Before jumping to the topic let us know what actually a native app is? Native apps are apps that are platform-specific whose coding are also done in a platform-specific programming language. Just as JAVA is for Android app development
and Swift or Objective C is for iOS app development
Native apps are designed for a specific device and therefore they take full advantage to use any feature on the device such as a camera or GPS etc. There are also React native app development companies which build native apps by using React.js library.
Let us start by talking about the advantage of the native app.
1. Faster Speed
Native apps as developed for a particular platform are faster to run. Many of the features are preloaded. Another reason for their high speed is that they work with a device’s built-in features.
2. Correct Maintenance of the Aspect ratio
Aspect ratio basically is the ratio of width to height of different screens. Apps may start improper functioning or might misbehave when changed the size or orientation of a device. Developers during native app development can set the size of the screen and the native app itself maintains the ratio to whichever device it is made to work on.
3. No Connectivity required
Some native apps do not require you to have an internet connection.
Put the device on airplane mode or go stuck in a no service area, these devices will work at those moments too.
Let's talk about the challenges of the Native Apps
1. Less Flexibility
Native app development requires different codes for different platforms. In a case, you want to hire app developers you need to hire two different groups of developers. One for Android development and the other for iOS app development.
As you have to write different codes for different platforms it requires a lot of time for you to build a brilliant app. The time may vary in accordance with how much complex the project is.
If there is not much difference between the looks of the Android or iOS app then React native app developers hold an edge as it may save much of their time by a speedy development process.
3. Lengthy downloading process
The downloading process of native apps requires certain steps to be followed. Many users who are not so patient will never wait for the final step and quit the installation beforehand due to which you can lose 20% of the users. Going to the App store, searching for the apps, accepting the terms and conditions and then wait to download it. This might bend bearable for some users.
4. Frequent upgrade
When apps get a new upgrade or a bug is fixed firstly the developers will have to give the updates to the app store and then the users will have to upgrade the app.
But in a case when customers do not notice the new upgrade or aren’t notified or do not upgrade it due to storage issue the customers may cease to support the app due to unfixed faults.
So the developers have to be in constant worry regarding the loss of their customer base.