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Thomas Wilfred

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Hybrid apps are somewhat like a web app that has been put in the shell of a native app. Apps developed using Apache Cordova, Xamarin, React Native, Sencha Touch, and other similar technologies fall into this category.

Hybrid apps uses the single code base that works across many operating platforms. Therefore, it becomes easier and faster to develop these apps.

Apps are generally downloaded from application distribution platforms which are operated by the owner of the mobile operating system, such as the App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store. 

When it comes to mobile apps, we have three types in it-

  1. Native app
  2. Hybrid app
  3. Web-based app

While native apps are built specifically for a platform and web-based apps are made to be accessed through the internet, Hybrid apps are a mix of both the technologies. Hence, it has the best of both worlds, i.e.- Native and Web apps.

Hybrid apps

In this post, we are going to discuss the Hybrid apps, their advantages, and the companies which predominantly use it.

What are Hybrid Apps?

Hybrid apps are apps that are installed on a device, similar to your usual app. What makes the hybrid apps different from other 2 types is that they possess elements from native apps, applications made for a specific platform like iOS and Android, with elements from web apps, websites that act like apps but don’t need to be installed on a device and can be accessed on the internet via browser.

Working of Hybrid Apps

Hybrid apps are usually written in HTML, CSS, and Javascript, just like Web apps. Their code is run within a container. The web browser on the device is used to render HTML, JavaScript, and native APIs to gain access to the device’s hardware.

Although a hybrid app will share the same navigation elements as a web app, whether it can run online or offline depends on its functionalities. If an application does not need support from a database, then it can be made to function offline.

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Advantages of Hybrid Apps

Advantages of using hybrid apps are-

  1. Better Market Reach: Since the hybrid framework is already able to work on various platforms, it has a wider reach to the customers.
  2. Avoid the limitations of the Apple App Store: To deploy an application on the Apple App Store, the app has to be submitted and there is a waiting time for validation. The delay will vary depending on the time of the year but also depending on whether it is a first submission or an update. It generally takes between 1 to 7 days. Hybrid apps thus offer a great advantage for developers who wish to update their app frequently as it is not necessary to resubmit the new version of the modifications that haven’t touched native code.
  3. Finding resources: Most applications have an iOS version and an Android version. They are thus developed using the corresponding programming language: Objective-C or Swift for iOS, Java for Android. Hybrid apps allow for the use of programming languages used frequently by web developers (HTML, JavaScript, and CSS) who can thus reuse their knowledge. This makes finding resources to build a hybrid app easier.
  4. Reusability of the code: The biggest advantage of the Hybrid app is its ability to reuse the code. In this way, you can use the same code to develop the app on different platforms.
  5. Reducing development time and costs: The code is written once, which substantially reduces development time and costs compared to native apps which require separate development for iOS and development for Android.
  6. Offline Support: One of the advantages of Hybrid apps is that they can run without any problem in the absence of the internet, i.e offline. Users are able to load the app and have the power of accessing the data offline.
  7. Quick loading speed: When we talk about high-speed applications, it is native which usually comes into our mind. Hybrid apps are not far behind in this arena. The main reason is that these apps don’t depend on network communication and it runs flawlessly on users’ devices.

Now that we have discussed what are Hybrid apps and their advantages, let us look at the major companies that are using it as their primary application.

Instagram

Instagram

Instagram (sometimes abbreviated as IG) is an American photo and video-sharing social networking service owned by Facebook, Inc. The app allows users to upload media, which can be edited with filters and organized with tags and location information. Posts can be shared publicly or with pre-approved followers.

By adopting the hybrid approach, the developers have been able to make an app supports both offline data and rich media. The best example of this is the signature short videos feature.

The app lets the user access the media even when they are offline or at least displays an error message.

As of October 2015, over 40 billion photos had been uploaded. Although praised for its influence, Instagram has been the subject of criticism, most notably for policy and interface changes, allegations of censorship, and illegal or improper content uploaded by users.

Evernote

Evernote

Evernote is an app designed for note-taking, organizing, task management, and archiving. The app allows users to create notes, which can be text, drawings, photographs, or saved web content.

Notes are stored in notebooks and can be tagged, annotated, edited, searched, given attachments, and exported.

The app is mostly known for its seamless performance and pleasant design, which makes it stand out from other apps in this segment. It is free to use with monthly usage limits and offers paid plans for expanded or lifted limits.

