Choosing app development type – cross-platform or native significantly influences the ultimate performance of an app. Both approaches differ in various ways, based on the various factors.
Difference between cross-platform and native apps:
|Architecture||Different apps for different platform||One app for multiple platforms|
|Performance||Fully native and higher||Native-like and performance issues|
|Development Time||Requires time as need to write different code||Significantly reduced development time|
|Cost||Not cost-effective||Lower costs|
|Target audience||Limited to a specific platform||Reach a large number of users|
|User experience||Superior||Less reliable as unified UX for all platforms|
|Code reusability||Almost none||60% reuse|
|Hardware accessibility||Complete hardware support||Limited|
Advantages of cross-platform over native:
- Shorter development time
- Presence on all platforms
- Lower maintenance costs
Advantages of Native over Cross-platform:
- Great performance
- Superior UX
- Platform’s support
- Native APIs and device features
Cross-platform is a preferable choice for business apps, SPAs, and low functionality app while native apps are used for graphically-enhanced apps, gaming, and enterprise applications with broad functions.
Native vs. cross-platform – this choice is subjective as it depends on factors like time, speed, cost, performance, and requirements.