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What is Hybrid App Development?  


Hybrid apps are a blend, hence the name hybrid, of both native and web solutions. Where the core of the application is written using web technologies. In this article we dive deep into hybrid app technology.

When beginning to choose your solution to create a new mobile application, you are often faced with a wide range of options, but are unsure of where to begin. Is building your application solely with native solutions the right choice? Should your team look at only developing with web technologies? What about some of the hybrid solutions out there? These are among the many questions that arise when deliberating which path is best for your business.

To start the process, it’s important to remember that picking the right solution for your next application (or first) depends on several factors: Your budget, the timeline, your team’s experience with the technology and, finally, your target audience.

So, with that, let’s explore the three primary genres of mobile application development and discuss some of the benefits and drawbacks of each of these solutions. By the end of the article, you should have a better grasp of the choices and be able to find the right solution to your mobile application development goals. First, let’s define what our genres are.

Features of hybrid applications  


Hybrid applications features include:

  • The ability to function whether or not the device is connected.

  • Integration with the mobile device's file system.  

  • Integration with Web-based services.

  • An embedded browser to improve access to dynamic online content.

How hybrid applications work  


Hybrid apps work similar to Web apps but like native apps, are downloaded to the device. Similar to Web apps, hybrid apps are typically written in
HTML5, CSS and JavaScript. Hybrid apps run code inside a container. The device's browser engine is used to render HTML and JavaScript and native APIs to access device-specific hardware.

Although a hybrid app will typically share similar navigation elements as a Web app, whether or not the application can work offline depends on its functionalities. If an application does not need support from a database, then it can be made to function offline.