Going with native mobile app development lets you make better use of the platform’s innate, system-specific features and APIs. Native apps are significantly more reliable and their great performance can hardly be surpassed by cross-platform ones. They also provide more enjoyable user experience which you wouldn’t be able to achieve using the cross-platform approach. They do, however, take significantly more money and time to build. And it’s important to remember that you can’t run an Android-native app on iOS and vice versa. Going native also means adhering to the strict guidelines and the design language provided by the platform you’re aiming at—if you don’t want your app to be rejected by the platform’s marketplace.
High performance and great scalability. Developing for a particular platform in a language specific to that platform means your native app integrates seamlessly and runs significantly faster. Therefore, native apps are easy to scale and have lower risk of crashes, freezes, and downtime.
Excellent user experience. Native apps follow strict platform-specific guidelines which results in excellent user experience. This includes everything from ease of navigation to perfect layouts and aspect ratio.
Broad functionality and access to features. A native mobile application supports all the APIs and has direct access to all of the operating system and device features. The integration of native apps provides more opportunities and makes them significantly more powerful than the cross-platform ones.
Offline accessibility. Even the most complex native apps can be accessed without Internet connection and work with no issues.
Store’s support and better positioning. Quality user experience and high performance are crucial criteria for any app store. Therefore, native apps are likely to be positioned better than cross-platform ones.
Large community and third-party libraries. Community support, a large number of available resources, and access to a variety of third-party libraries enable developers to be more flexible and creative in building robust, highly scalable applications.
High cost. Native mobile app development is very costly and time-consuming. Native developers are harder to come by, and the cost of development doubles if you’re aiming at two platforms—you need two development teams.
No reusable codebase. Native code cannot be reused for another platform with different languages. If you aim at both iOS and Android, you will have to create two separate native mobile apps from scratch.
Difficult and costly maintenance. Two separate native apps written in two different languages on two different platforms make it truly hard and expensive for you to manage deployment, feature updates, and support on both at the same time.
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