Worklight Native, Web or Hybrid

worklight.gifWhile the native apps vs web debate is fairly boring and over-discussed for mobile developers themselves, it’s nevertheless an important issue for companies considering mobile development. It nearly always comes up in initial conversations I have with companies and I have to explain the pros, cons and midway hybrid solutions.

Today, I came across a presentation on scribd by Worklight on "Native Web or Hybrid Mobile App Development?". It provides a great visual description of the various types of development and the tradeoffs. 

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From experience, one observation I have is that the type of development tends to be determined more by what the company wants to do vs what’s available via the web browser over and above  other considerations such as ease/time of development, how to distribute and the end user experience.