Native or Hybrid??—?Let’s cook biriyani.

Biriyani for most Indian’s is like pizza for most of the western people. Once they start craving for it, they will only want more.

If we can imagine the same urge in creating the right app for your business, it is very common to face a basic confusion. Which app would suit the best for you?—?Native or Hybrid?

Biriyani can be ordered online, or you could call a chef home to cook it for you. Either way, you eat biriyani but they would definitely taste different. Similarly, though both native and hybrid apps satisfy the needs and basic functionality of any app, they majorly differ in their UX (User Experience) and UI (User Interface).

Native apps are like calling the chef(Developer) home to cook ‘the biriyani’ that you need. As there are different varieties of biriyani from different origins like Hyderabad, Dindukal etc, we need different apps for different platforms like iOS, Android etc. It is very important to retain the unique taste of each variety and creating what you precisely want.

Hybrid app on the other hand, is like ordering from a restaurant, they provide one variety of biriyani to everyone. It is definitely easier, saves time and effort, but you can hardly customize it. It is the goto option if you think all apps are the same and you just need an app, up and running as soon as possible.


Native apps are written in specific languages for different platforms, let’s look into the major market players, iOS and Android. Two different app versions have to be built for your app using ‘Swift or Objective-C for iOS’ and ‘JavaScript for Android’. Two versions double the development process increasing its cost and time.

Hybrid apps are actually websites wrapped inside a native app container. So it is built similar to web apps using HTML, CSS and JavaScript with a single base code written, that runs in all mobile platforms seamlessly. Hybrid apps are also built on other platforms like PhoneGap by Cordova and Canvas.


What is biriyani without flavours and what is an app without its features, the more it offers the better we remember it for. As native apps are built platform specific, they can easily access and use the inbuilt hardware elements like camera, mic, GPS, accelerometer etc. They can send push notifications and provide the best in class security, performance and offline mode.

Hybrid tastes a bit different with its portability and the ability to access inbuilt hardware elements through plug-ins. They do not need API’s as everything is handled via the web.


Your taste buds are replaced every ten days.

Updates are something inevitable for any app and it needs to be addressed, hybrid apps can be updated with ease, as we are changing things only on the server which then loads into the app, without any need to update the app itself.

Updating a native app involves the user, every update has to wait for approval from the respective app store before it can be installed manually by the user.

Still hungry and Confused?

For any business seeking growth, native apps are clear winners. Hybrid apps help only with the initial phase with their low cost and faster build in time. But what if you can build native apps as fast as hybrid and at a much cheaper cost?

Can you cook the biriyani yourself? Well, we don’t know about cooking biriyani, but we know building a fully functional native app is much easier than that. With low code platforms like Zoho Creator, building an app has become as simple as drag and drop. That is all it takes to build an app.

Low code apps could be your ultimate solution, it cuts down the cost and time drastically yet giving all the native features to the apps created. Apps built on creator can be accessed seamlessly over different platforms with high end UX and UI.

Zoho creator comes with more than 50 pre-built apps that suit businesses and customer relations across a wide range of fields. Visit for your 14 day trial where you can install apps and start using it right away or create your app from scratch. Now, it is time you push aside the confusion between native or hybrid, low code it is. Let’s cook biriyani.

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