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Android Native vs Capacitor

How does Android Native compare to Capacitor?
See the pros and cons of each framework, target platforms and more.

Android Native

Android Native

Capacitor

Capacitor

About

  • Maintainer

    Google
  • Initial Release

    September 23, 2008
  • Maintainer

    Ionic
  • Initial Release

    May 22, 2019

Community

Languages

  • Java
  • Kotlin
  • JavaScript
  • TypeScript
  • HTML
  • CSS

Target Platforms

  • ✓ Android
  • ✓ Android Auto
  • ✓ Android TV
  • iOS
  • Linux
  • macOS
  • tvOS
  • watchOS
  • ✓ Wear Os
  • Windows
  • ✓ Android
  • Android Auto
  • Android TV
  • ✓ iOS
  • Linux
  • macOS
  • tvOS
  • watchOS
  • Wear Os
  • Windows

✅Strengths

  • Official SDK

    Native Android apps are built using the official Android development tools, which provide access to the latest features and functionality of the Android platform.

  • Performance

    Native Android apps perform better than hybrid apps as they have direct access to device hardware and the underlying operating system.

  • User Interface

    Developers can use built-in UI elements to create a consistent interface that follows the Android design guidelines.

  • User Experience

    Native Android apps offer a familiar user experience for Android users.

  • Ecosystem

    Developers can build apps for other Android-based systems like Smartphones, Wear OS, Android TV and Android Auto.

  • Large Community

    Android has a very large and active developer community, which means there is plenty of documentation, tutorials, and examples available to help developers build apps for Android.

  • Cross-platform

    Capacitor allows developers to build mobile apps for multiple platforms, including Android and iOS, using a single codebase.

  • Native APIs

    Capacitor provides a bridge between the web technologies and the native APIs of the operating systems. This means that developers can access native functionality such as camera, contacts, and file storage.

  • Web Technologies

    Developers can use web technologies like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to build mobile apps with Capacitor, which they may already be familiar with. This can make development faster and more comfortable.

  • Plugins

    Capacitor has a plugin system that allows developers to extend the functionality of their apps. There are many plugins available to help developers build apps faster.

🛑Weaknesses

  • Cross-platform

    Developers have to build separate apps using a different framework to target other platforms like iOS, Windows and macOS.

  • Performance

    Apps built with Capacitor may not perform as well as those built natively due to the overhead introduced by the webview.

  • Emerging Community

    Capacitor is a relatively new framework, which means that there is not a lot of tutorials, and examples available to help developers apps.

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