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What is Hybrid App Development and how can it help you?

Hybrid apps combine native and web solutions. The web technologies are used to create the application’s core. This article will dive into hybrid app development.

You may be overwhelmed with options when choosing a solution to build a mobile app. But you don’t know where to start. Are you able to build your app using native solutions? Is it a good idea to have your team only develop with web technologies? What about hybrid solutions? These are just a few of the many questions you might have when deciding which route is best for your company.

It’s important that you remember to consider the following factors when choosing the right solution for your next or first application. These include your budget, timeline, experience with technology, and target audience.

 

Let’s now look at the main types of mobile app development. We will also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each. You should now have a better understanding of the options and be able find the best solution for your mobile app development goals. Let’s first define our genres.

 

What is a Native Mobile App and how does it work?

A native mobile app is an application written in the native language and tools for that platform. An example would be a native iOS app written in Swift or Objective-C, compiled with X code and compiled with Android Studio. A native Android application would be developed using Java or Kotlin and compiled with Android Studio.

 

These applications are built using the platform’s default solution, so developers have easy access to all of the device’s features, including the sensors, user’s address book and any new technology. Because their code is closer in nature to the’metal,’ native applications are more efficient. Native applications are faster and can access all the native user interface (UI), controls and layouts. You will likely style them to match your application’s theme but they will need to act and interact as any other UI element on the platform.

Any application written in Swift for iOS cannot be used on Android. This means that you will need to create an application specifically for each platform. If you want to make your app available for both iOS or Android, this can result in a higher budget and larger team. Your application can only be downloaded through the respective app stores on each platform, so it is subject to their restrictions and rules. The same approval process must be followed for each release, regardless of whether it’s a new feature, or a bug fix. The Apple App Store can take up to two weeks to approve.

What is a Web Application?

Some people find this risky uncertainty of having your application approved and verified by anonymous app-store gatekeepers too risky. Some top-tier apps have been reported to be in violation of regulations and removed from the App Store, which can lead to revenue loss. Developers have decided to build a web-only app, which allows them to be independent from the app-stores, and to offer their application to both desktop and mobile users. These web apps are HTML, CSS, JavaScript and traditional web applications. You can use a variety of libraries and frameworks, including React, Vue and plain-vanilla JavaScript.

This approach to development means that your mobile app is limited to the capabilities and quirks of the user’s mobile browser. It will not have full access the user’s device, such as their address book or other information. This has been improved over time with features such as GPS and camera access, but depending on your application this could be an issue.

Common web technology controls such as tab navigator, are not easily accessible. This makes it difficult to develop applications. Tab navigator is not natively available and must be recreated. This could cause your application to not work properly. Fortunately, most UI libraries take great care to replicate the majority of the UI components required for your app. This reduces the risk.

 

What is a Hybrid Mobile App and how does it work?

This hybrid solution combines both web and native solutions. The web technologies are used to write the core of an application. These web technologies can then be encapsulated in a native app. These applications have full access to all features of the mobile device by using plugins. Let’s look at how this all works together.

A hybrid-mobile app is still based on HTML, CSS, JavaScript. Instead of being displayed in the browser’s window, the app is executed from within a native app and its embedded browser. This is almost invisible to the user. An example is that an iOS app would use WKWebView to display the application. On Android, it would use WebView to perform the same function.

The code is embedded in a native wrapper that uses Apache Cordova. These solutions create a native Shell application, which is just the webview component of the platform. It will load your web app. This allows you to publish native applications that can be submitted directly to the app stores of each platform.

Both Cordova and Capacitor offer a plugin system that allows you to go beyond the browser’s limitations and access all the capabilities of your mobile device. Installing a plugin is a great way to enable TouchID on your iOS device to log in or to connect to Bluetooth devices. Many plugins are supported by active developers. Ionic offers a complete set of plugins that are supported as part of its.

 

 

Key Features: Native, Web, & Hybrid

Feature

Native

Web-only

Hybrid

Device Access

Full

Limited

Full (with plugins)

Performance

High

Medium to High

Medium to High

Development Language

Platform-Specific

HTML, CSS, Javascript

HTML, CSS, Javascript

Cross-Platform Support

No

Yes

Yes

User Experience

High

Medium to High

Medium to High

Code Reuse

No

Yes

Yes

Final Thoughts

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If you’re not creating a high-performance game or another similar app, hybrid app development may be the best choice. This is because it allows for a more efficient development process, cost savings, and compatibility across multiple platforms. Although they require more understanding in order to link the solution together and the use of a UI Library to help with the presentation of your user interface, these challenges are easily overcome with the right framework.

 

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