Native vs hybrid applications.

According to statistics from different Analytics, we spend 90% of all time on the phone in applications.

In mobile development, some of the most heated debate is around native and hybrid development.

Which one to choose?

After all, they are so similar and there is no absolute leader.

IT Softup has experience in developing both.

We have collected the advantages and disadvantages of these applications for you to simplify the selection.

But first, let’s figure it out: how do they differ from each other?

The native application is native to each platform, whether iOS or Android, and is written specifically for it in a specific language.

To write a native iOS application, Swift or Objective-C will be used. For native Android applications — Java or Kotlin are suitable.

Unlike native ones, hybrid applications are developed for both platforms simultaneously and are written in a universal language.



A simple app at an affordable price.

Good savings when creating one application for 2 platforms at once.

Entering the market immediately on 2 platforms.

Since a hybrid application is written for two platforms at once, it goes simultaneously to two markets. This increases the ability to download your application.


Even a great app can quickly become obsolete, it’s not easy to make updates.

It will take 3 to 6 months to change the framework and add new functionality to it. After that, developers will be able to update your application.

In native applications, innovations can be added immediately after their announcement.

It is unlikely that the application will be in demand among users if it turns out to be poor-quality and unstable: according to statistics, almost half of all users immediately remove boring and poorly designed applications and install better ones.

Low speed. Hybrid applications are web pages that are not particularly quick, for example, in scrolling heavy content: pictures, animations, etc.

In addition, hybrid web-based development has various compilations, which also reduces the speed of the application and does not please users at all.

Design difficulties

If you want a well-designed system design, you will have to develop it separately. iOS and Android applications have their own design standards. Since the hybrid application does not meet them, its appearance will have to be “customized” to the appropriate framework. At the end of the work, you will receive only one application, and you spent time and money as two.

Insecurity of source code.

One of the serious disadvantages of hybrid applications is their insecurity. While the native application can be encrypted before going to the official store, the hybrid application remains “naked”. Since many hybrid applications are based on an HTML page.



High quality. A highly specialized native application developer will write you clean, unique code. Many years of development experience will help to make a quality product with wide functionality and reduce the risk of bugs.

Low probability of refusal of placement in App & Play Stores.

Since the native application initially meets the standard requirements of a certain platform, it is unlikely that you will encounter any problems when launching your application in the official App Store and Play Store.

100% use of UX design. Modern users are spoiled for bright, detailed interfaces, and simple applications are unlikely to interest them. It is in the native development of UX that the design is used at 100%, which allows you to make a quality and interesting application. In a hybrid application, you get a standardized interface for two platforms.

A variety of development tools. There are a huge number of different frameworks, templates and other proven tools that will make your application unique, individual and stable.

A large community of developers. And of course, when developing a native application, you are unlikely to encounter a problem that no one has solved before you. This means that you do not have to spend too much time searching for a suitable solution, but you can turn to the experience of other programmers.


Cost. The native application is a unique, high-quality product, the creation of which requires a lot of time and, of course, a highly qualified developer with many years of experience. Therefore, such an application is worth it, respectively.


The development of native and hybrid mobile applications has its advantages and disadvantages, which are taken into account by the business and the contractor when choosing a technology.

Based on our experience, ITSoftUP company helps to choose the best solution for each specific application.