Things to Remember Before Making a Hybrid Mobile App

24Apr
2017

While developing a mobile app, one of the major decisions to make is whether to build a web app, native app or hybrid app. Each of these apps has their own pros and cons. So how do you make the decision that which app is right for you? The decision you make is based on things like budget, skill, user experience and maintenance.

Hybrid mobile apps fall somewhere in the middle of native apps and web apps and contain some properties of both. This gives hybrid apps some clear advantages, which contributes to its rising popularity. It enables developers to use web technologies in order to target multiple platforms from a single code rather than writing native code from scratch. This is the reason why hybrid mobile app development can significantly lower the time and cost of mobile app development.

How are Hybrid Apps Made?

The distinction between hybrid vs. native apps comes down to the app’s performance when it is installed. Native apps are targeted towards specific mobile devices and operating systems like Android, iOS etc. Likewise, a web app runs on the browser. However, a hybrid app works in a different manner, it can be installed on a device and it works just as a native app does, but in WebView, which is something like a browser within the native device. It allows the app to access certain parts of the phone to make an engaging user experience. The hybrid code that a developer writes is targeted at WebView.

Top mobile app development companies would jump to the prospects of saving time and money. Here, we shall discuss certain things to remember before we attempt to make a hybrid mobile app.

#1 Time & Cost Involved

One of the most important factors to consider before you proceed towards hybrid mobile app development is time and cost involved. There is a common misconception that hybrid mobile app development reduced development costs by using a single codebase. However, practically speaking hybrid apps can actually increase the time and cost of app development in various areas.

It is likely that more defects and bugs are found during the app development stage. Also, while making efforts to fix a bug, there is a possibility that the platform gets infected with another bug. Consequently, it also needs increased development time and cost to resolve the issue. With each release, aggression testing needs to be conducted on all platforms. 

Taking into consideration debugging and regression testing, it takes double the time to ensure a perfect rendering of user interface across all devices.

#2 Quality

With the coming of cross platform development tools such as Xamarin, it is possible for developers to build high quality and efficient hybrid apps, which ensure a higher standard of user experience.

Mobile app developers hold the belief that even though hybrid apps are better, but they are less likely to match the flexibility and power of native apps which are better in terms of data requirement, performance, user interface, ease of debugging, battery life etc. Additionally, native apps provide a better user experience as compared to hybrid apps.

The approach for hybrid mobile app development should be chosen on use case basis. Also, hybrid mobile app development benefits must be more than the compromises made.

Conclusion

If companies wish to reach out to all kinds of audiences, they need to invest time and money into making responsive websites as an alternative option. This middle path can help companies to find out about the platforms that are available and the users usually use. This can help in creating cross platform apps that cater to all kinds of users.

Instead of creating multiple apps for multiple platforms, many companies think that it makes business sense to develop hybrid apps. However, this approach needs to be worked on apps that have simple use case. In cases where mobile app requirements are diverse and complex with lot of features, a native app is certainly the better option.

Before taking the final step towards hybrid mobile app development, businesses must understand the risks associated with it as well as limitations. 

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