Even though there are several factors that impact the cost of the app – the technology that the app is based on makes the most impact as it decides the:
Native App Developments
As of 2018, there are an estimated 6.5 million apps available for download in the world's leading app stores.
Native apps are known for their speed and responsiveness which make them interactive, intuitive and offer a better overall user experience.
Native could get expensive while developing because you will need to use two platforms (iOS and Android) and use different codebases for both. But these are easier to maintain because you are not depending on a cross platform tool such as Xamarin or Cordova – this also means fewer bugs and less post maintenance cost.
Native App Advantages
Native App Disadvantages
Hybrid app development can essentially do everything HTML5 does, except it also incorporates native app features. A wrapper acts as a bridge between platforms to access the native features. A hybrid app consists of two parts:
Hybrid apps are slower in comparison because they access the hardware through a bridge which could disappoint the user.
Hybrid App Advantages
There are many appealing advantages to hybrid app development. You can target a huge number of potential users with one code base that is shared between your website and your app.
This also means most of the code can be written by web developers rather than dedicated mobile developers—which means this is often one of your cheapest options for developing an app.
Most of the tools necessary for hybrid development are also open source and free. Also, one shared code base means that your code is easier to maintain, and you can quickly prototype for many platforms at once.
Hybrid App Disadvantages
While deciding which type of app you wish to make, you need to keep in mind your user base and their demands. There are upsides and downsides of developments costs for hybrid and native apps. Native apps are costlier for early development whereas, hybrid apps have more post maintenance cost. Here are different scenarios for building apps in hybrid or native: