Web apps are hosted on web browsers. Web apps are essentially websites that look like native apps but instead of installing the application to a device’s home screen, users interact with the app through a webview. They are easiest to build and maintain and an inexpensive option; however, they require a web browser, they can be slower than native apps, and they can’t leverage device utilities.
Native apps are built for specific platforms and are written in the languages the platform accepts (for example, Swift and Objective-C for iOS apps and Java or Kotlin for native Android apps). Native apps are fast and responsive, distributed in app stores, offer intuitive user input and output, and don’t require an internet connection. Overall, native apps offer a better user experience but are more expensive than other options.
Hybrid apps are essentially a combination of native apps and web apps. A hybrid app consists of two parts: the first is the back-end code, and the second is a native shell that is downloadable and loads the code using a webview. Hybrid apps are less expensive than native apps, don’t require a browser, and can leverage device APIs; however, they’re slower than native apps don’t necessarily have access to all the device utilities.
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