Native vs. HTML5 vs. hybrid mobile apps: The pros and cons

Key considerations for choosing the best mobile development environment for your organizations

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Following are snapshots of the three main methods of developing mobile apps. Each snapshot includes a brief description, what it is best suited for, its pros and cons, and a list of development tools for it.

Native app development

In native app development, mobile apps are written for specific mobile platforms, including iOS, Android and Windows Phone. They live on the mobile device and are typically written using development tools from the platform maker. Code can’t be re-used from one platform to another.

Best suited for...

  • Consumer-facing apps
  • Games
  • Graphics- and multimedia-heavy apps

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