Hybrid app development

What is Hybrid App Development?

This solution is a blend, hence the name hybrid, of both native and web solutions. Where the core of the application is written using web technologies (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript), which are then encapsulated within a native application. Through the use of plugins, these applications can have full access to the mobile device’s features. To better understand this approach, let’s break down how it all fits together.

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.

This code is then embedded into a native application wrapper using a solution like Apache Cordova (also known as PhoneGap) or Ionic’s Capacitor. 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.

Additionally, both Cordova and Capacitor have a plugin system that allows you to extend beyond the limitations of the ‘browser’ and access the full suite of capabilities of a user’s mobile device. So, if you wanted to use TouchID on an iOS device as a login option, or wanted to connect to a Bluetooth device, this can be easily done by installing a plugin. These plugins are created by a wide range of developers and many are actively supported. Ionic even offers a complete ecosystem of supported plugins as part of its Enterprise solution. So, the limitations of a web-only application are easily overcome, allowing your application to have parity with native applications in their features.

However, there are some drawbacks with 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.

Using a Hybrid Tool for Business Mobile Apps

So, you have decided to build an app for your business. You are probably thinking about hosting platforms for your application and how you might efficiently develop it without breaking the bank. The main mobile platforms are Android and iOS, each with their own native programming language. To access the full functionality of each platform, you would normally need to develop the application in each platform’s native programing language, (Android uses Java or Kotlin and iOS uses Swift or Objective C) however with the development of webtools, such as Cordova, Ionic, or React Native, you can now develop applications across platforms with hybrid development models.

Cross-platform or “hybrid application development” confers numerous benefits to the development process. This blog will look at the pros and cons of the Hybrid development model and will go over a few of the tools that are currently available on the market.

Positive Aspects of Hybrid Application Development!

The positive aspects of hybrid application development focus on reducing the costs and difficulty of developing applications for multiple platforms. These platforms typically include iOS, Android, and websites. This means that you only need to have one development team per application rather than one team per platform. The main benefit is that there is only one code base to create, deploy and maintain. Additionally, many improvements have been made to the hybrid development model including the ability to access native device features and reducing the effect on the application’s overall performance.

The positive aspects of hybrid application development for customers include:

Lower costs as you only need to create one development team
– Reduced maintenance costs
– Larger hiring pools (non-specialist)
– Faster development cycles

The positive aspects of hybrid application development for developers include:

User friendly interfaces. -Easy to learn tools. -Library of ready to use resources . -Reusable code. -Easy to maintain

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