Hybrid Apps: The Future Is Here
11 Jun. 2013 Mobile App
The use of tablets and mobile devices is increasingly becoming popular. There are more than 5 million Apple and Android apps and some new app marketplaces are also gaining momentum. In this exciting backdrop, we can safely say that the future of technology is here. However, there are some people who still think that we can’t dismiss desktop use completely and there is no need to rush ahead with mobile websites and web applications. So let’s discuss if the world is ready to go purely mobile or there is still a chance of reviving desktop use.
Mobile web application development v/s Native application development
The recent statistics clearly shows an upward growth trend of mobile and smart device use. However, still the growth has not shadowed the growth of demand in desktop devices. Some people still prefer to use both the devices while some have gone purely mobile. This trend clearly shows that the world has still not gone completely mobile. So it wouldn’t be wise to develop purely mobile websites and applications.
Also, developers should not make mobile web sites and have them run as native applications. This is because native applications offer a rich experience that a mobile web app fails to deliver. Another point to consider is that native applications obey user interface instructions. When web applications are installed on desktop, they do not fulfill user-interface expectations. Moreover the only access to the application is via the HTML or similar web standard, which limits the access to key elements of hardware.
Hybrid applications: The solution is here
If you don’t want to go web or stay native, then the solution is hybrid app development. Hybrid mobile apps are basically native applications that embed a platform specific web browser control. Since all mobile platforms including iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry have web browser controls embedded, it is easy to use these apps in both mobile as well as native applications. In fact, hybrid mobile apps give a seamless experience that makes it the best choice.
Hybrid mobile apps with ASP.NET MVC: Bringing the future here
ASP.NET MVC is a great choice to build a neat framework for your backend. There are many web backend options available, but when it comes to hybrid apps, there is nothing better than ASP.NET MVC. This is because the MVC environment offers superior control over HTML output, so you can generate mobile-friendly HTML with ease. When you have ASP.NET MVC, you can share most of the code for native and mobile app, only the view needs to be customized. It’s simple model works in alignment with underlying platforms so you can easily make AJAX calls or use jQuery on the client.
Along with all these benefits hybrid mobile app development offers cost and performance benefits as well. According to a recent survey from Gartner, only 6% apps are developed using HTML 5. However, with the set of benefits come some drawbacks – if you want to run the app on iPhone and Android, the programming languages differ and hence you need to write the code from the scratch. Other than that, hybrid mobile app development certainly has a promising future.
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