The Basics of Hybrid Applications

A hybrid app is basically a blend of web and native solutions. The core of the app is written with web technologies, and then the core is blended with a native solution to meet the needs of the user.

When you think about the best way to develop a new mobile app, there are many options that you have to choose from. Indeed, choosing the right path can be one of the most difficult decisions.

Should you only use native solutions?

Should you rely only on web technology?

If neither of these answers provides everything that you need, then hybrid app development is something you should consider.

What factors go into the app development decision process?

Different companies have different metrics when it comes to designing apps. What is your budget? How quickly do you need the app? How much experience does your team have with the necessary technology? What is your target audience? Once you’ve figured out the answers to these questions, then you are ready to think about whether hybrid app development is the right choice for you.

What are the three primary paths for application development?

Native technologies are one path that you can use to develop your app. A “native” mobile application has generally been written with the native development tools and language that go along with a particular platform. One example is that you could write a native Android application with Java or Kotlin and compile it with Android Studio. If you are working with iOS, then you could write your application with Objective-C or Swift and compile it with Xcode.

Because you’ve written your application with the default solutions for your platform, you will have access to all of the capabilities of your device. Native apps tend to run a little faster because of these efficiencies, and you would also be able to access all of the UI (user interface) layouts and controls on the device. However, a disadvantage is that if you write an app for iOS with Objective-C, you won’t be able to run your app on Android. Instead, you have to design an app for each platform, which increases your budget and your number of workers.

If you use web applications, then you have some freedom from the application stores and can offer your product to desktop users and other mobile users. These applications are generally written in CSS, HTML, and JavaScript and can access a variety of libraries and frameworks. However, a mobile user will find your app limited to what his browser can do, which means that optimization might not take place. Some of the commonly expected UI controls, such as a tab navigator, may need to be recreated, which can lead to some bugs. Hybrid app development allows the best of both worlds. You write the app with web technologies and then put the core of the app inside a native application. Plugins allow the app to have full access to the features of the user’s mobile device.

Given the wide split between iOS and Android users at the present time, a hybrid plan will help you reach the most traffic for the lowest amount of time and money.

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