Smartphone has invaded every facet of human life thanks to mainly mobile apps for every different purpose and user needs we can think of. But mobile web available with just a tap is equally popular besides apps to access content and web-based services. While the popularity of mobile apps and mobile web will continue for years to come, eventually hybrid apps offering a flexible user experience of both native apps and web interface has almost become the mainstream of mobile apps in general.
It is already clear to the wider audience than just relying on the native apps is far from enough. Realizing this, earlier we have seen many businesses unleashed their own native apps besides allowing users access to their mobile websites. While this continued for some time, eventually they understood that offering comprehensive hybrid apps bringing together native access and mobile web interface will be more effective for user engagement and interactions. Hybrid apps with the web interface work across several platforms, while easily incorporates device features for native interaction.
Do you want to know why hybrid apps are the inevitable reality of the future of mobile app development? Well, here we tried to explain some of the key reasons that make hybrid apps the future of mobility as such.
An array of frameworks for hybrid development
There is a whole array of high-performance app development frameworks now to help to bring in native-App functionality into hybrid apps. Many of these frameworks unleashed in the recent past became tremendously popular and was embraced by developers worldwide to build most sophisticated mobile apps with extensive support for native functionalities and web interface.
Mobile platforms pushing for native functions in web apps
For some time both major mobile platforms like iOS and Android are putting efforts to give web apps the ease, flexibility, and accessibility of native apps. Both iOS and Android are now allowing users to place the icon of a mobile app on the screen and access them with the single tap as with any other native app.
This opened the door of offline access for many web apps. For instance, you can easily access all Google apps like Google Docs or Google Sheet offline and update the changes as soon as the internet is on. Google also came with Progressive Web Apps which is a clear indication towards embracing the hybrid approach.
Limitations with App Store and Play Store
If you want to build a mobile app with native functions from the scratch you need to go through an elaborate process that involves, prototyping, layout design, coding, testing, App Store submission and releasing. The entire process can be cut short by converting your website into a mobile app with the use of a framework. The best thing is when building such hybrid apps, you have the option of easily updating contents and changes to your app whenever you wish to do so. While updating an app with the app or play store is not instantaneous and easy, with hybrid apps you have this ease.
Increasing talent deficit
Faster development and time to market
Thanks to the reliability and ease of using web development languages and reusable code base, hybrid apps ensure faster development and quicker time to market. Instead of going through the entire lifecycle of developing and promoting an app hybrid apps allow faster transformation of an app idea into reality.
Finally, there can be hardly any doubt that native apps will always have an appeal because of its smooth, independent, and reliable user interface. But, with the mobile web is continuing to deliver a competitive value, the hybrid apps are bound to foster. The typical UI shortcomings of hybrid apps are continuously getting thinner and will eventually evaporate blurring the division of native and web in the time to come.
Author bio: Keval Padia is a co-founder of Nimblechapps, a prominent iPhone app development company based in India. He follows different tech blogs and current updates of the field lure him to express his views and thoughts on certain topics.