it adapt and combine with other integrated development environments (IDEs) or editors for native apps. You still save on development time and costs while keeping an eye on UX for an easy-to-use hybrid app.

Igniting the Mobile App Development Process

Mobile app development is highly specialized and calls for a lot of skill sets, so empowering your team for success is the most important step. Access mobile development support whenever you need it with Devsu’s software outsourcing services and staff augmentation options.

The sooner you can go to market, the sooner your app can be there for your users whenever they need it. Help develop a pre-tested, high-quality mobile app faster with vetted tech talent! Augmented staff integrates with your team, or you can connect with a fully equipped outsourced team that meets with your business on a regular basis.

Devsu has mobile development professionals with expertise in iOS, Android, React Native, and Flutter. Our network of experienced, multidisciplinary candidates will help realize your mobile app development goals. Beyond that, we have the capacity to support your company after you’ve gone to launch too. Whatever suits your project plan better, you can adjust our services to meet your needs with in-house-like staff. Get in touch with us today to kickstart your development!


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