What is a Native Application?
A native application is a software / program which performs some specific task on a particular platform. A native application is built using software development tools (SDK) for a certain software framework, hardware platform or operating system. For example, a native Android app is built using Java Development Kit on a Java platform, a native iOS app is built using iOS SDK, Swift and Objective C. Similarly, .NET is required for a Windows platform.
- Native apps are very fast and responsive because they are built for that specific platform
- They have the best performance
- They are distributed in app stores
- Native allows developers to access the full feature set of their given platform with whatever performance optimizations the native system has
- Internet connection is not required, although it depends on the functionality
- Overall better user experience. To the user, the flow is more natural as they have specific UI standards for each platform
- Difficult languages to learn which means you need experienced developers
- More expensive
- Not the best option (overkill) for very simple apps
What is a Hybrid Application?
10 best frameworks for mobile hybrid apps:
- React Native
- Intel SDK
- Appcelerator Titanium
- Mobile Angular UI
- Onsen UI
- Cheaper than a native app
- One app for all platforms using technology like Cordova
- No browser needed as opposed to a web app
- Have access to the device’s internal APIs, can access storage, camera, etc.
- Faster to develop than native apps because you have a single code base.
- Slower than native apps
- More expensive than standard web apps because you have to work with the wrapper. Essentially you’re dependent on a third party platform
- Less interactive than native apps
- Some advanced customization requirements will take you away from the hybrid model, in which you may as well go native
What is Flutter?
Flutter is Google’s modern development kit designed to build mobile apps for Android, iOS, and Google Fuchsia, a new platform that’s being developed by Google.
- Hot Reload
- Perfect for MVP (minimum viable product)
- Cross Platform Development (Single Codebase)
- Less Code
- Faster Development
- Readily available widgets
- Official support, as it is backed by Google.
- Access to Native Features
- Easy to Set Up
- The APK/IPA of a Flutter app will almost always be considerably larger than that of a native app.
- Currently, Flutter doesn’t have a WebView widget. So, you can’t embed a WebView in your app’s view hierarchy.
- It doesn’t have a graphic UI editor like the design editor in Android Studio or Storyboard editor in Xcode.