The hybrid mobile application
Business owners face choices between native, web, and hybrid apps, with hybrids offering versatile, cost-effective, multi-platform solutions.
Many business owners express confusion when confronted with the possibility of launching their mobile app through multiple methods. Traditionally, the decision was less complex, as there were only two apps to choose from: the native app and the web app. Today, however, there is a new addition to the list: the hybrid app.
What is a hybrid app?
A hybrid app combines elements of both web and native apps. Web apps, generalised for several platforms, are not installed on a computer or other device but can be accessed over the internet. Native apps developed for a specific platform are installed on a computer or other device.
- The hybrid app, being a combination of both native and web apps, offers several features, including:
- The ability to constantly function whether the user’s device is online or not
- Integration with the file system of a device
- Improved access to online content via an embedded browser
- The ability to integrate with web-based services
Most of today’s apps are hybrid, offering features such as locally stored content and the ability to access online services.
Benefits of building a hybrid framework
There are many benefits to building a hybrid app:
- High-speed performance
- Low cost
- Ease of development
- Simple backend
- Attractive UI/UX designs
- Offline support
- Integration with other apps
- Multi-platform support
- Qualified for online marketplace
The hybrid app can also obtain increased visibility due to its ability to be distributed to mobile browsers via search engines and natively via app stores.
Hybrid framework tools
Those looking to develop hybrid apps can choose between multiple tools. The prominent leaders are PhoneGap and Appcelerator, while others include Mobile Angular UI, Sencha Touch, and Intel XDK.
As easy as it can be to create a hybrid app, the challenge is getting the app to run correctly on each platform. This can take much work, so choosing to develop a hybrid app depends on the app’s simplicity and how close a developer wants to get the user to a native experience.
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