HTML5 vs Native Apps: Facts & Head to Head Comparison
Rise of mobile web has certainly sparked the war between native apps versus HTML5, and as a result of which everyone is heard defending their favorite side for apps development. In terms of application development especially for iOS and android, year 2012 belonged to HTML5 and was solely responsible for taking internet by storm.
But, groups defending native apps believe that HTML5 is still not mature enough to keep it promises. Missing APIs, weaker UI and difficulty in routing ads makes HTML5 an inferior product. Even Mark Zuckerberg stated that betting totally on HTML5 was our biggest mistake.
Abide to the fact that nothing is 100% and perfect in the world, both of them have their own pros and cons. On some important facets of apps development, we will compare HTML5 with native apps. By this comparison, we will try to discover which platform is going to dominate the web on mobile in coming future.
Points of Comparison
Rich User Interface and Performance – Compared to HTML5, native apps are far better on using functions of its respective device. HTML5 faces challenges in accessing device native features across all mobile browsers. It also lacks in rendering graphically rich UI and presentations. Native apps are the winner here.
Cross Platform Compatibility – Applications based on HTML5 are blessed with cross platform compatibility features. HTML5 apps are “write once and run anywhere” where as Native apps run on their respective platforms. Hence, HTML5 is the winner here.
Immediate updates and Distribution control – HTML5 surpasses native apps with its advantage of openness. Being web based language; no one can claim on HTML5 and slow down its update release process nor it can put control on app revenue. Bit slow in supporting new features of latest mobile devices, but still HTML5 is the winner.
Monetization – The native app stores including both Apple’s iTunes and Google’s play store are far better than that of HTML5’s individual vendors selling their apps online. This time, Native app is the winner.
Fragmentation Challenges – Both are facing similar problems of fragmentation but of different categories. Due to its cross platform characteristic, HTML5 wins that race and is ultimately the winner.
HTML5 is “The Supremo” But Native App is “The Dictator”
At the end of comparison, it can be easily predicted that HTML5 is the “Supremo” but native apps are still “The Dictator” in some elements of app development. Apple has delivered some brilliant executions with their iAd mobile advertising product that allows end users to look 360 degrees around any object.
Different people have different opinions over HTML5 and Native app, but the bottom line is, company must consider many points before executing its mobile strategy. At the end, skills of programmers that you hire also act as a deciding factors. In today’s fast moving mobile world, it’s better to act wise and play safe so that you don’t fall behind.