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What is the difference between a Native, Hybrid, and Web app?

Reading Time 3 minutes Building an app can be done in various ways. You have three types of applications: 1. Native applications 2. Web applications 3. Hybrid applications Which option is best for you depends on various factors. The biggest factors are the budget and the target group for which the app must be made. Below is discussed what […]

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Wat is het verschil tussen een Native-, Hybride-, en Web app?

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Building an app can be done in various ways. You have three types of applications:

1. Native applications
2. Web applications
3. Hybrid applications

Which option is best for you depends on various factors. The biggest factors are the budget and the target group for which the app must be made. Below is discussed what the difference is between the three types and which app is the best solution when.

Native app
A native app is developed separately for each operating system. A separate app must therefore be developed for IOS (Iphone) and Android. This can be downloaded via the App store or Google Play store.

Example Native app
The most famous example is Whatsapp. You can see it well in the image below. The design of the Android version is different from the design of the IOS version. An own application has been developed for both systems. This ensures that the application perfectly speaks the “language” of the phone on which it is used. This ensures that Native applications are faster and more user-friendly than, for example, a Hybrid app.

 

Example Native Application Whatsapp.

Benefits Native app
– High speed of the app
– No internet connection required
– Maximum use of functionalities such as camera and microphone
– High user-friendliness

Cons Native app
– An app must be developed for each system, so more development costs.
– For each system there are maintenance costs / updating updates etc.
– Approval is required from the App store and Google Play store

 

Web app
A web application is actually more a website than an application. You do not have to install the app on your phone via one of the app stores, but the web app can be found in your internet browser.

Example Web app
An example of a web app is the mobile website of Facebook: m.facebook.com. To use Facebook on your mobile without having downloaded the application, you can use the web app. Of course you can also download the Native app from Facebook. If you place both apps side by side and start using them, you will soon experience the differences between a Web app and a Native app.

Beep Roger shows a clear example of the differences, see the image below.

 

The difference between the Web app and the Native app from Facebook.

Benefits Web app
– Cheaper to develop
– Easy to maintain
– Adjustments are immediately visible
– No access to App stores

Cons Web app
– Only user with internet connection
– Limited use of functionalities such as camera and microphone
– You cannot save data
– Low user-friendliness

Hybrid app
A hybrid application is the combination between a Web app and a Native app. The basis of a Hybrid app is a Web app, which is then made available for both IOS and Android. You must also download a Hybrid app from the app stores. Initially, the Hybrid app is very similar to a Native app, but what is actually loaded is the browser and displayed as an Application.

Benefits Hybrid app
– Average development costs
– Suitable for apps with simple / few functionalities
– You can flexibly keep the app up-to-date

Cons Hybrid app
– Hybrid can be a reason for rejection in the App stores
– Two environments must be maintained and therefore also paid
– Not recommended for complex apps

Associated costs
Because every application is tailor-made, it is very difficult to give a price indication in advance. Of course, the app type (Web, Hybrid or Native) has its own price tag, but this is compiled based on the functionality of the app in combination with the design of the app.

In 99 out of 100 cases, a Native app is more expensive than a Hybrid app and a Hybrid app is more expensive than a Web app.

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