Hybrid App vs Native App – Who’s the winner?


Cellphone and applications are made for each other. One is incomplete without another.

Its true, your smartphone won’t appear smart enough if there are no smart applications that complete them. Now we always talk about applications or app as the slang goes, do you know even they have two different communities to which they belong to? Yes, they are divided into two, Native Apps and Hybrid Apps.

We know your first question will be what’s the difference of Hybrid app vs Native app? Let’s understand them first and then know in what way they differ each other and who wins the crown of superiority?

Hybrid App vs Native App

Native Apps

Apps that are written in programming languages specific to the platform are called Native Apps. Majority of your smartphone have native apps. Typically scripted in Objective-C or Swift for iOS and Java for Android. Native apps allow the user to quickly grasp the functionality of the app. They are also easy to discover in app stores.

In short, native apps are exactly native to the user’s OS and hence are built as per those guidelines.

Hybrid Apps

Mobile apps with webview wrapped in a native app container. They look and behave almost like native apps but are different too. They are web apps that can run on your smartphones with an access to your system’s features.

In short hybrid apps are native apps in disguise.

Let’s check out the difference:


  • Written in platform specific languages
  • Platform specific codes
  • Fast and responsive
  • Requires high investment of time, talent and resources.
  • Quickly accesses mobile features
  • Gives excellent user experience
  • Eg. Pokemon Go, Twitter, and Waze


  • Written in HTML, Javascript, CSS
  • Once written runs forever.
  • Works average compared to native ones
  • Saves all three of them.
  • Moderate access not as fast as native
  • Moderate user experience
  • Eg. Untappd, Canvas


The war between native and hybrid apps is continuous. Both have their pros and cons and so to get a final outcome is a difficult task. Before you head for anything it is always advisable to take some time and think what you prefer more. Cross platform, feasible, one source code, easy updates, time and money saver all these make Hybrid the best but, in the long run, they may give you a headache. While Native ones are though time-consuming and costly, they offer the best security, user experience and smooth access to all native APIs. Your higher investment of money and time won’t go in vain in the native apps.

So our final verdict is – Native apps are the winners if you are looking for a long-time satisfaction.

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