Gmail

Gmail

Gmail is a free email service developed by Google. Users can access Gmail on the web and using third-party programs that synchronize email content through POP or IMAP protocols.

It is one of the most common email-sending applications across the world, with more than 1.5 billion users.

Earlier Gmail was powered by HTML, which limited its usability. After adopting the mobile strategy, Google has combined both HTML and native elements successfully into the application to make it more meaningful with a seamless performance.

By using hybrid app, it has greatly improved its performance and reduced the loading times.

Uber

Uber

Uber Technologies, Inc., commonly known as Uber, is an American multinational ride-hailing company offering services that include peer-to-peer ride sharing, ride service hailing, food delivery (Uber Eats), and a micro-mobility system with electric bikes and scooters.

As of 2019, Uber was estimated to have over 110 million worldwide users. In the United States, Uber had a 67% market share for ride-sharing in early 2019 and a 24% market share for food delivery in 2018. It has a revenue of $14.15 billion and 22,263 employees worldwide.

Since adopting the hybrid platform for its app, the navigation has become simpler and the user interface has become elegant when compared to its competitors.

Twitter

Twitter

Twitter is an American microblogging and social networking service on which users post and interact with messages known as “tweets”. Registered users can post, like, and retweet tweets, but unregistered users can only read them.

Users access Twitter through its website interface, through Short Message Service (SMS) or its mobile-device application software (“app”).

It has a net revenue of $3.46 billion with net income of $1.47 billion and nearly 4600 employees worldwide.

Since Twitter is a popular social media platform, it receives a huge load of traffic every now and then. To tackle this, they switched to hybrid app and ever since then, it hasn’t encountered any performance issues.

Seeing this performance boost in twitter, many businesses have began to opt for hybrid approach.

Baskin-Robins

Baskin Robbins

Baskin-Robbins is an American chain of ice cream and cake specialty shop restaurants. Its parent company is Dunkin’ Brands. It claims to be the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty stores, with more than 8,000 locations, including nearly 2,500 shops in the United States and over 5,000 in other countries. It sells ice cream in nearly 50 countries.

Baskin-Robins also use a hybrid framework for its app. The application uses HTML 5 to provide the best offline access to users with a similar UI on various platforms. In this way, it has combined both native and hybrid features in its app, which is quite impressive.

Amazon Appstore

Amazon Appstore

The Amazon Appstore for Android is an app store for the Android operating system operated by Amazon.com. It is available on the Kindle Fire tablet. The tablet, designed for media consumption in the Amazon ecosystem, relies solely on the Amazon Appstore for its marketplace, eschewing Google Play

The app is powered by HTML 5 and provides a great experience to users accessing it. Its top-notch user interface makes it unique among users and also makes the app highly engaging.

The apps provided in Amazon appstore are guaranteed to be of good quality and most of the apps you would find paid on Google Playstore or Apple store are available for free here.

Conclusion

Mobile apps have become very common with a large number of mobile users. Mobile apps provide easy access to things that would otherwise have to interact physically. Hybrid apps are those apps that have great performance and provide hassle-free browsing and don’t require a lot of maintenance.

When compared with Native and Web apps, it provides the best features of both and easier to access. It is capable of handling a good amount of traffic without crashing and has a good market reach and takes lesser time to develop.

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What is the Difference Between Native and Hybrid apps?

Hybrid apps are native apps only because it can be downloaded from platform’s app store like native app. Hybrid apps are built using web technologies like HTML, CSS and JavaScript whereas Native apps built with specific technology and language for specific platform like Java for Android, Swift for iOS.

Why Hybrids are Better Than Native Apps?

Unlike hybrid apps, native apps are built especially for the platform they’re to be used on (iOS,Android etc). React Native allows a proportion of the code to be shared between platforms and empowers developers to create apps which feel less clunky and perform better than hybrid apps.

Is WhatsApp a Hybrid App?

WhatsApp is a native app and it has different interfaces for its iOS and Android users.

Is Flutter a Hybrid?

Flutter is a technology of hybrid development of an application with fast performance, with lots of libraries (and, according to Google, there will be more), and one-time writing code (like in React Native, a developer writes code once and it will pass for iOS and Android).

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Thomas is a front-end Mobile Engineer with experience working for startups and multinationals across the world. As a certified Scrum Master, Thomas has worked with a team of 10 engineers located in three different countries for eBay.

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