Key Reasons Why We Love Developing Native Apps
From entertainment to tracking news, posting social media updates, and doing exercises, mobile apps have become a constant companion of people.
No wonder, Apple and Google have reported having 1.85 million and 2.56 million apps on their App Store and Play Store as of the first quarter of 2020.
People spend almost 90% of their mobile time on apps.
Developers build these apps either as Native Apps or hybrid apps.
In this blog, we focus on native apps.
What are Native Apps?
Techopedia defines native app as a smartphone application coded in a specific programming language. So, if a developer plans to create an app exclusively for iOS, then they may use languages like Object C or Swift. If they are making an app for Android, then they may use Java.
While Native App development might seemingly appear to be expensive and time-consuming (considering that developers have to develop for two separate operating systems), it provides various benefits over other mobile development platforms, which makes it a developer’s delight.
Why Do We Love Developing Native Apps?
At Heptagon, we specialize in building highly immersive native mobile apps. Here is why we love leveraging the native app building technology –
According to Forrester Research findings, frictionless UX design can potentially increase conversion rates by 400%. In native app development, the entire process of developing an app with a specific purpose becomes a delight for developers. It allows us to experiment with various functionalities specific to the platform and build an enriching experience for users. The focused nature of the native app takes out the burden of compromising on user experience to make it compatible with multiple platforms. It makes the app more intuitive and responsive. Another aspect that we love about native apps is the touch of personalization that we can add to the apps we develop. We can personalize the app’s interface, such as gestures, buttons, and icons, according to the device. This is not possible with hybrid apps as these personalized features go awry when we try to use the same app on different devices.
As native apps are built for specific platforms, they have more advantages than hybrid apps in terms of leveraging the built-in security features of a device’s platform and OS. Additionally, native apps can seek the advantage of the latest OS security updates, which might be limited for hybrid or web apps. They also receive full support from corresponding app stores, which strengthens its security feature further.
Ideal for Building Complex Apps
Remember the famous game Pokemon Go that caught everyone’s imagination? The game’s superior AR technology and its intuitive design were topics of discussion among gamers, technologists, and designers. It was built as a native app as it had app-specific features such as accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass. To create a sophisticated app like Pokémon Go, developers require specific device-native plugins and bridges that can be written using only native codes. In case a developer chooses to use hybrid apps, then they would still have to rely on native development, which could cause friction in customer experience and even elevate the development cost.
As native apps have full access to the device’s database and hardware features, they can leverage all the features and updates of the device without requiring additional plugins or third-party tools to operate. Native apps use native SDKs. So, the user interface is aligned with the platform. There are no discrepancies between the OS and app design. Also, considering that it is installed within the device, we can run it offline even without using the internet. Another feature that we love about the native app is the aspect ratio. Considering that the DPI levels vary for every device, it can be challenging to have the same view of the app in different devices. Native apps enable developers to create a dedicated app for a dedicated device without compromising on its display.
Although native apps score higher when it comes to creating apps with excellent user experience and more security, we understand that it can be an expensive and time-consuming process. Hence, it is crucial to choose the right development platform before starting the process. Here are a few situations where native apps would be the best choice for app development.
- Few app updates: Native app development could be ideal for apps that do not require frequent updates.
- No budget constraints: Native app is a relatively costly investment. So, choose it only if there are no budget constraints.
- Experience matters more than timeline: If a company is keen on developing an app with immersive customer experience and is in no hurry to launch the app immediately, then developers can choose native apps.
- Skilled workforce: If the team has a dedicated team of app developers for each device, they can consider developing an app using native apps.
We hope the above criteria will help you to determine the right platform for your app.
For more guidance or details, Connect with us.