Cross Platform vs Native Application

Compared to native apps, HTML5 apps have some advantages and limitations:

HTML5 vs Native Apps

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  • Working on all mobile devices and OS
  • Offline support
  • Contents contained in the app can be found by search engines
  • Updates and bugs fixing are immediately available to all users
  • Distribution and support is much easier
  • No dependency on app stores
  • Faster and cheaper to develop


  • Limited access to native device functionality (camera, contacts, calendar, notifications)
  • Browser fragmentation
  • No secure offline storage
  • Difficult to discover as it is not listed in any app store.
  • No guarantee of safety and security of the app
  • Performance can be slower than native apps