Hybrid apps interact with your mobile operating systems indirectly. Read more about, what is a hybrid app?
Many people just assume native apps are better because of the terminology used. But before you actually pick one over the other for your startup or product. Let’s look at what a hybrid app brings to the table.
Proponents of native apps state the following advantages:
- Device specific features like apps GPS, camera etc
- Better user experience
Device specific features
There are hundreds of plugins available, many of which expose or give access to device specific hardware or features. But even if you needed to use a feature that isn’t. You couldn’t simply write a plugin yourself or collaborate with someone to get that feature. Here are a few key device-specific plug-ins out there:
- Cordova Core Plugins. There is support for everything from Battery Status, Camera, Console, File API, Geolocation, Statusbar and more.
- PhoneGap Push Notifications Plugin
- Custom URL scheme Cordova/PhoneGap Plugin
If you crave for that native kick for certain computations, you can always write parts of your app natively. But native animation speed can no longer be held against hybrid tech.
Better User Experience
Some say people are used to native UI elements. With frameworks like OnsenUI providing component library that look and feel native you don’t have to worry about the User Experience.
But why is taking the hybrid route better for most organizations?
1. One team
Essentially allowing you to maintain one team for multiple platforms and the web.
2. Launch faster and service your customers better
With a major part of the codebase being the same for iOS, Android, Windows and Web applications will allow you to fix bugs faster. Have a much better automated test coverage. Lessons learned from one app will be applied to the other versions in many cases without any additional work.
3. Access to talent
It is a great time to be developing using hybrid app technology especially now. Launch faster, run leaner, grow your development team faster pick hybrid!
Would love to hear your experiences native or hybrid.
Close to 15 years in tech; I've served as a CTO and advisor to multiple organizations. Brought close to 20 products to market. As a founding member of multiple organizations I've done everything from tech to stratgey, sales, marketing, hiring, accounting and more. Experience in a variety of technologies including but not limited to AWS, Node, React, Serverless, ElasticSearch, Groovy, Java, Typescript, Angular, Grails, PHP, Drupal, Wordpress.
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