Development of Hybrid Mobile Applications
Nov 11, 2017

Hybrid Mobile Apps Development

If you are a developer or your company needs to perform a development for mobile devices, the first idea that comes to your mind is: Native or hybrid development?

We know that developing native applications leads to a higher production cost and likewise, the learning curve is much higher. Due to these limitations, we have an alternative: hybrid mobile and web applications.

Recall briefly the differences between hybrid, web and native applications.

The development of hybrid applications is a programming approach for mobile devices that combines the strengths of native programming with other technologies (such as web technologies or a programming language different from that of the platform) to develop cross-platform applications that run natively in Android and IOS.

Hybrid Mobile App DevelopmentThe mobile web development is basically the development of common web applications but optimized to be viewed from a mobile device. Therefore, these applications are executed through the device’s browser.

On the other hand, native applications are those that use the specific language of each platform. For example, Java for Android and Objective-C or Swift for IOS.

In this article, we will emphasize on comparing hybrid developments against mobile web developments.

Currently, we have many tools that facilitate the development of hybrid mobile applications and web. Each one with its respective advantages and disadvantages. Some of the best known: PhoneGap, Xamarin or Titanium.

Keep in mind that not all frameworks are equally versatile. It will depend on many factors to choose one that suits our needs.

Suppose that in our development team, we have mostly web developers. In this case, PhoneGap could seem the ideal option, since it would allow us to realize hybrid mobile applications using web technologies such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

However, we must bear in mind that, the result of an application made in PhoneGap, is nothing more than a web application adapted to the mobile device. Therefore, the performance can vary greatly according to the device, since it depends entirely on the mobile browser. However, it is still a viable option, because the cost of production is very low compared to native developments.

On the other hand, we have Xamarin and Titanium, which can be placed somewhere between native and hybrid. These technologies are based on developing applications using high-level languages (C # and JavaScript respectively) to later translate this code into a native code of the platform in question.

The main advantage of these technologies is, if you are a C # or JavaScript developer, you can use your knowledge to develop robust applications, without having to learn the language that each platform uses. However, Xamarin and Titanium also have their disadvantages. The main one is that we cannot compare the performance of a native application with one developed in Xamarin or Titanium. However, its performance is very acceptable.

Where do I start?

First, before starting a hybrid or web development, we must keep in mind the scope that our application will have, to know with certainty in which devices will be developed (Android, IOS or Windows Phone).

Followed by this, it is necessary to determine the budget and the resources that we will allocate for development. Since it will not be the same as we want to develop an application in its Android version and another in IOS.

Having well defined these two previous points, we can have a first approximation on what type of development we should implement.

So, is it advisable to develop hybrid mobile or web applications?

Of course yes. However, it is necessary to consider the aforementioned questions to determine if it is the most viable option for us.

For example, suppose that our application will not be so robust and that we will not allocate a large budget, then a web application might seem the most feasible option. Since its production cost will be much lower and we can have it on all devices. The problem is that if we require access to hardware functions (Camera, GPS, Accelerometer) some external components are required. Also, when implementing push notifications or alerts. What could raise the complexity of the project?

In the case that we opt for technologies such as Xamarin or Titanium, they can be considered as good alternatives. Since just like in web applications with PhoneGap, we only need to write our code once and we can compile it on different platforms. A highly recommended option is that we can package all our business logic in class libraries, which will be developed in the language of the Framework, to later only focus on the specific details of each platform. In this way, 70% of the code can be used without problems on all mobile platforms (Android and IOS).

However, we must bear in mind that these frameworks (especially Xamarin) tend to increase considerably the size of our application since when published, a series of dependencies are generated with the framework libraries, which are necessary to be able to execute the application. Likewise, if we compare the performance against a native application, the performance of an application in Xamarin or Titanium is a bit slower, without mentioning that in some cases a MAC with XCode will be necessary to compile in IOS.

The difference with respect to a web application is that we have easier access to the hardware of our device and also our application will be much faster and more robust.

Hybrid and web mobile applications are very useful, but it depends entirely on the complexity and scope of our project so that they can be implemented successfully. If we choose simple applications that do not interact much with the hardware and that run on all devices, a hybrid web application with PhoneGap would be an excellent option.

Hybrid Mobile Apps Development Services

Prakash Software, a leading hybrid apps development company in India, has extensive knowledge of hybrid app frameworks and offers hybrid mobile application development services to meet the diverse needs of the clients. We also provide our services in USA, UK, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Canada, Australia, Austria, France, New Zealand.

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