Hybrid App

    Hybrid App

    March 7, 2013 | Read in Swedish

    More than 50% of Mobile Applications will be hybrid within a few years.

    Businesses are experiencing increased market pressure when it comes to developing and distributing mobile applications for both Android and iOS devices.
    Mobility has traditionally been regarded as a detached branch within IT development, but today its become an integral part of all IT development for a lot of businesses. When selecting a mobile application platform, it's important to select a type that suits your products and business idea. Currently there are three alternatives; Native, Web, or Hybrid application?

    What is a Hybrid App?
    A hybrid app is an application that's created with the same technologies used for developing websites and mobile HTML applications, running from inside a native container. A true marriage between web techniques and native applications.

    "- An increasing number of bussinesses find themselves in need to support multiple platforms for their mobile sollutions.
    When it comes to native applications each platform tend to consume about the same amount of development time. Every time new functionality is added to the application, it has to be individualy implemented on each platform. When there is a Major update for a mobile plattform a large number of applications needs to be updated to work properly. So the maintanance cost has a linear growth."

    Says IS-Magnus Smartphone Expert at Interactive Solutions.

    To avoid such potential future headaches, we're seeing a clear trend towards HTML5 applications that can be used on all platforms and are relatively unaffected by device updates.

    “- Sure there are certain disadvantages when it comes to mobile webapplications and Hybrid applications, but for many applications, specially bussiness-apps, the benefits of the HTML5-app outweights the cons. The posiblity to deploy the application to multiple platforms is not the only benefit of a HTML-app, among other things you will get an application that is much simpler to customize and you'll have a the opportunity to add functions after the application is deplyed.
    HTML5-based libraries has reached a maturity level that allows developers to build most of the functionality you would be able to when utilizing the tools available for Native application development.”

    Finishes IS-Magnus.

    For the purposes of this conversation, we'll use the following definitions:

    • Native apps are built for a specific platform with the platform SDK, tools and languages, typically provided by the platform vendor (e.g. xCode/Objective-C for iOS, Eclipse/Java for Android, Visual Studio/C# for Windows Phone).

    • Mobile Web apps are server-side apps, built with any server-side technology (PHP, Node.js, ASP.NET) that render HTML that has been styled so that it renders well on a device form factor.

    • Hybrid apps, like native apps, run on the device, and are written with web technologies (HTML5, CSS and JavaScript). Hybrid apps run inside a native container, and leverage the device’s browser engine (but not the browser) to render the HTML and process the JavaScript locally. A web-to-native abstraction layer enables access to device capabilities that are not accessible in Mobile Web applications, such as the accelerometer, camera, contacts and push notifications.

    Which alternative to choose?
    One of the most common problems within mobile development, is that software developers need to educate themselves on mobile Native applications, and/or that they don't fully understand what a Hybrid application is. Which type you should choose, depends on what you want your application to do.
    If you want a very high level user experience, you might want to go for a native app. Native apps will always be able to deliver better performance, at the cost of a more complex code base compared to a hybrid app.

    Want to know more?
    We'd be happy to welcome you in to explain and give advice about whether a Hybrid application is the right way to go for your business or organization. Contact Bonny Trolle, Business Developer at Interactive Solutions, to book a meeting.

    Gartner predicts that more than 50 percent of all mobile applications will be Hybrid apps in 2016.