When developing a new mobile application, we often have to decide which technology to use. Native, hybrid, or web app, what are their differences and how can we make the best choice according to our needs? Here are the options for the best technology for mobile app development.
Native mobile applications are developed for a specific platform. An application developed in Swift for iOS will therefore not be able to work on Android; a new one will have to be developed.
Native development directly uses the device’s native interface components, so this is the best solution if your application demands a lot of performance. Also, it offers an optimal user experience and can access all the APIs and resources offered by the phone. The main disadvantage of native development is that you often have to develop 2 versions of the application Android & iOS, which implies development complexity and higher costs.
The web apps or web applications are developed responsively, to work both on the phone and on the desktop. They are therefore accessible from a web browser. Web Apps can be improved by adding features according to our needs; this is the principle of PWAs. We can for example add an offline operation, the possibility of installing it on the phone, or the addition of push notification.
The main disadvantage of web apps is that they are dependent on the functionality of the phone’s browser. They cannot, therefore, access all the APIs resources offered by the phone. Another important point is they are primarily web applications they are not distributed on the App Store, but they are accessible from the web like any other website.
React Native is a cross-platform framework created by Facebook using web technologies. Unlike hybrid application frameworks, React Native does not use the Web View system; it directly manipulates the native interface components of the phone. This advantage makes it possible to offer user experience and performance close to native development.
React native also offers the possibility of integrating native code into its application, which makes it possible to increase performance or access very specific resources of the phone.
Although this meeting of experts was the first of this kind in a series of many meetings, numerous starting points have emerged that we often encounter in practice.
Responsive design is a common challenge in mobile development. Because of the wide variety of screens, it should be noted that all UI elements are displayed on different screen sizes. The large number of mobile devices and their predecessors should be considered. A clear demarcation of which devices should not be included gives a clear picture of the challenge posed for the development. There can be a huge difference in the nature of the application, the size, and the number of features required.
Mobile development has become an integral part of the development landscape. The proportion of mobile use of software applications is constantly increasing. A good strategic choice to start with can make a significant contribution to the targeted and efficient development of your software.