Hybrid Mobile Applications: The Future of the Mobile Industry

Overview

When beginning to choose your solution to create a new mobile application, you are often faced with a wide range of options but are unsure of where to begin.

  • Is building your application solely with native solutions the right choice?
  • Should your team look at only developing with web technologies?
  • What about some of the hybrid solutions out there?

These are among the many questions that arise when deliberating which path is best for your business.

To start the process, it’s important to remember that picking the right solution for your next application (or first) depends on several factors: Your budget, the timeline, your team’s experience with the technology and, finally, your target audience.

In Detail

These days there's a mobile application for everything: food delivery, music, insurance claims, gaming, email, ride sharing, e-commerce and so forth. By the time that you imagine an application, it's most likely available for download. More importantly, as clients connect with organizations, they hope to work with them by means of their smartphones.

Hybrid mobile app development guarantees that you have the speed of web advancement alongside the customized client experience that comes through local portable application improvement. These framework applications are worked through HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript web measures and run inside a compartment that lets them be introduced likewise to a local application. Furthermore, once made, you can distribute your hybrid application in the iOS, Android, and Windows App Stores.

The heart of a hybrid-mobile application is still just an application that is written with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. However, instead of the app being shown within the user’s browser, it is run from within a native application and its own embedded browser, which is essentially invisible to the user. For example, an iOS application would use the WKWebView to display our application, while on Android it would use the WebView element to do the same function.

These solutions create a native shell application that is just the platform’s webview component in which it will load your web application. This gives you the ability to create and publish true native applications that can be submitted to each of the platform’s app stores for sale.

However, there are some drawbacks to this option. Similarly to the web-only application solution, the UI library has to be recreated. Here is where solutions like Ionic, NativeScript, Xamarin, React Native, and others step in. These options all provide robust UI components that look and feel like their native counterparts, giving you a full suite of building blocks for your application.

The pros of hybrid app development are compelling.
  • Write once, run everywhere.
  • Leverage web technologies for iOS and Android.
  • Reduce costs and time to market.

Final Thought

So, what is the right choice for your application? Unless you are creating a highly performant game or other similar application, hybrid application development might be the right choice because it offers an easier development approach, cost savings, and compatibility across a variety of platforms. While they do require a bit more understanding to mesh the solution together, as well as the use of a UI library to assist in the proper presentation of your user interface, those challenges are known and can be easily solved with the right framework, like Ionic.

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