A native application is a software program developed for the use of a particular device or a platform. These applications can take advantage of the latest technology and provide optimized performance when compared to web or mobile cloud applications developed to be across multiple systems. Native applications are written in the code preliminarily used for the device and its operating system.
The native development tool is software used by the developers to create applications for a particular platform, system family, or devices like Android and iOS. These applications work with the device’s operating system which enables them to be more flexible and perform faster than other application types. For every mobile platform’s native application there is a different programming language, like:
Native applications can be installed directly on a mobile device and the data associated can either be stored remotely or on the device. The advantages of the native applications can be evaluated as follows:
A user interface that matches the user experience of the operating system
Fast, easy, and responsive software performance
Due to the underlying device capabilities, broad functionalities can be accessed
Quality assurance can be enhanced through app store ratings
With the ability to update maximum content on installation, native applications don’t require regular updates as it is a bit more complex when compared to hybrid applications. However, the newest updates are made available to the users without any hassles.
Native applications are fast and responsive as they are compiled using core programming language and APIs. Built for a specific platform, native applications allow to leverage the device’s processing speed. While navigating through the application, all the elements are already stored on the phone which means that the load time is quick.
When two applications are developed in two different codebases maintenance is easier when compared to two applications in a single codebase. With native application development, there are fewer bugs’ possibilities as you do not have to rely on cross-platform tools such as Cordova and Xamarin.
It is easier for the designers and developers to apply the best standards and practices with the unified UI/UX when compared to hybrid applications.
Developed for a single platform, native applications can be configured very quickly which makes them easier to scale. This is advantageous, giving a superior user experience.
Whatsaap is a commonly-used messaging service developed as a native application for iOS and Android phones. This platform is downloaded by over 2B people globally in more than 180 countries.
Spotify- a digital music service hub that gives users access to thousands of songs and podcasts from media companies and record labels globally. It is a well-liked native application and is a must-have application to be installed on smartphones by music lovers.
Pokemon Go is an AR mobile game that was made to turn the real world into a game map encouraging people to travel around the real world. It was a breakout hit in the App Store in 2016 and revolutionized the concept of mobile gaming.
This application is a music sharing and online audio distribution platform that allows the creators to upload, promote and share publicly and privately. It is a digital signal processor enabling music fans to stream audio and is available on the desktop and mobile applications for Android and iOS.