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The differences: Native apps vs. hybrid apps vs. progressive web apps


The differences: Native apps vs. hybrid apps vs. progressive web apps

Our daily companions have long since ceased to be analog gadgets - what has spread into our private and business affairs over the past few years are apps. From the simplest to the most complex tools, all functions are represented that simplify our lives. If you are an entrepreneur and want to have your own app developed, you can already do so in cooperation with a specialized agency without any major entry hurdles. To give you an overview, today we will look at the three most important differences between the available models for apps.

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In addition to the native apps, we also compare the hybrid and progressive apps with each other. This gives you an initial understanding of which model is best suited to your requirements. We will also be happy to work with you on the implementation of your business or private app. Contact us at any time and create added value for your users thanks to the latest technology.

Native apps, one application for one platform

Native apps provided the basis for a large number of apps, which nevertheless does not make them the ideal solution for every concern. These are firmly aligned with a target platform at the development stage, which also significantly influences the programming language and framework to be used. While iOS apps are programmed with X Code and Objective C, Android apps are found under Android Studio, Eclipse and Java. This distinction is important to ensure compatibility with the respective end device of the future user.

Those who decide to develop native apps must be prepared for the one-sided orientation of platform support. Since the programming language cannot be changed easily, the app is often trapped on the respective system used. An advantage, on the other hand, is the simple mapping of simple functions, provided the app is to be permanently installed on a device. Hybrid apps and progressive web apps therefore offer more freedom and flexibility.

The best of both worlds, with hybrid apps

As soon as an app is to be accessible on multiple devices, the lowest common denominator must be found. As a rule, this is the browser. It is therefore obvious that hybrid apps are called as a mixture of JavaScript, CSS and HTML5 in a "web interface". With responsive design, all the features of your app can be accessed on iOS, Android, and even Mac and PC if desired. For a broad target group and an easy-to-understand user interface, hybrid apps are particularly suitable for this reason.

If you look around in the App Store, you will find many apps on different platforms. These can be installed just like native apps, but are not tied to an operating system. A hybrid app, meanwhile, allows in-app purchases, which are billed proportionally via the App Store provider. If you want absolute control over your transactions, progressive web apps are suitable. Here, no transaction fees are incurred, as there is no fixed app store - but the app cannot be installed "like a native app" via the app store.

More freedom: Progressive Web Apps

As interesting as the inclusion in an app store is, this brings some disadvantages depending on the area of application. Publication costs, marketing, developer licenses from Google and Apple, and commissions on in-app purchases are the most common features here. Not only to avoid such inconveniences, Progressive Web Apps are a good choice. Together with hybrid apps, these are among the most interesting solutions on the app development market. This cost-effective option also brings with it high performance and the possibility of web traffic usage. This leads to the fact that SEO-related factors can also be taken into account in the development and marketing of your application.

One of the features of a progressive web app is that it does not need to be compiled as installable apps. Nevertheless, even extensive offline data can be used without artifices and stopgap solutions, as is the case with map and navigation applications, for example. We are happy to advise you on the decision-making and planning of your progressive web app. Together we can quickly find solutions to achieve your desired result in an efficient and resource-saving way.

Our conclusion: Variation in app development ensures more creativity

Gone are the days when the question of feasibility stood in the way of your idea. Thanks to the choice between native apps, hybrid apps as well as progressive web apps, new dimensions in app development can be defined. Each area of application brings its strengths and weaknesses here, and your focus should be on hybrid apps and progressive web apps for optimal future-proofing. In every respect, you can rely on one of these three variants when it comes to implementing your app.

As a team of developers with hands-on experience, we will guide you from topic identification and conception, to the development and testing of your app. We work closely with you to design your software solution and create custom applications for every department. Contact us today and let us advise you free of charge on the options and possibilities for your app development. We look forward to your inquiry.

About the author

Christoph Heike

Christoph Heike is the managing director of Webzeile GmbH and has been programming since he was 12 years old. Currently he is interested in technologies like PHP, Symfony, VueJS, React and many more.

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