Today we are in the world of Smartphones. We see thousands of new app’s released daily and millions of App’s are downloaded on a daily basis. The challenge for the developer is to distribute the same App features across different app stores.
Developers write different codes in different programming languages to suit the particular App store. As the number of platforms is diverse, developers thought of developing a single App to suit for all the App stores. This resulted in the Hybrid App concept.
What are Hybrid Apps?
Hybrid App’s are those, which combine elements of a native and WebApp’s. These Hybrid App’s acts as a bridge between Native App’s and WebApp ’s. Similarly, Hybrid App’s can take the advantage of both browser and device capability.
Why consider a Hybrid App over Native App’s
Both Native, as well as the hybrid mobile interfaces, can be considered while building an App. Hybrid App ’s have flexibility in using technology platforms like HTML5 and CSS3. Creating interface becomes an easy task for the developers while developing Hybrid App’s.
Hybrid App’s are cost effective as the developer has to code only once and the same App can be distributed across various App store. This eliminates reworking cost as well as the cost of the human resource.
Timeline to build a Hybrid App is very less when compared to Native App’s. Here the features are easy to develop. This saves a lot of time for the developer.
For Hybrid App’s, coding is done only one time and the App can be deployed in the various App store. Platform Independence is the main advantage of Hybrid Apps.
Why ignore Hybrid App development
Hybrid App development faces certain design interface issue which will make implementation very tedious; whereas, it will be much simpler in native App development.
Native App’s have different design tools and widgets to create standard design interfaces which are not available for Hybrid Apps.
Performance and experience
Native App’s provide better performance immediately; whereas in Hybrid App’s this is not so great. Native App’s gives the best user experience with one click response, while Hybrid App’s user may face problems with the responsiveness of the App.
Native Apps gives best experiences while scrolling and Hybrid App’s fail to provide seamless scrolls due to delay in frame loading.
Native App’s provide the better environment for security but hybrid App’s needs the implementation of many security features.
Testing and Bugs
Native App’s can provide various tools for testing and it becomes easy to find and fix the bugs which does not require much of the time to test the quality of the App.
There are not many tools for testing available for hybrid App’s. This makes a tester to fix the bugs and it may consume a lot of time to get a qualitative App.
Increasing the App market and multiple App stores. Optimization of an App is absolutely a need to stay competitive. It’s no doubt that Native App’s give’s best user experience but they are too costly to monetize for each platform. Hybrid App’s are cost effective and they are easy to monetize for different App stores. But Quality of the App may not be optimum which is a risk to take. Both Hybrid and Native App’s have their own pros and cons. It is the developer who has to choose the right kind of App on the case by case basis.