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If you’re building a mobile app, you’ve got a decision to make: Hybrid or native? Once a lopsided contest in favor of native development, the evolution of platforms, plug-ins and mobile device hardware has levelled the playing field. Yet history has a way of holding on — let’s debunk the top myths around hybrid apps and their impact.

Myth 1: Down Low, Too Slow

The big one: Hybrid apps are too slow for mobile. Here’s the thing. Five years ago, this was fairly accurate, since API tech hadn’t come into its own. Now, tools such as Apache Cordova and Ionic make it possible to containerize mobile app code — mostly HTML5, CSS and JavaScript — which can access all device functions regardless of underlying OS. Are there still cases where native will outpace hybrid? Absolutely, but it’s the exception. Not the rule.

Myth 2: Three Dressed Up as a Nine

Another popular myth? Hybrid apps don’t look as good as their native counterparts. Again, when APIs were under development and native apps were the go-to solution, this wasn’t off-base. Now, it’s possible to add the visual bells and whistles users expect without hampering performance — since you’re using API plug-ins, without building code from scratch.

Myth 3: To Market, To Market

It’s easier to get native apps to market. Right? Nope. Since both iOS and Android have embraced hybrid apps, there’s no barrier to either app store. Plus, using common plug-ins means you can skip the part where your developer needs to build custom code from the ground up. The real deal? Native apps can sometimes take months longer to hit the market than hybrid offerings. Meaning, someone else could beat you to the punch.

Myth 4: So Insecure

Because hybrid apps leverage JavaScript, there’s a persistent myth that they’re less secure than native versions. This is true — if you make no effort to secure your app whatsoever. In reality, native apps can also be insecure: It’s not down to the underlying technology, but the protections you create. Choose a hybrid app developer that obfuscates its JavaScript and uses SSL connections to make HTTP requests, and you’ll match native security.

Myth 5: The End All, Be All

If hybrid apps are so great, they must be great at everything. Not quite. Just because hybrid apps offer lower development costs, reduced time to market and easier updating, it doesn’t mean they’re perfect. Consider: Calculation-heavy apps — those that are graphically intensive or need to constantly run in the background aren’t ideal hybrid contenders. Though not being great at everything doesn’t negate the huge advantages of going hybrid. Find the right developer to help you figure out what type of mobile application best suits your needs and budget.

Don’t believe everything you hear. Bust the myths by collaborating with hybrid-first mobile developer — SnapMobile — to maximize app impact. Ready? Let’s talk.