Which Technology Stack to Choose for Your Food Delivery Startup App, Native or Hybrid App?

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Online food ordering and delivery is the most successful and popular startup idea in the on-demand market after taxi booking. If you have decided to launch this startup, then I am sure you have made the right decision. Obviously, your first step on the technical side will be to develop the online food ordering app solution for both iOS and Android platforms. Whether it is iOS or Android platform, you have to choose any one of the two app development namely native app or hybrid app. 

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Native apps and hybrid apps are completely different although the end products are the same. Selecting anyone from the two depends on factors like time, cost, quality, and customizability.

The reason to make the decision is that the type of app influences the speed, scalability, security, user interface and code quality of the app. So, whether you are developing from scratch or getting a pre-built product, it is imperative to make the right decision. In this blog, we are going to see both the pros and cons of each app and also see which is apt for you.

Native App

Food delivery app like any other app is built using programming languages. For iOS app, Swift and Objective C are used and for Android, Java and Kotlin are used. When it comes to native app development, it is programmed and customized for a particular platform or device or operating system.

Native apps have the reliability to provide personalized performance using the latest technology in any platform without any shortfalls in speed, scalability, and security. Also, native apps require highly qualified and experienced developers. The cost factor will be definitely high to make the native app. 

Pros of Native Apps

Excellent User Experience

Hands down, native apps are the leader in this. I said about the personalized development for specific devices and platforms, and the main reason for personalized development is to get excellent user experience. For a food ordering startup, repeat usage is important for expansion and customer retention and poor user experience can spoil it and make the users move to alternatives.

Good Security

Customers and other users provide valuable details which they feel confidential like mobile no., address, location, payment details. These data must be resistant to breach and native apps assure that the user data will not be compromised.

Impeccable Performance

If for example the food delivery app is made in the native app specific to iOS and Android separately, both the iOS and Android mobile users will experience seamless performance while using the app. And the reason for this is the configuration of iOS and Android devices are different. Seamless performance in the sense there will be no crashing, loading, failure, etc while using.

Cons of Native Apps

High Cost and Long Time For Development

All the advantages of using native apps come at a compromise on cost and time. Highly experienced dedicated developers are needed which is not cost friendly. Since the app is specific to a certain OS or device, it takes a longer time to develop.

Hybrid App Development

In simple words, hybrid apps are developed as a standard solution for all devices irrespective of the operating systems like iOS, Android, and Windows. You can use the single coded language for apps on different platforms. With hybrid apps, it is not necessary to develop a personalized app for a particular OS or device which is a cumbersome process.

Pros of Hybrid App

Faster Development Time and Excellent Flexibility

It is estimated that for a food delivery app with a particular complexity, developing a hybrid app takes only a third of the time of the native app. This also means that a dedicated development team is not necessary and it can be outsourced.

One app for everything and greater space for customization. If you need to add any new feature in the app and for it to work on all platforms and devices you just need to alter only one coded program. Such is the level of flexibility.

Cost

Are you bootstrapping your online food ordering startup? Then, the hybrid app is the right choice because of the cost. Similar to the time taken, the cost is also less than a third of what it takes for the native app.

Cons of Hybrid App

Performance

Sometimes one size doesn’t fit all. Since the hybrid app is single coded for all platforms and devices, there is the problem of misfitting in some OS versions and devices. So, the performance is not on par with the native app.

Debugging

In the hybrid app there is an additional layer between the source code and the mobile operating platform. Sometimes, this layer makes the debugging problematic. But, if the developers are alert and experienced they can manage this problem well.

Which is Best For You?

There is no definitive answer for this because there are pros and cons for both the app and you have to select any one based on the details I have provided above. You must note down all the requirements, expectations and see which app fits your needs.

If cost is an issue for you then, I strongly recommend Hybrid app. Some may have good funding and their food delivery app wants to target a certain region where one OS is predominantly used and for them, personalized native app for that specific OS is better.

Maintenance wise hybrid apps outperform native app because of the single coded structure. With changing scenario in the food delivery market and the need to update frequently requires an app that is flexible and hybrid app is the right one for that.

Final Say!

By now I hope you have made a decision on which app is necessary for your on-demand food delivery startup. If Hybrid app is your choice, then I strongly recommend you to use SpotnEats food delivery app solution. It is the flagship product of ours and it is mainly aimed at budding entrepreneurs who want to make big in the on-demand market.

SpotnEats is readily available and open for customization. Our developer and design team can seamlessly do any personalization and try to bring it on par with apps like Ubereats and Foodpanda. The issue of debugging will be strategically handled by our team. 

For more details and queries on our hybrid food delivery app, drop a message to [email protected]

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About the author

Steven Smith

I am working as a Senior product developer and have developed and delivered Web and Mobile products for numerous clients.

By Steven Smith