Three Different Ways to Build Mobile Apps


There is more than one way to develop a mobile app. When you look at the development process, you can divide mobile apps into two categories: Native and Hybrid. Hybrid apps can be built in 2 different ways; therefore in total there are 3 different approaches to build mobile apps.

Native App
A native app is a smartphone application developed specifically for a mobile operating system using a specific programming language.

Examples: Objective-C or Swift for iOS, Java for Android.

Hybrid App
A few years back building a mobile app meant either you had to learn the native programming language or you would hire a professional who could do it for you. With the rise of hybrid mobile application development, now it is possible to build a mobile application without having the knowledge of native programming language. There are two approaches to building a hybrid app: A Webview App or a Compiled Hybrid App.

WebView App
The HTML, CSS and JavaScript code base runs in an internal browser called WebView.
For example: Adobe PhoneGap,, etc.

Compiled Hybrid App
The code is written in one language (such as C# or JavaScript) and gets compiled to native code for each supported platform.
For example: Appcelerator Titanium, Xamarin, FireMonkey, etc.

There are several web applications, which use the hybrid app techniques and offer users the ability to create some simple mobile applications. But as of now, we can’t rely on them to help create complex mobile applications.

These three options for mobile applications open so many doors to meet client’s needs. If your client is unsure which option to choose for their next project, use our Free Mobile App Questionnaire to give them a hand in making the decision.