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Android Native App Development

When, Android OS was born in 2003 its creators did not have phones in mind. At all. In fact, Android Inc, founded in Palo Alto, California, created their OS to be used in digital cameras. They described how they had created an OS that, when installed, would allow it to connect wirelessly to a PC.  That PC would then connect to an “Android Datacenter,” where camera owners could store photos online on a cloud server.

As the use of digital cameras was waning, Android Inc. decided to adapt their OS for a different purpose; to power smartphones. The rest is history and today more than 2.5 billion active Android devices globally.

There are a number of ways an app can be created for Android and while making use of a cross platform solution such as Flutter or React Native is popular there is also the option for Android Native App development.

Is a Native Android App the Right Choice For You?

When it comes to making a decision between commissioning a native Android app – and perhaps a second native iOS mobile app – versus a hybrid app there is no one right answer.

So how do you make the right decision? Here are some points to consider.

Who is in your audience?

First, determine your audience and what services you are going to use your mobile app to provide. If the app will be content-oriented, making use of the hybrid app framework will help you reach the widest possible audience at the most reasonable cost. However, if yours is an app that calls for the best possible level of security – a banking app perhaps – a native Android mobile app may be the best choice.

Who is in your audience?

Usually, hybrid app builds will be faster and less expensive than their native Android counterparts. There’s no need for two teams to work on two app builds.  will be less money and time-consuming. You won’t need to have two separate Android and iOS teams working on two different applications. One experienced team can create a hybrid mobile app that will function across both platforms.

Who is in your audience?

Most of the time, your audience won’t notice any difference between the native Android and hybrid app experiences. Both are constantly improving with new features and technologies. Both are great choices. You will need to make the one that’s right for you.

When you work with Novaflip we will be more than happy to help you make that decision. In our consultations we’ll outline the differences as they apply to your project and ensure that the choice you make works to create the mobile app experience you want for your project, whatever that might be.

Pros and Cons of Native Android Apps

Pros of Android Native Apps

When an Android mobile app is created natively it is, as the name suggests, coded and optimized specifically for the platform, using the platform’s core programming languages and APIs. This usually results in an app that offers the highest levels of efficiency. As users utilize a mobile app created natively for Android the contents and visual elements are already stored on the phone so load times are faster, offering a more seamless user experience.

Developing an Android app natively helps improve data protection and security.

Native Android mobile apps inherit their devices’ OS interfaces, which helps make them look and feel better integrated to the device they are running on, creating a superior user experience. Native apps can also often better take advantage of the hardware of the device including its  camera, microphone, GPS etc. so they execute faster, leading to better user experience.

Cons of Native Android apps

Like anything, there are certain cons to choosing native Android app development. Most of those offering a mobile app prefer to cater to both Android and iOS users, and developing two native apps, one native to iOS the other to Android, will be more expensive. The process is also likely to take longer, delaying an app’s time to market.

FAQs

Yes, to create the ultimate app you have to work natively, that’s not to say you won’t have an awesome app when using cross platform technologies, but if you need the most cutting edge native features you might not notice any difference.

Yes this is part of the service, whether Native or cross platform, we will help you setup any developer accounts required. This needs to be done before development commences and this is part of our onboarding procedure.

We use Android studio and Java or Kotlin depending on the requirements of the app, this is the standard way to build ANdroid apps.

There is a slight distinction between user bases in terms of free income, but there are also many more Android users. The key point is that if you solve a problem that users are willing to pay to have fixed, then they will pay for your solution on either platform.

We value our ongoing relationships with clients as much as the success of the apps that we build, support is a fundamental part of this, so the answer is a definitive yes!