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What is Hybrid Mobile App Developmen

Looking for the best app idea for your business, you will encounter some options. These are a native app, a web app, and a hybrid app. In this regard, you need to make an important choice. And pick the one that will cover specific needs of your company. Which one is the best, you may wonder. The answer is not so simple. Each of them has their drawbacks and benefits. 

Choosing mobile web development type, you need to rely on your budget, consider time for development and target audience. We recommend you also taking into account user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) as well as future maintenance. 

Hybrid application is an optimal solution for the majority of businesses. Run through our findings below to see why.

What Is a Hybrid App?

Let’s see what a hybrid app means. According to IT glossary a hybrid mobile app incorporates the elements of a native app and a web app. Just to remind you: native app is created and tailored  for a specific platform like Android or iOS. However, a web app can be used only via browser on the internet. 

Like native apps, hybrid ones can be downloaded to a mobile device. Similar to web apps, hybrids can also be accessed using browsers. 

Hybrid software is built by applying the most popular mobile app development frameworks such as Flutter, React Native, Iconic and others. HTML5, CSS, JavaScript technologies allow creating that cross-platform solution. 

Simply saying building hybrid apps devs don’t need to create separate code for Android and IOS. They write it once and accommodate it on multiple mobile operating systems.


Hybrid App Pros and Cons

Hybrid application is really a good solution. It has many more pros than cons. Among the former, it is worth mentioning that hybrid apps:

  • operate on both IOS and Android platforms;
  • run on web browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.
  • require less time than native app development; it enables companies to use the
  • newest web development tools and create a cutting-edge hybrid application.
  • less expensive than building IOS and Apple native apps separately
  • less effort to update and fix them
  • are able to work both online and offline.


Despite a bunch of pros that a good hybrid app features, it still has some cons.

First, such mobile app performance is slower than a native app.

Secondly, the appearance of application maybe completely or a bit different on another operating system.

Thirdly, hybrid app testing is exhausting. It requires to be done on numerous devices. It may be time and money consuming.

And lastly, UX may be lacking if the design of the app isn’t similar to the one the user is accustomed to.

When Should You Use a Hybrid App?

If you are still not sure whether a hybrid app is your choice, check the points below.

You need it for sure if:

  • you target both web and mobile device audience
  • you look for multiple platform compatibility
  • your app should be lunched very quickly
  • you are on a tough budget but need the app badly.


We hope we managed to explain the main benefits and drawbacks of hybrid apps. We also believe that after having read the article you can see if you need it for your business or another one.

No matter what decision you’ll come up with, we are here to help you implement it.

Our team has been specializing in mobile app development for 14 years. We have made a significant contribution into growing dozens of big and small companies. All our customers were completely satisfied with our work. Would you like to be the next happy owner of a successful app? Take advantage of our free consultation, and we will tell you how to do it.


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