Hybrid App Development: What Is It And How Can It Help?

When thinking about building a new application for your business, there are so many new terms to learn and become familiar with. And you may not understand all of the developers' jargon. There's a big move at the moment towards hybrid app development, but what does that mean? How is a hybrid app different to the apps we've come to know and understand? We're answering these questions as best we can. But, if there's something you still don't understand, don't hesitate to speak to your app developer.

Hybrid app development: what is it and how can it help?

What is hybrid mobile app development?

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Hybrid vs native vs web apps

At its most basic, a hybrid app is a blend of native and web app solutions. But what does that mean? Let's quickly break down native and web apps.

Native apps: These applications are built with the platform where they'll be used in mind - like iOS or Android operating systems. They're created for the specific machine/device and written in the same language as that device. They need to be downloaded. They can also make use of certain information on a device, like contacts or images. Waze is an example of a native app that accesses a device's location and GPS.

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Web apps: Most of the time, web apps are written in JavaScript or HTML. They don't need to be downloaded from a Play Store, but can be accessed through a web browser. An example of a web app is Google Apps.

Hybrid apps: As mentioned above, these apps cleverly incorporate aspects of both native and web apps. They're built using web technologies like HTML and JavaScript, but are then 'contained' in a native application. They also need to be downloaded to a device and have full access to that device's features. They can operate on various platforms. Popular examples of hybrid apps include Instagram, Twitter and Uber. These apps are built using web technologies but, for a user, their operations are similar to native apps.

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What are the advantages of hybrid apps?

Hybrid applications are becoming more common for a variety of reasons. Developers save time in the building process because the web part of the code can be written once and then deployed across all platforms. This, in turn, helps save you money as developers aren't working on iOS and Android solutions, like they'd have to with a native application. Hybrid apps run on different platforms, are cheaper and easier to develop, and updates post launch are simpler to execute. Are they the future of applications?

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