Which is the best technology for mobile app development nowadays?
I can see that there are a lot of technology options to build a mobile application. Can someone suggest me which is the best technology to develop a complex mobile app that would stand still for the next 3-4 years at least?
Hybrid and Native apps are both hot trend nowadays. There are pros and cons to both.
Native Apps: They provide the best user experience as they are specifically designed for a single app store with which one can get the best compatible apps. Because of their nature, you could actually charge customers for downloading your native app.
Hybrid Apps: They are fairly cheaper compared to Native apps. They take less amount of money to develop. Though the user experience and longevity is an issue in hybrid apps.
Look at it this way. Would you rather have a great app that is functional for 4-5 years? Or if you do not wish to invest more in the earlier stage, before you invest in a Native app than go for a Hybrid app.
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Firstly, you need to understand that the type of technology depends on you aim. The main differences in the approaches of creating the mobile app are implementation speed, cost and final product quality; and the technology options of mobile app development, available to entrepreneurs today are numerous. Understanding the differences between various approaches and technologies, as well as the various ways in which they relate to each other is the tricky part.
- High development speed.
- There are frameworks that emulate native app UI elements - buttons, menus, etc.
- You can make user experience very close to native using UI elements that mimic native app behaviour.
- Access to the smartphone’s hardware API’s (camera, push notifications, geolocation and others).
- User experience is not as good as on native mobile applications. (300ms click delays, phantom clicks while scrolling, etc.).
- The more complicated application is, the slower it works because of different wrappers and libraries.
- Not working offline.
- It is very difficult to implement animation for user interface.
As for Native mobile app we have much different situation:
- There are many modules and libraries for solving common development tasks which speeds up the process.
- Good performance and great user experience on all mobile platforms.
- Allows the app to access all device’s hardware allowed by the manufacturer.
- Can work offline and store data locally on the device.
- Higher costs compared to hybrid app development.
- Different technology stacks for different platforms - usually you’ll need separate developer to build and maintain iOS and Android app. Any feature needs to be added separately to each platform.
- Building a native app is a perfect choice if you have enough resources.Technologies for building such apps exist for a long time already and many complicated tasks were accomplished. You’re unlikely to get stuck solving the technical or performance problem that was never solved before by someone and there’s a huge community of developers to learn from.
Some examples of popular native mobile apps:
One of the most popular apps for trading cryptocurrencies.
The most popular transportation app
It is recommended to build native apps if your app needs to perform complex computations, maintain real-time connection to the server, have unique innovative functionality that requires interaction with other apps on the device or hardware.
It is also possible to build a React Native app that covers all common features, and create native iOS/Android modules to handle features not supported by RN. This is an effective solution, but it requires your developers to be familiar with native mobile technologies and web at the same time. Often such professionals are former native mobile developers that learned web development. Most probably it will be difficult to find such experts and expensive to hire them.
Final decision it’s only up to you. Just choose the way how to make an app.
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