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What are Native Apps and what are they good for?

Native apps and their application

Native apps offer many advantages and disadvantages compared to cross-platform apps. We highlight the positive aspects of native apps and address the negative aspects in further articles.

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Native Apps are specific to the operating system (Android, iOS)

If hybrid Applications, also hybrid apps and hybrid applications called, have gained a lot of traction, native applications, also known as native apps or sometimes native mobile apps, the most popular type of mobile app available for download from the app store of your choice (where hybrid apps are also represented). A native app is created for specific operating systems, of which iOS and Android are by far the most popular (LineageOS and Fire OS are more familiar to app experts). Typically, an Android app is programmed in Kotlin and Java using the Android Software Development Kit (SDK). A conventional iOS app is written in Swift, partially in Objective C, and created for the iOS platform. Swift and Kotlin are what you would call (modern) native programming languages. Want to learn more about native apps?

An overview of native applications and their characteristics

Here is an overview of the four native applications and their operating system (OS), relationship to Unix, frameworks, programming languages and devices, respectively.

Advantages of native applications

Native apps are quite fast because they are tailored and optimized for the operating system they run on. Android, iOS or even Windows Phones (not mentioned in the native app overview because they have been discontinued) all have their own programming language, SDKs and app stores. Good native apps offer a excellent user interface (UI) and user experience (UX)that exploit the design potential of the respective operating system and enable intuitive user interaction. In addition, native apps can be developed via a API communicate with other components or programs or functions on the same device:

GPS tracking, accelerometer, camera, device memory, etc. Native apps can be used offline without an Internet connection and tend to be more powerful than web apps in HTML5 - for a detailed comparison, please read Native Apps vs. Web Apps. Also note that the security standards are on average higher than for generic apps. Also use Startups, SMEs and large enterprises in general often the possibility of remote access (remote access) for devices.

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Constraints of native applications

By default, a native app is reserved for mobile users of the respective operating system. In order to achieve the goal of serving a maximum number of mobile users across the different operating systems, multiple native apps would need to be developed; that is, one for each operating system. To achieve this goal, most apps are developed at least for iOS and Android in the two different Programming languages Swift and Kotlin / Java respectively. In such a scenario, the same app product would require the execution of at least two native app development projects. This makes app development a costly endeavor. The fact is that Swift and Java (Kotlin) are two challenging programming languages. Many companies have difficulty finding suitable Swift developer and Java developer to find. On top of that, they are quite expensive compared to average web developers. Note that Swift and Java projects are relatively demanding to maintain.

Since the only way to access an Android or iOS app is through their app stores, namely Google Play and App Store, the fate and success of the app is somewhat dependent on maintaining these two platforms. Reluctantly, in a business context, there is a complete dependence on only two players. Both platforms operate on a commission-based revenue model and offer paid services. More about the Running costs of an app.

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Bottom line: The decision for native applications

A native app can be the answer to Your app idea or your app development project. However, it is by no means the golden standard. Before you choose a native app development as opposed to a web app development, you should work with App development experts talk about your app development project and the use case at hand. App development agencies are there for support. As a rule of thumb: Web apps are less expensive and work on most mobile browsers, but are less feature-rich.
The latter choice is more economical, adapted to most mobile browsers, but often less rich in terms of functionalities. This issue is addressed by progressive web apps (PWA), a synergy of web app and native app technology. Progressive web apps can be listed on any native app store as well. For comparison with native and hybrid apps.

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