When it comes to developing mobile apps, there are a couple of concepts you need to understand. Knowing the type of available mobile and and handheld devices leads to which type of mobile app to be suitable in terms of market and usability.

Two of the most common mobile platforms are Android and iOS which covers more than 90% of the global market. Windows and other platforms constitute the remaining market share.

There are three types of mobile apps

  • Native
  • Hybrid
  • Hybrid Native
  • Responsive web apps


Native apps are those apps developed for specific mobile platform. If you target iOS platforms then the application to be developed should be designed and implemented based on the platforms guidelines and standards. Native apps are usually efficient and are good in terms of performance, reliability and compatibility. The most common native mobile apps for Android and iOs.


Hybrid apps are those apps developed for multiple mobile platforms. You can develop a single app and run it on various mobile devices. This takes a different development approach and uses various tools in order to compile the app into the target devices. One advantage of developing hybrid apps is saving developer resources at the expense of performance and user interfaces. Hybrid apps usually use web technologies such as Javascript and HTML5.

Hybrid Native

Like Hybrid apps, Hybrid Native apps are developed for multiple mobile platforms. The difference is that Hybrid Native apps use standard programming languages such as Java and C# which can compiled to the target devices. This has an added advantage to the mobile apps in terms of performance and usability when compared to Hybrid apps. The performance of Hybrid Native apps almost similar to those of native apps. Xamarin is one of the best technologies for developing hybrid native mobile apps. You can develop apps for iOS, Android and Windows using Xamarin framework.

Responsive Web Apps

Responsive web apps are ordinary web apps bur run on various mobile devices smoothly. Though the web apps are accessible from any devices that supports browsers, their underlying design principles are mobile first and they are used seamlessly by end users.