What is Hybrid app development?

Hybrid apps are an amalgamation of native and web apps. The core of these apps is written using web technologies (CSS, HTML and JavaScript) which are then compressed within a native application. By leveraging different plugins, hybrid applications can have unrestrained access to the mobile device’s features. Once developed, you can publish your hybrid mobile app on the Google, Apple or Windows App Store.

Decoding Hybrid Apps

By definition, hybrid is anything derived from diverse sources. A hybrid app is the one that is written with the identical technology used for website implementations, and that is hosted inside a native container on a mobile device. In other words, it is the union of native implementation and web technology.

Hybrid apps make use of a web view control (WebView on Android and UIWebView on iOS) in order to showcase JavaScript and HTML files in a full-screen format, using the native browser rendering engine and not the browser itself. The secret that makes hybrid apps so special is the implementation of an abstraction layer that offers access to the device capabilities that are read as JavaScript API. This is something which is not possible with Mobile Web implementation as they feature a layer of security between the device APIs and the browser.

Why Do You Need A Hybrid Mobile App?

You install it like a native app, but on the inside, it is actually a web app. The incredible hybrid mobile app development comes with a plethora of benefits. Some of the prominent ones are as follows:

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With a profound understanding of advanced hybrid app frameworks, at Cumulations, we offer a complete spectrum of hybrid development services. From strategic ideation to development, optimization, testing and support & maintenance, we deliver value at highly-competitive rates. We ensure that the goals for your business, may it be B2B, B2C or B2B2C, are met by an exclusive product that delights your users and strengthens your bottom line. Our multi-platform mobile technology engineers develop high-performing hybrid apps that deliver exceptional engagement and conversions across industries, devices, platforms and audiences. Over the years, we successfully delivered a string of hybrid apps using PhoneGap, Sencha and more such software that look like native apps on all major platforms, including Android, iOS, and Windows.

Our Strong Suits as a Hybrid App Development Company

When you work with us, you can count on:

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For startup organizations, a hybrid approach is indubitably the smartest solution to get the next big thing to market quickly with a resourceful, affordable and cross-platform mobile strategy. In our Hybrid App Development Company, we follow agile methodology that expedites the workflow. Our team of tech mavericks and highly experienced hybrid app developers are expert at leveraging the latest trends and technologies to ensure consistent performances on all platforms. For our enterprise clients, who are often restricted by budget and shorter turnarounds, a hybrid mobile app offers the finest opportunity to optimize native features as well as leverage the humongous benefits of platform-agnostic solutions. We are also fully experienced in app redesigning, thus helping you get an exclusive and productivity-enhancing application.

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We are one of the leading hybrid mobile app development companies in Bangalore, offering robust and impactful apps for every industry. Being a trusted and time-tested hybrid app solution provider, we take immense pride in delivering unique and cost-effective solutions to our clients that help to maximize the enterprise performance and profits. We use best-in-class hybrid mobile app development tools and technologies to offer apps with a value assurance.

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Understanding the Difference between Web, Native & Hybrid Apps

Native app development

Native apps are those that are built for a specific platform. For instance, you can develop an exclusive app for Android or iOS. If you wish to target both the platforms, you will have to build two separate apps since both platforms have completely different standards that need to be adhered to.

Consequently, you will have to hire two development teams:


Although this seems like a lot of work, yet there are some considerable benefits of this approach.

Features:

Web app development

A web app is the one that runs on browsers. It can easily operate on any kind of device, may it be a smartphone, a laptop, a tablet, a smart watch, a TV or even the screen of a smart fridge. The only prerequisite for this is that the device should have a browser. So, regardless of the number of platforms you wish to serve, building a single app is enough.

Features:

Hybrid app development

A hybrid app is somewhere in between native and web apps. Primarily, it is just one application that can be run on any kind of platform with just minor tweaks. In other words, it is a web application wrapped in a native container.

Features:

Native App vs Web App vs Hybrid App - A Comparative Study

Characteristics Web app development Hybrid app development Native app development
Platform One single app is needed, regardless of the platform Can be installed on any platform that supports a browser You need to develop a separate native app for each platform
Technologies HTML, CSS Node.js/ Laravel/ etc. used for backend development React/ Vue.js/ Angular used for frontend development JavaScript, HTML, and CSS Hybrid development frameworks like Apache, Ionic, Cordova For Android – Java or Kotlin For iOS – Objective C or Swift Native SDKs for each platform
Access to Calendar, Camera, Contacts, GPS, etc. Zero or very restricted access to device’s hardware and software Complete access to device’s native features via third-party plugin Direct access to all features of the smartphone device
Performance Not suitable for the need of high-performing apps High performance levels Greatest performance levels, even in case of high-resolution graphics
User Interface Unified interface that many times does not look like native Not able to reproduce some platform-specific gestures Low learning curve involved. Native look and feel of the apps
App Store Availability No need to download and install the updates, which saves storage and traffic Available for download and updates in Apple App Store and Android Play Store Available for download and updates in Apple App Store and Android Play Store
Time-to-market Much shorter time-to-market Much shorter time-to-market as the app is developed only once for all platforms Longer time-to-market, depending upon the targeted platforms and functionalities involved
Development Cost Reduced development time results in decreased costs Reduced development time results in decreased costs Higher cost as you have to pay to multiple app development teams

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Hybrid App Development FAQ

What is hybrid mobile app development?

Hybrid mobile app development involves employing native app features and functionalities while making use of HTML5 mobile app development. Basically, a hybrid mobile app is similar to a native app that runs most, if not all, of its UI in an embedded browser component.

Which framework is best for hybrid app development?

A comparative study of many cross-platform frameworks reveals that Ionic is one of the best frameworks for hybrid mobile app development. This framework facilitates the development of immersive and engaging mobile apps that can be easily deployed across a range of platforms, including Android, iOS and Windows. It is open source in nature and created on top of AngularJS and PhoneGap.

What is the difference between native app and hybrid app?

To users, the difference between native apps and hybrid apps is almost indistinguishable. Both the apps are downloaded directly from the App Stores and stored on the mobile device. Besides, both the apps are launched in the same way. However, the only difference is that in hybrid apps, the developers don’t need to recode the app from scratch for each platform. They simply have to write a part of the app’s code in HTML, JavaScript, CSS3, and then reuse it across multiple mobile operating systems.

Native, Web or Hybrid app - Which is the best one for a startup?

Native, Web and Hybrid apps, all three have their own strengths and weaknesses. Your final decision and choice among the three will depend upon your startup needs and the goals you wish to achieve. You can schedule a consultation with our app developers who can bring your idea to life more efficiently and cost-effectively.

What is the time-to-market for hybrid apps?

The time-to-market for these apps is significantly shorter, especially in comparison to native apps. This is because once the app is developed, it can be easily deployed across multiple platforms.

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