Entering the world of mobile applications is a must for companies wanting to capture a user’s business, but it can be a daunting experience. With so many app ecosystems to develop for, how do you know you are choosing the right one? Will iOS work best or would Android, Blackberry or Windows 8 be your better option?
According to Developer Tech, for those not wanting to make that decision, hybrid mobile apps are an alternative option.
Performance: Nothing will work as well as a properly coded native application. Going with hybrid could mean a few kinks across different platforms, but a good developer should be able to create an app that balances the quirks of each platform.
Features: If a feature doesn’t translate across all platforms, chances are it won’t be included in your hybrid development. This means some of your favourite features won’t be available.
User experience: By creating a generic application, it’s difficult to come up with a design that keeps with the interface guidelines of all the major platforms. You could end up alienating one set of users with your design platform preference.
Debugging: With a natively coded app, if you get a bug, it is usually easily fixable, but with hybrid apps fixing a bug is a lot more complicated.