What Is A Native Application?

Written by Indicative Team


Native Application Defined

A native application is a software program which is developed for a particular device, platform or operating system.

Native apps are written in the code primarily used for the selected device and its operating system. For example, in the case of mobiles, there are two main operating system platforms:

  • Apple’s iOS – which is written in Swift or Objective-C
  • Google’s Android – which is written in Java.

The advantages of using native applications include:

  • Allowing for broader functionalities
  • Fast and responsive software performance
  • Push notifications
  • A user interface that allows for better user experience 
  • Quality assurance 

Disadvantages of native applications include:

  • Having multiple code bases because each device has its own version of the software
  • The cost for developers to build and manage a code base for each individual platform
  • Time spent on multiple builds for separate platforms 

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