by Katerina Merzlova, a copywriter with Intellectsoft
Modern mobile technologies have achieved tight integration into our daily lives and work. They are simplifying a great number of things which we previously did before manually. Nowadays, we use a wide range of the mobile gadgets today, So, we have now reached the point where mobile developers have to confront the problem of delivering (and using) systems that will be able to function on Mobile mobile OS’s. A solution to this problem has beendeveloped and it goes by the name of hybrid applications.
A hybrid app. What is it exactly?
Currently you can classify existing types of mobile apps into the following basic types: -
- Native apps – which are designed for a specific mobile platform with the application of bespoke SDK, languages and tools such as Objective-C, Java, C#
- Mobile web apps – which are developed with using server-side technologies like PHP or ASP.NET rendering HTML.
- Hybrid apps – which are developed to be able to combine the features of web and non-web technologies. These apps can be run on any device and are designed with the application of such web tools like HTML5 and CSS.
End users won’t notice the difference between hybrid and native mobile apps. That’s because hybrids apps are downloaded from the mobile application stores.
They are then installed on devices and used in the same way as all other types of apps.
Those parts can be reused in the development of apps for other mobile platforms rather than rewriting the same parts of code over again and again but only using different programming languages.
Some of a hybrid application’s best features are: -
- It works independently via an internet connection
- It integrates into the device file system
- It integrates into web-based services
- It has a build-in browser for access improvements to the dynamic content published online.
However, as we all know, every coin has two sides. And a hybrid app and its development haven’t reached the level of productivity that native apps may provide.
Their functionality is lower; the work speed is slower.
But it is just a new technology and I believe that progress will be made and that hybrid apps will soon replace native and web-based ones. How about you?
Katerina Merzlova is a copywriter from Intellectsoft, an iOS, Android and Windows Mobile app development company. She is a geek and loves to read and write about high tech.