What are hybrid mobile apps? Know everything before you get it developed for your business.

Hybrid mobile apps are applications that are installed on a tool, a bit like the other app. What differentiates them is that the fact they possess elements from native apps, applications developed for a selected platform like iOS or Android, with elements from web apps, websites that act like apps but aren't installed on a tool but are accessed on the web via a browser.

Hybrid apps are deployed during a native container that uses a mobile WebView object. When the app is employed, this object displays a web page because of the utilization of web technologies (CSS, JavaScript, HTML, HTML5).

In order to access a device's hardware features (accelerometer, camera, contacts…) that the native apps are installed, it's possible to incorporate native elements of every platform’s user interfaces (iOS, Android): native code is going to be wont to access the precise features so as to make a seamless user experience. Hybrid apps also can believe platforms that provide JavaScript APIs if those functionalities are called within a WebView.

What are the benefits of hybrid apps?

Hybrid apps offer a particular number of advantages:

  1. The first and foremost advantage of hybrid apps is combining user experience with an agile development cycle and controlled costs.

  2. Avoid the restrictions of the Apple App Store: to deploy an application on the Apple App Store, the app has got to be submitted and there's a waiting time for validation. The delay will vary counting on the time of the year but also counting on whether it's a primary submission or an update. It generally takes between 1 to 7 days. Hybrid apps thus offer an excellent advantage for developers who wish to update their app frequently because it isn't necessary to resubmit the remake if the modifications haven’t touched native code.

  3. Most applications have an iOS version and an Android version. they're thus developed using the corresponding programming language: Objective-C or Swift for iOS, Java for Android. Hybrid apps leave the utilization of programming languages used frequently by web developers (HTML, JavaScript, and CSS) who can thus reuse their knowledge. This makes finding resources to create a hybrid app easier.

  4. Reusing the code of the online app part: the code is written once and deployed across all mobile platforms.

  5. Development time and costs Reduced: the code is written once, which substantially reduces development time and costs compared to native apps which require development for iOS and development for Android.

What are the restrictions of hybrid apps?

1. User interface limitations: hybrid apps have a design that doesn’t have a native feel. The interface thus isn’t as seamless. Possibilities (3D for example) also are restricted thanks to the very fact that WebView is employed which doesn’t allow the exploitation of the devices’ full potential.

2. The difficulty or impossibility to take advantage of the platforms’ capacities fully. Each platform, iOS or Android, has unique capacities that a developer might need to take advantage of. If this is often the case, a mixture of specific plugins and code of the platform is going to be wont to achieve this on a hybrid app. This further complicates the app development project.

3. Slower performance and transition between pages.

4; Dependency on the browser’s speed.