Hybrid applications encompass native and web applications such that it reduces the development costs, offers comfortable access to the device data and also works offline with various OS and platforms. The combination of Javascript, CSS3, and HTML5 power helps in developing hybrid application with the recent frameworks such as Appcelerator, PhoneGap, Sencha, and lots more.

Technically, hybrid apps consist within a native wrapper a HTML5 web app. This is an app used for Android, iOS, and other mobile platforms. The recent technologies also include from Facebook and Google, the React Native and Flutter. These apps may be deployed easily across multiple platforms and it is the faster solution that is also cheaper to develop a mobile app.

Hybrid apps behave same as the native apps and work across platforms. Users can install the hybrid app on their device as they would install any native app, but the fact is that it is actually a web app. These apps types are run in Webview. Hybrid application development does everything that HTML5 can do and also incorporate the features of native apps. Actually, this is possible as a wrapper acts between platforms as a bride allowing to access native features.

A hybrid app comprises of two parts. The first is built using languages for the back-end code such as Javascript, HTML, and CSS. The second is a downloadable native shell and it gets loaded the code using a webview.

Hybrid mobile app Advantages

  • Built on web technology so it is build easily and faster.
  • Cheaper in comparison to a native app.
  • One app suitable for all platforms.
  • There is no need of any browser in comparison to a web app
  • Access to the internal APIs of the devices that allows accessing storage, camera, etc.
  • Faster to develop relatively than the native apps as a single code base is used.

Choosing the right app type

Prior to deciding to develop a hybrid app, there is a need for an organization to consider certain factors such as:

  • The user target group?
  • How users will access the app?
  • Should the app need update frequently?
  • Level of complexity of functionalities required developing?
  • What are the development resources?
  • Is there a need to use devices featuring native functionalities?
  • What is the user experience you wish to offer to your users?
  • Should it be readily obtainable in app stores?