You would agree, the choice of building mobile apps depends on business needs and user expectations. While web-based and native apps have several benefits, hybrid mobile applications have garnered popularity. It is because of their adaptability across various platforms to build applications that provide consistent performance regardless of the platform. Besides being cost-effective, hybrid apps make it slightly faster to reserve a spot in the app store market.
Through this article, we’ll explore some essential facets of hybrid app development to help you decide if it’s the right approach for your business.
So, let’s dive right in!
Table of Contents:
|Code||Single Codebase for Multiple Platforms||Separate & distributed Codebase for each platform|
|Device Accessibility||All||Limited to a particular device|
|Development Cost||Cost-effective||Requires High Investment|
|Maintenance||Easier to Maintain||Multiple codebases to maintain|
|Technologies & Frameworks Used||React Native, Xamarin, Ionic||Objective C, Swift, Kotlin, Java|
As the name suggests, this approach entails creating a single mobile application that is compatible with various operating systems – Android and iOS.
It is a software application that combines elements of both native apps and web applications. They are primarily web applications in a native app environment that connect with the mobile platform capabilities embedded in the app.
Research shows 74% of the top 50 retail apps on the App Store are Hybrid Apps
Hybrid apps use shared code to deploy across multiple platforms – Android and iOS. It offers a perfect blend of both native and web features. It provides a unique avenue for enterprises looking for an app that works on various devices to expand their business operations. It lets you engage customers irrespective of the platform they use. Whether you want an app to entice, be a game, or take photos, these types of apps offer tons of excellent options to leap into the mobility world.
Let’s look at the core advantages of how this mobile development approach helps businesses from around the world seamlessly leverage multiple platforms. It is the most sought-after approach thanks to the growth in the number of mobile users, app usage, device fragmentation, and more.
Hybrid mobile development combines the advantages of native and web apps. It offers a consistent and flawless user experience across iOS, Android platforms. It is about making it work for mobile by embracing the web. Further, the lightweight hybrid app UI helps in loading content and graphics quickly. The apps adapt to different device screens for quick data display and seamless data streaming. The excellent UI experience even improves the chances of the application’s approval at the app store.
Wider Market Reach
They are perfect to target different platforms with one solution. In this competitive marketplace, it becomes a lucrative and cost-effective option to reach out to a high number of users using different mobile platforms.
Shorter Development Timeframe
Easy to Maintain
Hybrid mobile application development offers simplified maintenance. For native apps, the development teams need to roll out new versions for every platform with each update. A hybrid app eliminates versioning and makes app management as simple as updating a web page, that too in real-time.
This approach enables the targeting of multiple platforms without maintaining numerous code bases. Unlike native apps, with a single code base for various platforms, the hybrid apps enable development teams to accelerate the development process. It reduces the time to market significantly. The app can be published on multiple mobile app stores with a common code.
Mobile applications commonly suffer from limitations arising due to the lack of offline support. It is a challenge for companies who cater to customers from rural areas or places where internet connectivity is a challenge.
Statistics indicate that 70 percent of users abandon an app because it takes too long to load. The offline accessibility feature helps overcome this challenge. Therefore, the end-users can have uninterrupted access to the app’s data without performance glitches.
Hybrid apps offer high speed and performance just like native apps. In fact, in some cases, they are even faster than progressive and responsive apps. The reason being no dependency on network communication. Further, even apps with a higher number of users exhibit better speed on all devices. They have proven their performance standards with brands like Twitter and LinkedIn.
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Let’s take a quick look at some of the hybrid app development frameworks and their unique features:
While several factors influence the cost of mobile apps though we can highlight the following variables that would influence and offer you a broad estimate of the development cost.
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