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.
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.
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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