Posted by:Ranjani Rao January 7th, 2014

The word hybrid says it all! Hybrid apps are a genre of mobile apps developed using both web and mobile technologies. This unique fusion makes them mobile platform independent. It would be crazy not to think of hybrid apps as the future of mobile apps!

Seriously, what are they?

Meet the heroes – HTML5, CSS and Javascript. The application built using these fundamental web technologies are wrapped inside a native container. This means the app does two things –
  • utilize the device’s browser engine to process HTML5 and Javascript locally
  • access native device capabilities like accelerometer, camera and local storage via a web-to-native abstraction layer
So you code once, run the app across devices and get to enjoy the native feel. Isn’t that awesome?

The not so rosy part

Statistics say that 94 percent of developers bet on HTML5 to win. But, the path looks thorny though. The key issues that taint the glory of hybrid apps are
  • the coarse UX while page/screen transitions
  • the security vulnerabilities like malicious scripts or cross-domain requests
  • the stumpy performance issues due to the layered structure
However, mobile app developers are working around these issues with smoother Javascript libraries, better encryption options and smarter data and screen transitions. As they say, where there is a will, there is a way!

Everyone’s a winner!

The mobile market is on an evolution sprint. There is a new device and technology mushrooming almost every other day. As a business, what is important to you? Cost effectiveness, an outstanding UI or faster development cycles? Don’t worry; I won’t force you to pick one. Choose all of the above and go Hybrid. Also, do let me know if you are happy with your choice in the comment box below.

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