App development

Hybrid apps as a new trend

Mobile apps have become an essential part of our everyday lives. It is so convenient to use them, as they are still ready to serve us in your pockets. People spend more and more time using these apps, which a lot of companies are aware of. Therefore they want their own app to support their business.

This puts pressures on digital agencies, like Pixelfield, to come up with innovative ideas, great designs, flawless user experience and others.

The biggest deal when creating an app is to decide how – is better a web app, cross-platform or native app? Which solution will be the most suitable for the client?

In 2017 there has been a study, which showed that hybrid app development is getting more and more popular among developers. In fact, according to the study, more than 32 percent of developers are considering switching from native app development to hybrid app development.

The advantage of hybrid apps is quite clear. Basically, it is a combination of web app and native mobile app, it brings the best out of them. While web apps operate in browsers, which means that by developing just one app, we can reach users of every platforms. Doesn’t matter whether the user has a phone with Android, Apple or Windows, every web app will work perfectly there to bring perfect UX.

On the other hand, web apps cannot access all features smartphones offer, such as running in the background or using Bluetooth contacts saved in the phones or accelerometer.

Native apps have the advantage of using those functions listed above. They are mostly distributed using channels like App Store and Google Play. Their downside is in their development. For each platform it needs to be changed in order to run smoothly. This means more time to develop them and hand in hand with time go the development costs (the same with every app update).

Hybrid apps, as mentioned before, connect these two (native apps and web apps) together. It is achieved by so called webview wrapper, which allows the developers to use their existing skill set instead of creating a new one.

Thanks to the technology of hybrid apps it is now much easier to convert web apps into mobile apps. However, even hybrid apps have their drawbacks. Animations can serve as an example of this. Native apps have more options to be polished to their highest level of coolness, while doing that with hybrid apps is complicated, very complicated.

It is always essential make a decision about which approach to use with regards to long-term plans of the business the app is developed for.

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