PhoneGap or Native App Development – Which is Better For Your Business?

04 Nov. 2015 Mobile App

One of the main concerns that business owners have when developing apps is choosing between the popular options of cross-platform vs native platform.

Native app development involves using the native SDKs and their specific programming languages to build the app. Android’s native programming language is Java whereas for iOS it is Swift and Objective C.

In contrast, Hybrid/Cross-platform applications developed on platform such as PhoneGap use web technologies like JavaScript, CSS and HTML5. These are then wrapped into native containers that can access the native platform’s features. It is these containers that make the web application code run just as native apps that can be downloaded on iPhones and Android devices, either from the iTunes App store or Google Play.

PhoneGap vs Native Development

App Development: PhoneGap vs Native

Let us take a closer look at the seven factors that can help enterprises in choosing between PhoneGap or Native application development:

  1. Timeline for Application Development

    On an average developing a native app can take close to 18-20 weeks. In contrast, hybrid apps are faster and simpler to create and deploy. However this time frame depends on the complexity of the features expected from the app and whether the cross-platform app framework can support it.

  2. Performance and User Experience

    Native apps are known to provide a better performance experience overall. This translates into better UX so users can navigate the app with ease. Hybrid apps may have some user interaction lags and take slightly longer to load. If native feel and look are not critical, PhoneGap is a better choice for app development.

  3. ‘Build Once – Use Anywhere’ Advantage

    Applications built on PhoneGap are platform independent. So, a developer can build once and use PhoneGap to submit the app to major platforms (like Android, iPhone or Windows).

  4. Achieve Cost Efficiency

    PhoneGap mobile app development is popular with SMBs as it is more cost-efficient. They also have the advantage of high quality combined with a diverse set of libraries that helps reduce their development time.

    A PhoneGap app can be used across multiple app platforms. This helps enterprises with cost savings as they no longer have to spend extra on building an app for each native platform.

  5. Better App Maintenance

    App maintenance is an often ignored but critical part of the development process. PhoneGap apps can be easily maintained if the ‘right’ framework such as jQuery mobile or KendoUI has been chosen by the developer.

    This is because mobile web based applications (CSS, HTML & JavaScript) are easier to maintain as compared to native applications.

  6. Designing User Interface

    A PhoneGap developer gets more flexibility during UI design. While mobile UI’s can be implemented using hybrid or native app development, it is easier to work with hybrid technology. For instance, when an interface has dynamic content and many form factors, the HTML5 and CSS3 capabilities of PhoneGap framework are more suitable.

    Conversely, a native environment has the design widgets and tools that help create highly complex interfaces with native UX. This may not be currently possible to achieve with hybrid app development tools.

  7. Security

    A common belief is that native apps are more secure than hybrid apps. But, this is only partially correct. Security problems usually arise due to under-experienced developers or server-side issues.

Hence, the scenario under which you make the choice between PhoneGap or Native largely depends on your project’s and organization’s unique needs. In the case of budget restrictions, need for accelerated development and app simplicity, PhoneGap must be chosen. For large app development initiatives that involve new technologies, it may be necessary to evaluate whether native development is a better fit.

No matter what the choice, it is wise to partner with an app development company like Rishabh Software who can understand your enterprise’s needs and build an application that best suits your development preferences.

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