Native apps are the apps that are written specifically for a device. iPhone and Android are the biggest competitor in this field. Android apps are written in Java and iPhone has its own language Objective-C or Swift. There are latest tools available to build a mobile app without using the native script, and increase the speed of development.
Usually non-native apps either compile into native code or cover themselves in a native web app and collaborate native calls with web elements. Certainly there are some pros and cons of every method, but an app should always be designed with a special platform selection in mind.
Here are some advantages of developing native apps :
One size does not fir all. Apps developed for tablets can’t be used for phones and vice versa. Not just the aspect ratios are different, but dpi also vary from one device to another. All these differences can completely change how should an app look and work. Just imagine, how different twitter looks on your phone and the browser. If you try to make an app look beautiful in all sizes, you will have to make some really difficult compromises that can affect the experience. You have more control over resolution, size and orientation if you use objective C or Java. Apps may behave dramatic depending on if you are on phone, browser or tablet.
Need for speed
This era is all about lightning speed and quick response. According to some studies, even a delay of 2 seconds can distract the user. Big sharks like Facebook and LinkedIn have learned this lesson by investing in HTML5 and later moving back to native for performance cause.
Specialized development environments are the ecosystems that allow developers to create native applications. iOS and Android both have comprehensive tools for almost everything from designing to testing. Android and Xcode both offer a strong set of tools to use hardware features that are not available to many cross development platforms and web development platforms. You can analyze, trace, tune, and unlock the best possible performance. Reduced development time gives more time to developer to fix the most difficult bugs.
Native Look and Feel
We love being at home. Your application feels like it belongs to your device. Native apps feels and look like default apps, and users quickly get use to specific icons and button. Even the older iOS versions out-dated in comparison to new native apps. Mobile apps that try to produce that old look again often appear worse because of unnatural valley effect.
While using native applications, you expect specific functionality as well as design patterns like zoom and multi-touch. And even the back button location vary according to the devices. These functions are easily accessed in native APIs while get worse with other methods.
An amazing cross-development language that enables you to run applications at native performance using C#. There are some benefits of using Xamarin like less coding per platform. Changes can come out fast if user wants to update an app on multiple platforms. Developers can use this language to write Windows apps. iOS apps, and Android apps that have native UI. This language uses absolutely native UIs.
Developing the best mobile app is an ongoing battle that will certainly lead to many failures, but keep working to provide the ultimate user experience to app users.