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HTML 5 Vs Native Apps The never ending debate

HTML 5 Vs Native Apps The never ending debate

Posted by: Susheel Bansilal on July 7, 2015

It is a common view of most market analysts and enterprises that debate on HTML 5 and Native apps to determine which one is a better platform can never lead to a conclusive answer. This is primarily because both HTML 5 and Native apps have their own merits and demerits, and the ultimate choice of an enterprise is largely determined by its overall mobile strategy, available resources, preferences of its development team, and the cost & benefits factor.

In this blog, we will discuss the pros and cons of HTML 5 and Native mobile apps to help you determine which one is a better fit for your enterprise.

HTML 5 Apps

Pros: There are two key advantages of apps developed with HTML 5

1.       Mobile apps built with HTML 5 give the developers the 'space' on a user's smartphone, which may be used for bridging the gaps between mobile websites and native apps.

2.       Apps developed using HTML 5 are an attractive option for in-house development teams that have ample website development skills, and want to develop mobile apps for additional engagement.

Cons: The demerits of developing apps using HTML 5 include

1.       It won’t be wrong to say that HTML 5 or hybrid mobile apps are essentially mobile websites wrapped in "Sheep's clothing." These apps require a consistent internet connection to run, and such the user's capacity to use these apps is limited by the bandwidth of his/her internet connection.

2.       HTML 5 apps demonstrate identical functions for all mobile devices. So, despite using different mobile devices, the users may not find any uniqueness in their experience.


Native Mobile Apps

Pros: The key advantages of developing native mobile apps are

1.       Native apps offer rich user interface (UI) for a smoother and more engaging user experience

2.       Native apps employ cutting edge device capabilities

3.       Native apps demonstrate faster load times as compared to the HTML 5 apps

4.       Native apps can perform in both online as well as offline mode. So, consistent internet connection is not a mandatory requisite to run these apps.

5.       Native apps offer better marketing prospects due to their enhanced discoverability and brand image

6.       Native apps are far superior to HTML5 apps


Cons: Some of the main problems in developing native mobile apps are

1.       Native apps require discrete development for different mobile platforms

2.       Native app development skills are expensive

3.       creating, deploying, and managing multiple custom native apps is a tough task

4.       Connecting native apps with databases using XML or JSON/REST APIs demands proficient mobile developers


From the above list of pros and cons of HTML 5 vs native mobile apps, it would be fair to say that Native apps are a clear winner when it comes to delivering the best user experience with maximum functionalities. However, developing native apps is costlier and requires proficient mobile developers. On the other hand, HTML 5 apps are inferior in quality and user-experience, but they are a lot easier and cheaper to develop


Author :

Susheel Bansilal

MetaOption, LLC

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