An Important Decision
When it comes to choosing a proper development platform for your fantastic mobile app idea, there is no easy way to decide. The determining factors can be complicated and diverse, and you may end up making last-minute changes to your decision inevitably.
For those of you who are trying to create a map of how your future app is going to turn out, we have listed a few factors in this article to help make your decision easier and more informed.
Read on to find a summary of everything you can expect from the most popular app development platforms available.
Native, Cross-Platform, or Hybrid Web App?
This is the choice that dictates everything about your app. Everything depends on this critical decision from the functionality to the user interface and the final look-and-feel of your app.
While native apps can provide more enhanced functionality and integration with the OS, choosing to develop a cross-platform or hybrid app will have its advantages. We have made a comparison of factors that will be affected by your choice below to get you an idea of how your app will turn out.
An app with an engaging user interface that can deliver a seamless user experience stands a better chance of success than those with a shabby outlook. Perhaps the most important thing after the app’s actual functionalities is that the user interface dictates how your users will interact with the app based on the usage flows you have created.
With a native app, you can incorporate a usage loop that reflects the design of the entire OS. This makes the usage cycle natural and more intuitive with regards to the OS and can allow for greater integration and accessibility, as your users will be comfortable with the way the app works.
Going for a cross-platform solution will require that you create a user interface that can operate in the same way across the different platforms without losing features and capabilities.
Target Audience and Market
While native apps can interact more easily with the rest of the OS and access built-in resources and capabilities, creating a hybrid or cross-platform app can enable you to deliver the same functionality across all devices.
The decision depends on the audience and customer base you intend to target with your application.
Are you targeting a market where a particular OS is more readily accepted and is in use by the more significant percentage of the demographics? Then it would be better to opt for a native solution rather than a cross-platform app.
If the market is divided and you want a more extensive user base, going with a cross-platform or a hybrid web app is wiser.
The same applies to the kinds of devices you are targeting. If you want your app to be functional on a broad spectrum of devices with varying capabilities and resources, building a hybrid web app should be the first choice. If you are targeting a specific segment of the available devices, then you can opt for native apps.
Essentially, the final decision depends on the budget you are ready to allocate to your project. This is because creating multiple native apps can cost significantly more than developing a single cross-platform app.
With a native app, you can ensure the same features across all suitable devices. Creating a cross-platform app may limit the extent of features you can incorporate while increasing the variety of capabilities you can offer.
Another consideration that depends on your budget is whether the app is connected to a backend server or resource for its functioning. If the app is self-contained, then a native app may be better, and if the app requires an external resource, it is better to opt for a cross-platform version.
As we said before, there is no easy way to choose a development platform for your app. However, we do hope that the factors presented in this list will help make your decision easier. We wish you success in your digital transformation endeavor.