Hybrid Mobile App Development
The hybrid approach combines native development with web technology. Using this approach, developers write significant portions of their application in cross-platform web technologies, while maintaining direct access to native APIs when required.
The native portion of the application uses the operating system APIs to create an embedded HTML rendering engine that serves as a bridge between the browser and the device APIs. This bridge enables the hybrid app to take full advantage of all the features that modern devices have to offer.
The native portion of the app can be developed independently, but some solutions in the market provide this type of a native container as part of their product, thus empowering the developer with the means to create an advanced application that utilizes all the device features using nothing but web languages. In some cases, a solution will allow the developer to use any native knowledge he or she might have to customize the native container in accordance with the unique needs of the organization.
|Feature||Native app||Hybrid app||Web app|
|Development language||Native only||Native and web or web only||Web only|
|Code portability and optimization||None||High||High|
|Access device-specific features||High||Medium||Low|
|Leverage existing knowledge||Low||High||High|
|Upgrade flexibility||Low (Always by way of app stores)||Medium (Usually by way of app stores)||High|
|Installation experience||High (From app store)||High (From app store)||Medium (By way of mobile browser)|