In the realm of app development it goes without saying that native apps are the best when it comes to performance and making the best use of device capabilities. Cross platform apps on the other hand span over various platforms giving wide coverage for the apps developed. There are about 1.4 billion android devices, 1 billion Apple devices all over the globe and a significant section of people using Windows. When starting an application at an early stage it is not possible to make applications for each of these major platforms. This is where hybrid applications come into play.
Hybrid apps serve as the solution in this respect here as they can cover a wide range of platforms.
With native apps being installed on the device and HTML5 apps thriving on a web server one might be guessing where do hybrid apps store their files? There are two ways for storing a hybrid app development.
- Server – One can work on the entire application from the server by making use of the container as a lean shell over the UIWebview.
Netflix is a great example in this regard which uses a common codebase for rendering UI on all devices may it be tablets, DVD players, refrigerators, smart TVs and even cars. They have done it so well that they can change the interface on the go or even conduct A/B testing to derive the best user interactions. On the other hand, for achieving optimum performance they have done the decoding and streaming videos to the native platform. So they can deploy on the go and achieve the best performance.
Why enterprises need hybrid app development?
- Reduced Maintenance: Non-hybrid apps require increased maintenance than the hybrid ones. There should be a dedicated team to maintain iOS and android versions of an app. iStore, play store etc requires the apps to be updated and there should be two dedicated teams to handle it. Instead, a hybrid app needs only a single team for its maintenance.
- Ease of Integration: Much like the native apps, hybrid apps use the device’s internal programming system using an overlay which helps in synchronization with other apps thereby reducing integration issues for the developer team. Hybrid apps are also adept at working with device’s native apps like messaging, GPS, camera for a seamless user experience.
- Consistent UI/UX: For hybrid apps there will be consistent UI/UX experience. There needn’t be different interfaces for iOS and android OSs. Users get perplexed by non-uniformity of UI/UX across platforms and they have to figure out what’s what in an app by themselves for each platform. Hybrid apps give for uniformity of UI/UX across platforms
- Reduced Development Costs: Developing a hybrid mobile app is more cost effective than any native and is much faster also. The ‘time to market’ is a critical factor that plays a vital role in aiding enterprises to deploy their products in the market within no time. Hybrid app developers can make use of a set of libraries and development frameworks like Xamarin, React and PhoneGap to speed up the development process and submit the app to app stores to save cost and time.
- Offline Support: The device’s API is stored to save offline data that loads the application speedily. When there is poor connectivity it partially stores information accessible to users. A hybrid app can give offline app accessibility devoid of performance glitches as the users want to reduce their mobile data consumption and have an unobstructed access to app’s data.
A hybrid app helps an enterprise to rapidly enter the market and stay ahead of its contemporaries. Hybrid apps are an apt solution for this as they can be developed easier and faster. The list of adopters extends beyond Netflix like Instagram, Twitter, Uber and so on who have made best use of the hybrid mobile apps. The streak of hybrid apps aiding the enterprises in achieving their ends will only keep increasing.