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Native or Hybrid – Apptions to consider

Introduction

The App-mania that began in 2008, has paved the way for a billion-dollar industry. While the app economy is pegged to reach $101 billion by 2020, this year it is projected to be around $50 billion. As of June 2016, there are over 4.5 million apps available for download. (Combined figure of number of apps available for Android and iOS users). With these numbers, it is apparent that apps are here to stay and they mean big business.

Native and Hybrid Apps

There are two main types of Apps – Native and Hybrid.

Hybrid App vs Native App

                         Hybrid App vs Native App

Here’s a quick 101:

Native apps – Apps that have been developed for use on a particular platform or device. Because native apps are written for a specific platform, they can interact with and take advantage of operating system features and other software typically installed on that platform, for example Camera, GPS, etc. Technologies used are Java for Android and Objective C/Swift for iOS. Example: Facebook (Here’s Why Facebook went Native)

Hybrid apps – Apps built mostly using cross-compatible web technologies, such as, HTML5, CSS and JS and then wrapped in a native application by frameworks such as Cordova and Ionic, which provide necessary hardware plugins, like Camera, push notifications, etc. Example – Amazon Appstore (Learn about Amazon’s penchant for Hybrid)

 

Which one to choose? Each side has its own evangelists, listing out their pros. But we give you a comparison that will help you to quickly grasp the key points. Here’s a info-graphic of the comparison!

 

Native vs Hybrid App

                                                                           

Tabular Comparison

Criteria Native Hybrid
Quick time to market

The time taken by the app to hit the market. While native apps require a long development period, hybrid apps are faster to build

 

Slow

 

Fast

External Dependency

If your app is dependent on phone components such as Camera, GPS, etc. then it is better to go for a Native app. Hybrid apps can be built with plugins to access these features, but there will always be an external dependency on third-party developers.

 

Independent

 

Dependent on 3rdparty plugins

Development & Training Efforts

Specialist developers on Java and Objective C to work on Native Apps. However, for Hybrid app, it would suffice for the developer to be aware of HTML5, CSS and JS.

 

High budget

 

Low budget

User Experience

Users report better experience on Native apps than Hybrid apps. Native allows developers to use standardized UI controls, which makes interfaces more natural to users.

 

Higher UX score

 

Lower UX score

 

 

 

Now that you have a fair idea, which side are you on? Team Native or Team Hybrid?

Stepout2Play: Asli Panga starts tomorrow!

Sports fever has gripped the country once again, and this time for a reason other than cricket. While we ‘bleed blue’ for cricket, it is apparent that other sports are fast gaining attention among Indians. The tremendous success of the Pro Kabaddi League stands testimony to this fact.

Now onto its fourth season, the league has captured the imagination of millions of spectators. Such is the reach, that this season will see 24 international players from 12 countries of the likes of South Korea, United Kingdom, Sri Lanka, Japan and more.

With the Pro Kabaddi League promos hitting TV screens, fans are geared for exciting showdowns in the much-awaited Season 4. Expectations are running high, courtesy the nail-biting moments and action-packed performances delivered in the previous seasons. The question on everybody’s mind is who will clinch the title this time? The champions, Patna Pirates, or the defending champions U Mumba? Or, is this the season of the underdog, Puneri Paltan?

Well, during Season 3, AgilizTech’s in-house oracle, Guddu, decided to stop wondering and start predicting! Guddu devised an analytical model that can foretell a match’s outcome solely on the basis of the teams’ past performances. Last season, 55% of the predictions came true! Now, Guddu is back with a new, improvised model to tell you who will most likely be this season’s superstars, for every match, every day!

Guddu’s predictions are available on our website http://sportsnews.stepout2play.com. Watch this space for Pro Kabaddi Season 4 daily match updates, season summary and more.

AgilizTech harnesses Neo4j technology for safer Social Media experience

Social Media has taken the world by storm, with around 2.3 billion active users. Facebook, the social media giant, alone witnesses a steady traffic of 1.09 billion users every single day! But did you know that out of these, a whopping 83 million are fake profiles?

While some of these fake accounts are used by crafty businesses for their marketing gimmicks, others use them for ‘special’ purposes. Many of us have been contacted through ‘Chats’ and ‘Pokes’ by at least one of these fake strangers. And sometimes these interactions morph into something serious. We are not talking about the social media love affairs that are glamourized by Bollywood. It is time to have a look at the darker side.

The Darker Side of Social Media
In this video, Coby Persin conducts social experiments using fake Facebook accounts on tweens and teenagers. Watch the victims throw caution to the winds, and meet strangers in unsupervised conditions! An instance closer home. A few months ago, Kusum Singal, 30, was found murdered at her flat in Bangalore. The culprit was her social media ‘buddy’, a man she befriended online and invited home. The man visited her, demanded money and when couldn’t have it, killed Kusum and robbed her house.

What is it that makes us believe in total strangers? What makes us invite such dangers into the sanctuary that is our home? A spirit of spontaneity and adventure maybe, which boomerangs on the unsuspecting. Can we do something to filter out this menace that lurks in our social accounts?

The answer is yes.

Predicting Social Personalities
We at AgilizTech proposed a way to sift out the fakes from the genuine. At Neo4j GraphGist’s Winter Challenge, our team (consisting of Shyamraj Sampath and Prabhu Raam) presented a unique resolution, using the Neo4j technology. A solution that allows behavioral pattern analysis of social media accounts. If an account displays suspicious characteristics (as depicted in the picture), it is brought under the scanner.

Identifying Predatory Tendencoes

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Once the analysis is complete, a score is awarded to the profile, thus divulging the ‘friend’s’ real intentions. If the score is high, this fake profile is flagged and the concerned authorities are notified with a request to monitor and take suitable action. The idea received accolades from the panel of judges and was touted as a creative response.
You can learn more about this solution at the GraphGist site. The predatory tendency identification model is an evolving one, and there is definite scope for improvement. As new characteristics are uncovered every day, the model gets strengthened, thus tightening the hold over online predators. We are open to suggestions from the good Samaritans online and value contributions to make social media safer.

While social media gives us some great moments, it is vital to tread with caution. After all, ‘All that glitters is not gold’.

What do you think are some measures that can prevent such social media frauds?  We would like to hear from you in the Comments section.