Native App, Web App & Hybrid App - in a Nutshell.

    Hey There, There are several web applications running out there on the Internet. But you know what?

These are categorized mainly into 3 types
1. Web Apps,
2. Native Apps,
3. Hybrid Apps.

So now let's check out one by one. In this article, we will see the differences between Web, Native & Hybrid Apps.

So, If you want to what exactly does the Native, Web & Hybrid Apps mean, Just stick along and this article would help you do it very easily. If we are done wasting time.

Let's just keep all the things aside and Let the tech begin!

Web App

They are built using regular web Technologies like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. They are made to run directly on a browser(directly as a website), they don't have any apps on the play store or app store.

They are built to a mobile-first approach which means they are responsive to any device screens (especially for mobile). There is no need to learn other programming languages like Java for android and Swift for iOS to build web apps.

Easy to maintain because they are directly used as a website so maintaining a website is comparatively easy than a standard app. It runs on any device unless it has a browser to run.

Some of the real-world examples of web apps are, Google docs, Forbes, etc. And many of the present big Tech companies like Netflix, Amazon, Facebook were Web Apps before launching their own native app or Hybrid app.

Native App

Native apps are built with their(platform) native programming languages. For the Android platform, Java is used and for the iOS objective, C or swift is used.

They have their own icon and published it to the app store or play store. They have interactive and engaging UI than a web app.

Faster than web app but need to rewrite code once again to distribute to other platforms. They have features like using the camera, location, storage, and other APIs.

Almost every app which is available in stores is a Hybrid App.

Hybrid App

There are a lot more similarities between Native and React app but the main difference is that the way they build with.

As the name says Hybrid App is built by combining Web Technologies with 'Reactive'ness. We use HTML, CSS, and Javascript with some other Frameworks like React, Ionic, Angular, etc.

We use these Frameworks to enhance the work of the app and building cross-platform code. With only one programming language i.e JavaScript, we are making it work on different platforms like android and iOS.

They have the same features like storage, location, camera, and others as that of Native App. It's really difficult to identify the real-world applications whether they are hybrid or react.

But Netflix, Instagram uses Frameworks like React to provide better UX and UI to users. They are Faster than Native App.

Three Ways to Identify

  • Creating a website directly on the browser - Web App.
  • Creating an app using SDK like Android Studio - Native App.
  • Creating an app using Frameworks like Ionic, React - Hybrid App.


Overall, those were the differences among these 3 types of applications. If we missed out on any basic differences among them, tell us about them in the comments below!

So, That was all about the differences between Native, Web, and Hybrid Apps. Keep supporting Techniverse Spotted for more cool and interesting stuff.

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