In this competitive world, we are looking for those applications which are faster to download, easy to understand, better User Interface and available to run on more devices and different platforms. In this article, we are going to discuss the benefits of React Native over hybrid app development. But, before we jump into comparing both the platform, let’s have quick look at native and hybrid application development. Hybrid app frameworks are developed using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript which shares the same code for both iOS and Android. On the other hand, React Native applications are developed with the language like Swift and Objective C for iOS and Java is used for Android. In native application code cannot be shared on a different platform.

Let’s have a quick comparison of React Native over hybrid app development

Write once run anywhere

React native: It doesn’t follow write once and run anywhere. It follows the native behavior of the platform.

Hybrid: It runs the same code for the different platform. Thus, it follows the method of write once and runs anywhere. Hybrid has the capacity to work on both platforms with the same logic.

Testing with development

React Native: During app development, you do not need to refresh the whole page while you make any change in the code. It automatically modifies the result         

Hybrid: Same as React Native, whenever you preview the result in a browser it instantly refreshes the result with changes.

Developer’s experience

React Native: It is not very tough to build. Due to native views only, there is no need of Web view. You do not need to check it in every browser that makes it easy and less time-consuming.

Hybrid: During hybrid application development, it automatically inherits all the issues of Web view. Therefore, you need to check it across all browsers that is more time to consume and hard to build.

The Language Stack

React native: It is based on JavaScript and it uses JavaScript with HTML but it is not essential that is why we can call it as JSX.

Hybrid: It works on Model-view-controller pattern and in this method, view, and logic both work independently. It works on an Angular and JavaScript framework.


React Native: You can inherit various types of plugin in react native. You can even use Cordova and PhoneGap plugins.

Hybrid: In Hybrid, there is a high chance of an existing plugin. PhoneGap and Cordova are there. Although, many developers sell plugins like ionic for Hybrid app development.

User experience

React Native: It gives native look and feel, thus the performance will be much better than Hybrid. Additionally, react native is a huge library so you can get an actual result of your expectation.

Hybrid: Performance of the Hybrid application is lower in comparison with React Native. Because the application is originally built for web pages so the performance will differ in all the devices. Especially, Things get inferior to the low-end phones.

React Native over hybrid app development

Conclusion: In this article, we are not going to degrade any of the platforms because they both work individually and have their separate identity. Both do well therefore neither is better than other. However, React native is extremely fast and responsive compared to Hybrid. On the basis of performance, one should choose React Native over hybrid app development.