The biggest question that comes to the mind of a client when thinking of developing a mobile application is what type of application should be built?

Whether Native Application is the way to go or hybrid application is the answer is not a definitive one. The choice of the application depends on the various factors including your budget and timeline.

In this blog we shall be looking at the pros and cons of both the native and hybrid applications in detail.
1. Basics 
Native Applications are apps that are built for specific operating systems using native language of the platform. While hybrid applications are apps that are built as web-based apps and operate within the native browser of the platform. These apps are built with JavaScript, CSS, and HTML and then are packaged as the native app using other platforms.

2. Performance
Since native applications are built for the specific platforms the performance of this apps is really high. They are faster and more responsive and have a wider functionality as they are built specifically for that platform. The UI/UX of the applications can also be designed to please the users.

Hybrid applications are basically has a wrapper downloaded in the user’s phone with most of the data loaded from the server. Thus there is a possibility of issues being found in the applications related to server capacity. Also since it is not made for a specific platform the UI UX will not be as user-friendly as the native applications.

3. Time and Cost
Native applications are platform specific and hence they take a lot of time building. Specially if a client is looking to develop the applications on multiple platforms, it takes a lot of time as the development of both the platforms has to be done separately. Plus they have more than one code base as iOS and Android do not support each other hence you will have to work with different codebases for every platform you use to build the application. Native applications are costly as well when compared to hybrid applications as they are platform specific and require expertise on different platforms.

Since hybrid applications are built with just one codebase they take really less time that native applications to develop. As the no. of developers required to build such an application also reduces and hence affects the cost of the application as well. Hybrid applications are far cheaper than their native counterparts and thus if your company is looking to get a quick solution to get into the market hybrid applications is the better option.

4. Verdict
Given the advantages of native applications over hybrid applications, it is clear that native apps are the best way forward. They do cost more and take more time to build but if you are choosing a hybrid application you can save time and money on the earlier phases but if your application grows bigger, in the end, you will have to switch to a native app and by then the cost will have risen as well.

Apart from that given that you have to sacrifice UI and UX when it comes to hybrid applications there is a chance that the user base you are targeting will not prefer the application.
Thus if you have a choice between choosing these two type of development than native applications is the clear winner and definitely the way to move forward.