Native vs Hybrid vs Cross Platform Apps

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  • react-native

    A framework for building native applications using React

    Building cross platform apps will save a lot of time and effort as your code will only need to be written one time. The "write once, run anywhere" approach allows developers to utilize a single code on multiple platforms. Because of this, cross platform apps have great product maintains as there is only one codebase to test, deploy fixes and upgrades to, etc. Also, developers do not need to learn multiple technologies before creating their apps. This means that developer means can be a lot smaller. Some available cross platform development frameworks include React Native, Xamarin, and Flutter.

  • kotlin

    The Kotlin Programming Language.

    Native apps are developed for specific platforms, either Android or iOS, whereas cross-platform applications are compatible to run on multiple platforms Native mobile app development is the process of creating an app exclusively for one mobile operating system. Since these are platform-oriented, developers need dedicated tools to build native apps. Java, Kotlin, and Android Studio are used for Android Native apps. Swift, Object C, and XCode or Atom are used with iOS apps.

  • Appwrite

    Appwrite - The Open Source Firebase alternative introduces iOS support . Appwrite is an open source backend server that helps you build native iOS applications much faster with realtime APIs for authentication, databases, files storage, cloud functions and much more!

  • Flutter

    Flutter makes it easy and fast to build beautiful apps for mobile and beyond

    Native apps is the best choice in terms of UX. Note, about 90% native-like performance is possible using React Native or Flutter frameworks.

  • Apache Cordova

    Apache Cordova Android

    Hybrid app development is the combination of native and web solutions. Developers embed the code written with languages like HTML/CSS and JavaScript into a Native app with plugins such as Ionic's Capacitor or Apache Cordova. Similar to cross platform apps, with hybrid app development, the code is only written once. The same code can be utilized for multiple platforms again and again. This means there is a shorter development timeline and the cost is minimized. Hybrid apps are also easy to maintain since they are solely based on web technology.

  • capacitor

    Build cross-platform Native Progressive Web Apps for iOS, Android, and the Web ⚡️

    Hybrid app development is the combination of native and web solutions. Developers embed the code written with languages like HTML/CSS and JavaScript into a Native app with plugins such as Ionic's Capacitor or Apache Cordova. Similar to cross platform apps, with hybrid app development, the code is only written once. The same code can be utilized for multiple platforms again and again. This means there is a shorter development timeline and the cost is minimized. Hybrid apps are also easy to maintain since they are solely based on web technology.

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