Which are better: HTML5 or native apps?
There is no straightforward answer to this question. It depends on your goals.
While HTML5 helps build highly engaging mobile apps quickly, it does not provide any unique functions that help deliver users with awesome mobile experience. On the other hand, native apps enable users to make use of mobile functionalities, but developing a native application can be expensive and requires much more time when you’re targeting multiple devices.
One of the major benefits of HTML5 app development is that you’re only required to build a single app for all devices. This, of course, means that you’re going to save a lot of time, effort and money on your initial build and future updates. And HTML5 apps can even be wrapped in what’s called a “mobile wrapper” using technologies such as Adobe PhoneGap which will allow you to publish your app on the app stores. These so-called ‘hybrid apps’ combine some of the advantages of HTML5 apps and native apps.
For companies this provides a major reduction in cost, a huge decrease in the time to market, and much lower rates of running into programming bugs across multiple platforms. When developing an app in HTML5, because you only need to test your code once, testing time is also reduced allowing for rapid product development.
So if you’re looking to build an app and the app is not your primary source of revenue or it is an addition to a software that you’re using on desktop as well, the benefits of HTML5 apps cannot be ignored. Usually, they’re best suited for lightweight applications that do not need to be secured or rely too heavily on native device functionality.
They’re also usually a good option for budget-conscious developers or when content will be changing often. Not only is HTML5 extremely cost-effective, flexible in nature, and easy to develop; they’re widely loved and used across the globe. So when comparing HTML5 vs native apps, you’ll have to look at your specific needs.
About the Author:
Ekaterina Novoseltseva is a CMO at Apiumhub – software development hub, which is specialized in web & mobile app design and development.