Types Of Mobile App Development

Posted By Deepak Rawat | 03-Dec-2015

Going Native

If you are learner of mobile application development and want to build performance critical mobile applications and take benefit of native APIs, you will need best resource on learning mobile native application development.

Apple provides own instruction manual which is good for experienced and beginners developers. Its introduces code implementation, application design and structure while building a ToDo List application.

Going Hybrid

If you decided to developed hybrid apps, then you know that there are two main competitors Appcelerator Titanium and Cordova. Both target mobile platforms but work in different ways.

Develop with Cordova is like developing a web page. You create Javascript local files, CSS and HTML, test them in browser and then wrap them in native web view with Cordova.

Using Titanium is little bit different, you don’t need any CSS and HTML files, until you want to create application that uses both HTML-based User Interfaces and native. Titanium provides very useful mobile tool set that helps you simulate application on real platform, not in browser. When your application is run on device, it doesn’t get wrapped into a webview, but gets interpreted by Javascript engine .

Native over Hybrid

Building native application means using native language of platform, Java on Android, and Objective-C on iOS. Main good about native applications is performance. Native applications are compiled in machine code which gives good execution you can get from mobile phone.

Good performance includes fluid and fast animations and also access to phone multi touch support, hardware and current APIs.

Native is not much that typical because code must be written especially for each platform. Logic may be same, but language, APIs and development process are different. Process could be long for hard apps.

Hybrid over Native

Hybrid apps are web applications in native browser, such as WebView in Android and UIWebView in iOS. Hybrid applications are developed using Javascript, HTML and CSS, and then wrapped in native application by using platforms like Cordova.

Application development is easy to maintain, simpler, faster and more rapid. Cordova lets you build app for more than one platform just by one adding line of code,  You can change platforms anytime when you need. Cordova has a huge repository of plugins you may use, as for phone hardware such as Bluetooth or camera

Main Issue with hybrid applications is their dependency on native browser, which means they are not as good as native applications.

According to your project plan and your requirement use the development which best suits your application.

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