Native vs. cross-platform mobile app. Comparing the pros and cons.

What’s the right development approach for your new mobile app? 

Should you build a native app for iOS or Android? Or take a cross-platform approach and build for both? Your development team can advise you, but ultimately the decision is in your hands. 

First, you’ll want to be clear on your terminology. You’ll also need to consider the needs and habits of your target users. Finally, you’ll want to understand the pros and cons of developing a native vs. cross-platform mobile app from a business perspective.

Choosing an approach to developing your new mobile app

As you move toward choosing an operating system (or systems), you’ll need to choose a development strategy. Will you be building a native or cross-platform app? In layman’s terms, will you be creating an app that’s customized specifically for one operating system, or an app that can be delivered across multiple platforms? There are a number of factors that come into play. Let’s weigh the pros and cons of native vs. cross-platform app development.

What are the pros and cons of building a native app?

The pros of building a native app

  • Highly customizable 
  • Fast performance
  • Works offline as well as online

The cons of building a native app

  • Longer development timeline (usually)
  • Slower downloads
  • Higher associated costs
  • Updates needed more often

Pros and cons of building a cross-platform app

The pros of building a cross-platform app

  • Works across multiple operating systems
  • Faster development timeline (usually)
  • Lower cost and time investment
  • Good fit for developing a minimum viable product (MVP)

The cons of building a cross-platform app

  • Some limitations on features and capabilities
  • Some limitations on layout and appearance
  • Slower performance speeds in some circumstances 

An additional note: you may have heard the term “hybrid app” before. Some people use the terms “cross-platform app” and “hybrid app” interchangeably, but they are not necessarily the same. Hybrid apps combine elements of native apps and web technology. This can be used to achieve a cross-platform app. In most cases, you will just need to compare native vs. cross-platform mobile app development.

Our approach

limetech logoLimeTech currently specializes in cross-platform app development using Flutter and React Native. We enjoy the faster development process and quicker time to market associated with this approach. 

Producing an app from a single codebase that reaches both iOS and Android customers is deeply satisfying, and works well for entrepreneurs building their first minimum viable product (MVP). If this is you, we are happy to help you out with your project. Get in touch for a fast and easy quote.


LimeTech is a creative tech company with a focus on innovation and adaptive change. We use technical know-how, design skills, and deep experience in entrepreneurship to help companies advance their business goals. Our specialties include mobile app development, website design, technology planning, and remote work solutions.