A hybrid mobile app is the one that offers a combination of both web and native applications. Hybrid app is also referred to as a web app, basically built using JavaScript and HTML5. This is later wrapped in a skinny native container providing access to the features of native platform. One such example is PhoneGap that is prominent to create hybrid mobile applications.

Mostly, hybrid apps offer the world’s best of both. This is a significant reason that the existing web developers have become gurus and they optimize JavaScript, pushing CSS to develop beautiful layouts, and write compliant HTML codes that operates on any platform and creates sophisticated mobile applications. The best part is you need not forfeit or give up the cool native capabilities.

The native apps are available on the device as installed, while the HTML5 apps reside on a web server. This may bring you imagining if the hybrid mobile apps store their files on a server or on the device. In fact, a hybrid app follows two ways of implementing:

  • Local – You can have within the mobile application binary the Java Script and HTML as package. This will be similar to a native app. In such a scenario, you may REST the APIs to move forth and back the data between the cloud and the device.
  • Server- You may implement the entire web application for better performance from the server using the UIWebview, a thin shell.

Features of Hybrid application:

  • Integration with the file system of a device.
  • Integration with web-based services.
  • Functions regardless of whether the device is connected or not.
  • An embedded browser that allows improving access to online content.

Hybrid mobile applications are developed similar to other websites. The combination of technologies such as CSS, HTML, and JavaScript, is put into use. However, hybrid applications target within a native container a WebView, instead of a mobile browser and this enables them in doing things such as access hardware capabilities in a mobile device.

Today, hybrid mobile applications work in browser built-in environment such that it works on different mobile platforms. It may be easily downloaded from app store on the home screen and one can interact with the hardware of the Smartphone APIs, camera, geolocation, etc. The user experience is good, while the feel and look of the interface is identical to the website.

Pros

  • High development speed.
  • Access to the hardware API’ Smartphone’s
  • User experience almost close to UI elements of native apps.
  • Write code using HTML, JavaScript, CSS and you get iOS, Web-compatible software and Android.