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Does “hybrid mobile application” ring a bell to you? If not, learn that it is just like other applications that you see on your mobile devices. Such apps can be easily installed and found in app stores in order to engage with your friends through social media, monitor your health, play your favourite games, take photos, and many more.

This type of application is developed using a mix of web technologies such as CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), and JS (JavaScript), similar to how websites on the internet are structured. What makes them different is that they are hosted inside a native app using WebView, a mobile platform which is a chromeless browser window that is configured to run on a fullscreen mode.

Hybrid mobile apps let you get access to device capabilities including the accelerometer, camera, contacts, and more. But these mentioned capabilities can’t be accessed inside mobile browsers.

How are mobile apps being built?

Answering how mobile apps are developed is not easy, and hybrid mobile apps are no different. This suggests hybrid applications doesn’t have to look different than the native ones, given that what matters more to users are the functions of the apps and if they work on the long run.

Again, hybrid mobile apps follow the same manner how websites are built using the combination of CSS, HTML, and JS technologies. They target a WebView which is hosted in a native container, not in mobile browsers. This enables users to get access to the mobile device’s hardware capabilities.

At present, most of the hybrid mobile apps leverage the platform, Apache Cordova . It consists of a  set of JavaScript APIs to get access to mobile device’s hardware capabilities using plug-ins that are built by mobile app development specialists. However, some developers do not prefer getting locked into such platforms. With this, hybrid mobile apps allow mobile app developers to re-use their current skills in web development.

SDKs, for example. They are offered by platform vendors and the programming languages as well.

Why build a hybrid mobile app?

What concerns mobile app developers is who are interested in building a hybrid mobile app. So, the very first thing that should be done is to check the requirements for the mobile application and to identify answers for the following questions:

  • Are you considering to use the capabilities of mobile devices?
  • Do you want to make your apps available across app stores?
  • Does the hybrid approach live up to its promise?
  • What are the technical skills of the app development team?

These questions must be answered before the development commences.

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