When it comes to apps, you actually get to choose from a small variety. No, we’re not talking about the various apps you find on the app store. We’re talking about the types of apps. In the app world, there exist mainly 3 kinds of apps – Native, Web, and Hybrid.
In this blog, we’re going to discuss what Hybrid Apps are.
A Brief Introduction
Hybrid apps are just like any other apps. You can install them on a smart device and you’ll definitely find them on app stores. You can use them for a wide range of purposes as well. This includes playing games, clicking pictures, tracking health, and entertainment etc.
As a result, hybrid apps gain the ability to access device features such as contacts, camera, and accelerometer etc. Such features are normally restricted from within mobile browsers.
Additionally, hybrid apps can possess native user interface elements based on need and requirement.
Understanding how apps are built can be confusing for the average person. The same goes for hybrid applications. They look and perform just like native apps and that’s exactly what they are supposed to do anyway. Above all, it doesn’t matter to the end user.
Nevertheless, it’s always good to know as much as possible and as a business that’s planning to go the app way, maybe knowing something about hybrid apps can help make the decision making process shorter and easier.
The Development Process
Reasons to use a Hybrid App
Hybrid apps offer app developers the opportunity to use their skills repeatedly in web development. App developers aren’t too fond of working with proprietary platforms.
Also, each platform might have a unique set of capabilities that the developer might want to target. In such scenarios, a mix of plugins and codes that are platform-specific must be used in order to gain maximum advantage over the platform’s unique capabilities.
Things to consider
Before settling for a platform strategy, it’s necessary to assess all the merits (technical and non-technical) of a hybrid app over a native or web app. You need to:
- Discuss about the mobile platforms you intend to target.
- Discuss application distribution.
- Discuss utilization of device capabilities.
- Discuss your team’s technical abilities.
- Discuss the “single shot solution” approach that hybrid apps are known for.
These topics definitely need to be discussed before seeking an appropriate app strategy. For example, if you’re looking to target multiple platforms, hybrid apps are a great choice as they rely on WebView, instead of a browser.