Every day we use so many Apps (Applications) on our mobile devices for various purposes. Generally we classify these apps into three different categories like Native, Hybrid and Web. Reading this blog content will help you to understand and differentiate these apps.
These days we see the mobile devices mainly running on Android, iOS or Windows 10. These are known as operating systems or platforms. Native apps are developed to target one specific platform like Android, iOS or Windows. Hybrid apps are developed to target multiple platforms whereas web apps are mobile-optimized web pages that look like an app.
Native apps are built for a specific operating system. A native app developed for iOS operating system won’t work on Android devices and vice-versa. If an app is developed for iOS, it will remain exclusive to that operating system. If at all the app has to support Android version, new app has to be built again for Android operating system. Softwares’ used to develop native apps generally would be Objective-C or Swift for iOS, Java and ADT for Android operating system and .NET(C#) for Windows operating system.
|Distribute||Apple iTunes, Google Play store, Windows App store, Amazon App Store||Web|
|Performance||Good||Average||Good in PC’s and Average in mobile browser|
|Good for||Games or consumer-focused apps where performance, graphics and overall user experience are more important||Apps that do not have high performance requirements, but need full device access||Apps that do not have high performance requirements, and do not need push notifications or access to device hardware/functionality|