The word ‘native’ is associated with the indigenous or aboriginal roots of an entity. Native in application development comes to stand for the nature of application which is developed in its native language, for example developing in Objective C for iOS and Java for Android. In simple terms, a native application is one that is developed specifically for one platform or device.
Owing to existence of numerous operating systems, like Android, iOS or Blackberry, enterprises opt for applications which perform on multiple platforms. Hence hybrid application came into being. Although both native and hybrid applications have their own set of advantage and disadvantages, one needs to fully consider the areas a native application offers expertise in, so as to be absolutely sure before initiating the application development process.
If your enterprise aims at offering the best experience to its users, the idea of native development is best suited. One thing you can be sure of, with closed eyes, is native app’s performance.
Native application, as aforementioned, are platform specific, owing to which they can interact and make use of all the features specific to that platform. In addition it also has the ability to harness the device-specific hardware and software, including cameras, notifications, list of contacts, accelerometer and global positioning system (GPS). The application developed natively is capable of working offline. Also functions like scrolling, loading of large animations and debugging becomes seamless.
If your target is to build an application with complex feature, or getting an innovatively complicated commercial app, the option of native development would be a good going. It is well-known fact that performance of a complex application usually fails when it comes to speedy responses. Problem of page loading delays often deters performance of a complex application, thereby affecting its chances at success, which can be rectified with the help of native development.
Responsiveness affects user experience and usability. Native development ensures faster responsive time in applications that are complex or large sized. In 2012, Mark Zukerberg, confessed ‘not going native’ as his biggest mistake. Nevertheless, later Facebook was replaced with a native app.
If in your head you know that the key factor of your application is consistency, and that’s what you seek to offer, a native development is way to go. Native app development caters a consistent user experience as the application is consistent with the operating system, and also the graphics and the visuals are implemented in the native features.
It is not to say that a native application is superior to a hybrid app, rather to indicate how a hybrid development process can become tedious during the implementation of certain native designs and interfaces. A native environment incorporate features innate to its platform.
At the bottom of this, we do realize that going native application sounds perfectly congruous with your plan of a large app aiming best user experience and consistency.