The market of mobile application development is a growing market. Every day we come across the news of some new app being launched in the market. Though this world of app development is very exciting but sometimes it’s confusing too especially when it poses a question before you while development- whether to go for a native app or hybrid app?
Hybrid app is a trending approach that’s here to stay for long. Software developers from all industries are fulfilling the customer needs with earlier versions of hybrid app and in the next few years, the hybrid app technology is going to dominate the mobile phone market too.According to Gartner study- “Hybrid apps, which offer a balance between HTML5-based web apps and native apps, will be used in over 50% of mobile apps by 2016.” Before diving into the nitty-gritty of hybrid app technology let’s see what is hybrid app, the buzz which is creating in the market, its pros and cons and how it will be a big differentiator for your business.
What is Hybrid App?
Hybrid apps are the combination of native as well as mobile apps. Like native apps, they have to be first downloaded in an app store and then the app can utilize any of the features which a device has. As far as web app part is considered, they rely on HTML being provided in a browser embedded within the app.
Features of Hybrid App
- Hybrid app can function whether your device is connected or not.
- Ability to integrate with device’s file system
- Ability to integrate with web-based services
- Embedded browser is there to improve access to dynamic content
Pros of Hybrid App
1. Multi-OS support & one source code
Hybrid apps enable support for multiple operating systems and the app can be built in one source code.
2. Less development time
The application development time of and effort of hybrid apps is much lesser as compared to the native apps. Hybrid mobile apps don’t have that “mobile web” browser look because they can include native hardware features.
3. Portable Content
The content of a hybrid app is portable and just requires a native harness to run it.
4. Distribution on App store
Since few software provides framework which looks like a native application, it can be easily distributed on app store.
5. Online and offline access
The app can be packaged locally or through a server which provides both online and offline access.
6. Reduced cost of development
The same HTML can be used for different operating system while developing across multiple platforms. There is no need to create two different versions for Android and iOS. Hence the cost of development and efforts are reduced.
7. Beauty of both native and mobile apps
While working in online mode it provides all the features but in offline mode too, it provides the advanced offline features. The best part of hybrid app is that it can be distributed via a play store.
8. No API development
Since hybrid apps are handled by the web there is no need to do API development.
9. No update required
There is no need to update each and every app in the app store to wait for approvals.
Cons of Hybrid App
1. User experience
A hybrid app doesn’t give a better user experience as compared to the native apps. Native apps use all the interface components and helps to create meaningful, descriptive transitions which is not possible in case of hybrid apps.
2. Less efficiency
Running high-performance apps and games can be troublesome in case of hybrid apps. Hybrid apps are slower and less effective as compared to the native apps.
3. Lack of native features
There are few features of Android and iOS that are available only for native apps. So, this becomes a big limitation for hybrid apps.
4. Chances of denial by App Store
Once the App Store recognizes that your app is not native, it may be denied from App Store.
5. Slower performance due to lack of UI assets
Performance might slow down due to lack of UI assets of iOS or Android.
So, what’s best for you?
Finding the right mobile application development approach might be a million- dollar question for you. But there is no one-size that fits all. Both the native and hybrid apps are just the ways to fulfill different needs of users and developers. None of them can be considered as perfect solution. Comparing the advantages, disadvantages, cost of development one can decide as to which approach to go for.
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