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Native vs hybrid app: What do I need?

Maybe you’ve heard the terms native app and hybrid app, but you have no idea what the difference is. Mtea is at home in both apps. We are therefore happy to indicate where the differences lie and what the properties and advantages are of both variants.

There are three types of apps

  1. Native app
  2. Web app
  3. Hybrid app

If you decide to have an app developed, there are three possibilities. Most apps are immediately associated with a web app, but that doesn’t have to be the case at all. Which app is the best solution for you depends on many factors. Your budget, your objective and possibly also a deadline: these are all aspects that can play a role.

What is a native app?

If you choose a native app, a mobile application must be installed on a smartphone or tablet before you can use the app. That extra action can be a barrier. A native app must be built separately for each operating system (Android or iOs). The app can then be downloaded from the App store or Google Play store.

What is a web app?

This application runs on the internet and you do not need to install it. You use this app by entering a URL in your browser. A web app is therefore also perfectly usable with a computer or laptop. The difference between a regular website and an app is often not entirely clear and they can also merge into each other. Often the difference is in the objective. A web app is used for interaction. Often you have to log in with your personal profile to use it. Just think of booking or planning tools.

What is a hybrid app?

Hybrid apps combine the best of both worlds. A hybrid app usually has the look-and-feel of a native app and can be downloaded on your smartphone, but the way of building is different. It starts from a web app, which is prepared to run on the desired operating system.

Which app do you choose?

Hopefully the differences are a bit clearer now, but now comes the important question: which app is suitable for your needs? Which choice you make depends on a number of factors:

  • User-friendliness: Both native and hybrid apps use the functionalities on your smartphone, just think of push notifications. In addition, a native app is perfectly tailored to your phone, so it often works just a little more efficiently. If you want to use a web app on your smartphone, you have to pass through the browser, often a bit more cumbersome.
  • Lead time: Native apps take more time to develop, because they have to be developed tailored to the operating system. A web app only needs to be created once and adapted to the different devices. That takes less time. A hybrid app is usually somewhere in between in terms of lead time.
  • Maintenance: Apps must also be maintained. That takes the least effort and time with web apps. You always use the latest version and the end user does not have to do anything. With the other forms, the updates must be made via the Stores.
  • Cost: A large number of parameters play a role here, so it is difficult to attach a standard price to it. It is true that the costs are in the development time. The more complex the app, the higher the cost price. The price of a native app will therefore normally be slightly higher than with the other two.

Let's talk

Do you need an app, but no idea which solution is the best for you and what budget you should count on? Mtea is at home in all types of apps and is happy to advise you tailor-made. Contact us so that we can discuss your project and come up with the best solution.

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