Hybrid Mobile Apps
As mobile app developers revolutionize mobile technology, technology too is matching the steps. With just about a decade of its existence, the technology has come a long way from being a simple JAVA based functioning to now majorly divide into iOS apps and Android apps. This too puts the businesses in the dilemma of choosing the best one for their native and hybrid mobile apps.
There are native apps and then there are hybrid apps. Native apps are those which are designed specifically for a particular platform like iOS or Android. Let us start by understanding Hybrid apps before dwelling into why to prefer hybrid mobile app development over the native app development.
The programming language used for developing native apps is platform-specific. A typical native app is written in Swift or Objective-C for iOS and in Java for Android OS. The advantage of choosing this is that it offers a better performance in terms of animations and rendering compared to hybrid apps.
Understanding the Hybrid Mobile Apps?
A blend of elements present in both – native app and WebApp are called hybrid apps. The role of hybrid is to bridge the gap between these two. And this is why it can leverage both the browser and the device’s capability.
Developing a hybrid app offers a web view within an isolated browser which runs a web application inside a native application. It has a native app wrapper that communicates with a native device platform and a web view.
Consider Choosing Hybrid App Development over Native App’s. Here’s why!
While it is perfect to consider the native and hybrid mobile interfaces, the latter has an edge in terms of flexibility. It uses HTML5 and CSS3 as technology platforms which simplifies the tasks for creating an interface.
2- Associated Cost
Since Hybrid App development requires developers to code only once, it saves their time and hence the cost. Once developed, businesses can use the hybrid app across multiple platforms that eliminate reworking cost along with the ones associated with hiring personnel for the same.
Moreover, the sprint timeline of creating a hybrid app is far less than its counterpart wherein developing features are easier and less time-consuming.
3- App Maintenance
Platform Specific Advantages of Hybrid App Development
While native apps are bound to give a better UI, its optimization takes a toll if one were to consider costs for monetizing it for each platform.
Here’s a quick comparison between the two:
|Hybrid App||Native App|
|Developed in platform specific language, Objective-C or Swift for iOS, java for Android, etc|
|Write Once, Run Anywhere||Separate code for each platform|
|Medium performance comparable to Native apps||Fastest and most responsive experience to users|
|Save Time and Money||Higher investment of time, talent and resources|
|Faster development cycle||Higher costs and development time|
|Eg. Baskin Robbin, Sworkit, Untappa||Eg, Paypal, Gmail|
With a plethora of hybrid app development platforms available it is safe to consider Ionic and React Native.
React Native A Facebook-developed framework that uses JavaSript to create native-style apps for iOS & Android. And since native apps are crafted keeping in mind the platform, React Native allows a sharing a portion of code between platforms. This help the developer in creating better performing and decluttered hybrid apps.
Native apps take a lot of manual coding to infuse gesture-based control while hybrid app development platforms like Ionic and React Native gives control over detailed gestures.
Here’s a quick comparison between the two:
|Easy to learn with lots of rich pre-made and pre-styled components||Learning curve with few pre-made native components|
|First class documentation, very clear and consistent||very basic documentation as compared to Ionic|
|Same code-based can be used to develop applications for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Web, Desktop and PWS(Progressive Web Apps)||Same code-base (most of the time) be used to develop applications for Android, iOS, Windows Phone.|
|Write once, run anywhere||Learn once, write anywhere|
|Medium Performance as it uses WebView||Very good Performance|
|Apache Cordova is used in Ionic 2 to access the phone hardware functionality||React Native app compiles to native code and can directly access the native phone features|
|Very Fast development-testing cycle, Testing can be done in browser, no need for heavy emulator loafing||Testing can be done emulator or a real device,|
|Ionic has more stackoverflow questions with very good community support||React Native has more github stars with equally strong community|
|Based on Angular 2 backed by Google||Based on React backed by Facebook|
Other Advantages of Choosing a Hybrid App Development Framework:
Ease of Access to Resources
Any skilled HTML, CSS and JS web developer can quickly learn to develop the hybrid app.
The UI elements of web development and a single code give hybrid apps a uniform look and feel across multiple platforms. It simplifies user interactions with responding to instant responses and glitch-free experience. And since the idea of hybrid apps are based on tap and get, the responses are faster. Also, they easily adapt to different screen size and configurations while loading quickly.
It is quite rewarding to have offline support for hybrid apps even in the absence of an internet connection.
So, if businesses looking for a quicker turnaround while being cost-effective it is best to prefer hybrid app development than choosing the native development. Again, there are no big compromises so choosing hybrid development does not keep much at stake. Therefore, it is highly recommended to go with hybrid app development considering the dynamism involved in launching mobile apps these days.
About Author: Shahid Mansuri Co-founder Peerbits, one of the leading mobile app development company USA, in 2011 which provides Blockchain app development services. His visionary leadership and flamboyant management style have yield fruitful results for the company. He believes in sharing his strong knowledge base with learned concentration on entrepreneurship and business.