What is a Hybrid Mobile App?
Hybrid apps can leverage the mobile’s webview. This enables them them to access device’s features like camera, contacts, accelerometer and so on. This, and a UI interface similar to a native app renders hybrid apps a good option for ideas that don’t need heavy architecture. They are getting traction in the present as they can deliver good performance and are more cost-effective. But, it will be good to remember that in cases where complexity increases, natives are a better option. Hybrid technology is not there, but it’s evolving.
The reason hybrid app development is so popular among developers is because it enables developers to target more than one platform. It combines the app development with web development to provide an efficient and light solution.
While making a hybrid, ask yourself whether it’s the right option for you.
Hybrid apps are rich in feel, features and animations. HTML is a pretty big canvas for developers to paint on. Being multi-platform, hybrids help in increased integration and efficiency in organisational context, amidst a variety of mobile devices.
Looking at cons of hybrids, sometimes the coding can get sloppy as there is bit of copy and paste. Developers should always go for a new design approach, but sometimes, hybrids are made an option just to finish a project early. That’s probably not a good idea, ever.
Performance wise, hybrids that are basic, perform well. Simpler the design, more faster and healthier your hybrid. But as the complexity of design increases, performance seems to go south. This is an issue that is the main concern when it comes to developing hybrid technology.
Hybrid applications have both pros and cons. Before going for it, make sure that-
- It is the smart option
- You’re not just cutting cost
- Customer-integration can be smooth
- A smooth backend
Hybrids are used heavily today. Some of the most popular and well-made hybrids are Instagram, Evernote, Amazon appstore, twitter, Apple app store and Gmail etc.