At Yapiko we recommend that before starting to develop an app you review the different types of mobile applications that exist.

If you learn the difference between native and hybrid types of mobile apps, it will be easier for you to decide which one is best suited for your purpose, and therefore which one is right for you. In addition, you should also consider webapps, which can meet your company’s needs, even if they are not mobile applications per se.

Mobile applications are classified into native applications and hybrid applications. Depending on the needs of your business or product, it will be advisable to opt for one type of application or for a web application that is properly adapted to work on mobile devices.

Native applications

Native applications are applications that are created specifically for a particular mobile operating system. Furthermore, they are developed in the specific language of that mobile operating system. For example, Swift (or the older Objective-C) is used for developing native IOS applications, and Kotlin/Java for native Android applications.

The most popular operating systems for which native applications are created are iOS and Android. This is because as of 2018, Android began to control around 88% of the mobile device market worldwide, with Apple owning most of the rest.

Normally, opting for native apps forces you to multiply the work when developing a cross-platform app, as each operating system requires a different app, which increases the time and cost of the work.

But at Yapiko, we work with cutting-edge technology that allows us to develop and distribute native applications with support for both platforms. That is, we do not need to make multiple parallel developments for each operating system.

Advantages of native apps

You should know that most of the applications you know are native and that is because of the many advantages they offer over other types of applications:

Fast and responsive

Native applications offer a faster, more reliable and responsive user experience. At Yapiko we work with React Native technology, currently the most used by mobile application developers, which offers the possibility of creating native applications with a non-native language, in this case, JavaScript.

Easy access to broader functionality

Native applications, thanks to their direct integration with the mobile operating system, allow an easy and direct connection to the mobile’s functionalities, such as the camera, sensors, GPS, gallery, etc.

Increased performance

One of the best advantages we have when using native applications is that thanks to the elimination of intermediate layers that are compiling and transforming components, mobile applications are much lighter, faster, less likely to fail and visually fluid.

Cons of native apps

Native applications have almost no disadvantages, and for Yapiko, the most important one is not a problem.

More than one code base

As a general rule, when talking about native apps, it is stated that one of the biggest disadvantages is that iOS apps do not run on Android and vice versa, so you would have to work with different code bases for each platform being developed.

However, at Yapiko we develop custom apps with React Native, which allows us to create a single app that is valid for both Android and iOS. Moreover, thanks to the fact that this technology shares most of the code with React (web), it is much easier to migrate these applications to web format.

Costs

Taking into account that, on many occasions, when we talk about native applications, we are talking about developing different applications based on the operating system with which they work, native apps could be considered more expensive because it would be necessary to hire different developers, specialised in native languages, and to carry out several developments.

However, this is not always the case As mentioned above, at Yapiko we work with React, which is valid for both Android and iOS, so you will have the advantages of native applications, without the disadvantages of cost and time of developing them.

Hybrid Applications

Hybrid applications are those that use technologies similar to those that can be used in a web app, such as HTML, CSS or JavaScript, but run as if they were a normal mobile application.

In a simple way, we could say that hybrid applications are web applications that instead of being displayed in a browser, are inserted in a container created for the platform to which the mobile device belongs, generally iOS or Android.

The objective of this type of hybrid applications is normally to create a simple version of an application to find out what response it will get from users. Or in other cases, you can even have a web version of an application that is subsequently adapted to the mobile to expand the market and this is done using hybrid technology, as it would be a faster adaptation than a native one.

Advantages of hybrid apps

Fast development

The main advantage of hybrid applications is that they are quick to develop and facilitate access to different platforms with much less effort. As they are built by making adjustments so that they can run on both platforms, only one code base needs to be managed.

Cons

Lower performance

Lower performance is probably the biggest disadvantage of hybrid applications, as hybrid applications are loaded in a browser-like component called a web view, and their performance is not as good as native performance. In addition, this extra layer between the native modules of the mobile device and what we see is an extra cost of information transfer, which then affects the performance and fluidity of the application, something that can be serious in applications with great functionality or content.

The cross-platform

To run correctly on all platforms, it requires an extra effort in complex and complete applications, which imply a greater interaction with the device, which translates into a higher economic cost.

Web applications

Web applications are those accessed through a web browser. Web applications are considered to be those that offer a certain functionality to users, as opposed to websites that have a purely informative content.

They are designed to run on the vast majority of current web browsers and are therefore programmed independently of the operating system.

Progressive web apps

Within web applications, we distinguish PWAs, which are progressive web apps. In other words, they are web applications that are installed on mobile devices and that allow their functionalities to be used. They are like a hybrid between web applications and native applications.

PWAs are not as flexible and powerful as a native application, but they allow web apps to be developed and installed on mobile devices.

Advantages

Non-downloadable

The main feature of a web application is that they do not need to be downloaded as native applications do. Web apps load in browsers such as Google Chrome or Safari, and this means that they do not take up memory or storage on the user’s device.

Simple development

Normally, these types of applications are developed with widely used technology such as Javascript or Python (or PHP, but increasingly out of use), in addition to the traditionally known HTML or CSS.

They are programming languages with a low learning curve that allows simple websites to be developed in a short time and at a low cost (complicating what is necessary in the case of needing a more complex or complete website).

They are more economical

The economic outlay for making a web application is less than for making a native application, since normally, mobile development involves a series of work associated with the maintenance of the application itself, the construction, packaging, the management of the Stores, and working with more complex technology.

Cons

The biggest drawback of web applications is that access to certain features of the mobile device is restricted. In addition, in order to use these web applications, you must always have an internet connection.

To alleviate this disadvantage, PWAs are more effective, as they are no longer dependent on the connection, the limitations of the browser and whether you have access to certain features of the device. We remind you that at Yapiko we use React technology that allows us to design them.

Are you interested in developing a mobile application?

At Yapiko we are at your complete disposal to help you develop the mobile application you need.

We adapt to your needs and requirements to design the application you need. In addition, at Yapiko we use React Native technology, created by Facebook, to be able to build complex mobile applications in a short period of time.

This is a cutting-edge technology that allows us to develop and distribute native applications with support for both iOS and Android platforms, so you don’t need to make multiple parallel developments.

Contact us if you have any questions and in a short period of time our specialists will attend you to solve them. Ask for a quote without any obligation.