The gap between HTML5 and native apps is closing and browsers continue to advance their capabilities – there’s never been a more confusing time to decide on your mobile development platform.
“HTML5 – write once, run everywhere!”
“Native apps look and perform the best”
Native apps are specific to a single mobile platform (iOS , Android , Windows Phone) and they are built using the development tools and language that the respective platform supports. They look and perform the best and offer deep integration with all the device features (camera, calendar , fast graphics animation etc) but they take longer to build , require specialist skills and you’ll need to build out a native app for each device you support.
“Hybrid Mobile Applications – the best of both worlds?”
So how do you decide on your mobile development platform for a new app ?
The short answer is it all depends.There are a few key questions you need to consider.
What sort of app are you building?
If you are developing a game or an app that needs to take advantage of performance boosters like GPU acceleration and multi-threading go native.
How are you going to distribute your app?
If you expect users to discover your app via an app store you must go native or hybrid.
Do you require offline capabilities?
Native and Hybrid apps support offline capabilities.
How much time (and money) are you willing to spend?
If money is no object or you are targeting one specific a native app will likely deliver the best overall user experience as long you build it properly.
Consumers don’t care
At the end of the day consumers don’t care – the best user experience will win.