Hybrid App Development - Pros and Cons

As more and more people accessing the internet from their smartphone, many businesses start moving on mobile app. Mobile app is a great tool of connecting with potential audience. Hence, top app stores like, iTunes & Play store are flooded with apps. Every day thousands of mobile app get listed on app stores and equally get removed! It is very important to understand the basic of mobile apps. What are the various languages available to develop an app and what is the best language to go with?

There are basically three ways of building a mobile app:

  1. Native Apps,
  2. Web-Based Apps
  3. Hybrid apps.

Some app developers believe that, a hybrid app is best for developing mobile apps, However it is recommended to know both pros and cons of Hybrid in order to make a better decision before diving into Hybrid app development.

A Hybrid app is built using web technologies, it means you will develop a web app but hosted inside a native container. The code of hybrid apps written in HTML, JavaScript and CSS. Hybrid apps run on different mobile platform.

Best suited for…

  • B2B (Business-to-business) and B2E (Business-to-employee) apps
  • Internal company services and resources
  • Businesses that want to deploy native apps to multiple platforms

Quick Overview of Pros:

  • You can develop hybrid app with existing web knowledge
  • Hybrid app can run on multiple platforms
  • It require less development time and cost
  • Effectively UI/UX design for various screen size such as tablets
  • It can access device and operating system features
  • Advanced offline capabilities
  • Its development process is similar to building a website so developers prefer hybrid applications over native applications.
  • HTML is used for hybrid app development, this means you can have an app that is very rich in features, feel and animation.
  • Tt's easy to learn, code and develop, you won't have a hard time finding an app developer.
  • code base is re-usable between mobile platforms
  • overall lower budget costs
  • It follow ‘Write Once, Run Anywhere' strategy, similar to Java
  • Hybrid apps are built using Web standards
  • Anyone who have basic knowledge of html, css and JavaScript create them
  • You Can be revised, updated, and deployed hybrid apps quickly than native app
  • Run as native apps on each different platform
  • Hybrid apps can be used to integrate seamlessly with enterprise systems like CRM and SAP applications.
  • You can develop app using single framework, meaning you don't have to use multiple IDEs with expert knowledge.

Quick Overview of Cons:

Hybrid app requiring complex native functionality

  • Low performance issues
  • Hybrid apps does not support all operating system features
  • Hybrid apps always be on high risk of rejection at app store for lack of native feel
  • Hybrid app is very similar to developing a website, this can result in a number of problems, such as a slowdown in page load time, or non-optimized components that aren't made for mobile.
  • Hybrid apps doesn't look or feel as smooth and natural
  • Hybrid mobile apps need distinct web view implementations per platform
  • It take too much time fixing issues.
  • You need to use additional software to turn Web apps into native mobile apps.
  • Not all native features will be available for use.
  • Lacking knowledge in the native frameworks will prevent you from debugging undocumented issues.

Is Hybrid for you?

Research your target market and do a deep analysis on mobile app development methods. Ultimately everything boils down to your business objectives and goals. Based on your analysis, you need to decide whether your app needs to be on both Android and iOS. There are advantages to be present on Hybird app development, but do you really want to build your apps on hybrid platforms immediately? We have expert hybrid mobile app development team at our company you can content us to know more about hybrid app development advantage and disadvantage to make your decision on app development.


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