The Three Musketeers of Mobile App Development

Developing mobile applications has become a crucial aspect of reaching and engaging users. When it comes to mobile app development, there are three main approaches: web-based, native, and hybrid. Each approach offers its own set of advantages and considerations. In this blog post, we will dive into the details of these approaches and explore their strengths and weaknesses.

Development # 1: Web-Based Mobile Application

Web-based development involves creating applications that are stored on remote servers and accessed through web browsers. These applications are platform-independent and rely on languages such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. One of the major benefits of web-based development is its compatibility across multiple platforms. Any device with a web browser can access these applications. They also offer cost-effectiveness as the code only needs to be written once to work on various platforms. However, there may be performance and user experience trade-offs compared to native development.

Development # 2: Native Mobile Application

Native development focuses on creating applications that are specifically designed for a particular platform, such as Android or iOS. These applications are downloaded and installed from app stores. Native development requires using platform-specific programming languages and APIs, such as Java/Kotlin for Android and Objective-C/Swift for iOS. Native apps provide superior performance, rich user experiences, and access to proprietary APIs. However, developing native applications can be time-consuming and costly since separate codebases need to be created for each platform.

Development # 3: Hybrid Mobile Application

Hybrid development combines the best of both worlds by leveraging web technologies and accessing native APIs. Hybrid apps are developed using hybrid development frameworks like Apache Cordova, enabling developers to create a single codebase that can be deployed across multiple platforms. These apps utilize web code (HTML, CSS, JavaScript) and rely on a JavaScript bridge to access native device functionalities. Hybrid apps offer advantages such as reduced development time and costs compared to native apps. However, they may have limitations based on the capabilities of the JavaScript bridge and can sometimes exhibit performance differences compared to native apps.


Choosing the right approach for mobile application development depends on various factors such as project requirements, budget, and target audience. Web-based development provides broad platform compatibility and cost-effectiveness but sacrifices some performance and user experience aspects. Native development offers the best performance, rich user experiences, and access to platform-specific features, but requires separate codebases for each platform. Hybrid development strikes a balance by leveraging web code and accessing native APIs, reducing development time and costs. Ultimately, understanding the strengths and weaknesses of each approach will help developers make informed decisions and create successful mobile applications.

We at Majisti inc, create mobile apps using React Native and ExpoJs (either as a full React Native app or as a WebView shell with a PWA behind). It excludes native mobile development using Kotlin or other similar platforms.

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