Native to Hybrid

The fantastic world of Internet has actually been reduced to our fingertips today with the advent of smartphones and cheap data! These are not just instruments for keeping in touch or for entertainment but also platforms for serious business. About 50% mobile users shop using mobile apps and many claims to have even stopped using desktops for general internet browsing. Mobiles have become very personal devices and take care of most day-to-day activities including all kinds of shopping and bookings!

The user experience on the mobile is, therefore, really, really important to any business nowadays! Good apps have shown to boost businesses 9 out of 10 times.

When it comes to apps and developing one, there is an important choice to make between developing the app as Native or Hybrid. While Native apps are specifically designed for a specific OS, Hybrid apps are usually cross-platform. That means hybrid apps are written in a way that they can easily be modified for launching over different mobile platforms! Back in the day, only native SDKs (software development kits) were used to make mobile apps! Demands were lesser and one could take time in building the apps specifically for different OSs by hiring highly specialized native developers! But today, scenes have changed! Traditional native development needs to take a back seat and make way for newer SDK to meet the growing demand for mobile apps and experiences. Say hello to Hybrid SDK apps!

1. Hybrid apps are built faster than Native

Of course! Let’s see how:

  • As Hybrid apps are developed from a single codebase, they are easily tuned to fit on multiple platforms making them about two to three times faster than native.
  • Native apps are specific to different OSs and need to be developed separately for each system.
  • Using open web technologies like JavaScript, HTML and CSS, Hybrid apps are smartly developed from native apps such that they access the native features of a specific platform like mobile device or website browser and are operable without tying the core code to the device! Brilliant!

Hybrid-built apps run out of a single codebase and retain the look and feel of native.

2. Development costs are lower

Development of hybrid apps are much cheaper and a lot easier. Here’s why:

  • You can use your ready development teams using the existing tools and technology and go ahead with Hybrid app development.
  • At the same time, hiring native developers is more expensive as they are more specialized and highly paid for development over various platforms.
  • With Hybrid apps, you can also develop for different platforms using a single codebase and thus save a lot on developing de novo for each OS.

3. Flexibility with Hybrid apps

This is the shining feature of hybrid app development! Generate a single code base and you are good to go! See:

  • You can access the app across various platforms; as hybrid app development is web-based, these apps can be run anywhere (through plug-ins).
  • They are easily adaptable to each platform and save a lot of time!
  • In fact, one of the experiences that users love about hybrid apps is their consistency in experience across platforms and hardware like mobile and desktop browsers.

4. Hybrid apps getting more efficient

Yes, performance wise hybrid apps have always been criticised. But this is exactly why they are the focus point of improvisations!

  • Next generation smartphones with processors that put computers to shame and clean, efficient codes written by new-age developers make differentiating between hybrid and native-code apps really tough! The performance of hybrid apps is only improving and management is getting easier.
  • Since only a single codebase for each app is to be maintained, the efficiency is higher and with fewer defects!
  • Hybrid apps are evolving to cater to future applications development that will run on diverse platforms and devices like GPS in cars, or portable medical devices. Hybrid development will be the way to go!

It’s time to switch from Native to Hybrid! To know more, catch us at Flying Penguins for we’ll be pleased to tell you how.