February 17, 2021

Selecting the Right Technology Stack for Mobile Development

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Selecting The Right Technology Stack For Mobile Development
Delivering the experience mobile users expect is a balancing act, involving considerations of the relative performance characteristics of different technology stacks and approaches to development, along with their associated learning curves and costs.

Insights

Connecting with and sustaining the interest of mobile users can be challenging, in large part because they have exceptional expectations for how the apps they use look, feel and perform.
A Think With Google study found even a one-second delay in mobile loading times reduced conversions by 20%, while negative mobile experiences decreased future purchase intent by 62%.
Fortunately, there are multiple viable options available, covering a wide range of budgets, development team capabilities and business requirements.

Determining if native, native cross-platform, hybrid, progressive web app (PWA) or responsive mobile website development is the best fit for your circumstance can be a challenge.

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The following table offers a high-level overview of how the main options stack up across key criteria including performance and overall cost:

Native
Apps
Cross-Platform
Native Apps
Hybrid
Apps
Responsive
Web Apps
PWAs
Relative
Performance
Highest High Medium
to low
Lowest Medium
to low
Main Programming
Languages
Swift (iOS),
Kotlin
(Android)
JavaScript
(React Native),
Dart (Flutter)
HTML,
CSS and
Javascript
HTML,
CSS and
Javascript
HTML,
CSS and
Javascript
Cross-Platform? No Yes Yes Yes, but
more limited
on iOS
Yes, but
more limited
on iOS
Hardware & OS
Integration
Highest High High Lowest Medium
to low
Distribution
Channel
Official
app stores
Official
app stores
Official
app stores
Web Web
Development
& Maintenance
Costs
High Medium Low Low Low
Development
Speed
Slow Medium
to slow
Fast Fastest Fast
Run Offline? Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Live Updates
& CodePush?
No Depends Yes Yes Yes

Various options available for mobile development:

  • Native Apps
  • Cross-Platform Native Apps
  • Hybrid Apps
  • Responsive Mobile Web Apps
  • Progressive Web Apps
Selecting The Right Technology Stack For Mobile Development
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