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Tips to Consider Before Making a Hybrid Mobile App

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Nowadays developing both hybrid and native mobile applications, Enterprise Mobility Solutions have proven that the selection of technology will depend on the casuistry and business needs of each client and each project.

Going a bit into the subject and to put it in context, it is worth making a brief presentation of the type of application:

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What is a hybrid application?

Applications developed in HTML, CSS, and Javascript that run on an abstraction layer/framework (Apache Cordova, Ionic, React Native, Capacitor ...) that provides access to terminal resources in a way that is neutral to the type of device. Therefore, through this paradigm, a single common application is developed and then prepared for each platform (with small functional adjustments if necessary).

10 endpoints about hybrid applications

Throughout the years developing both hybrid and native mobile applications, Enterprise Mobility Solutions have proven that the selection of technology will depend on the casuistry and business needs of each client and each project. For this, we have looked for a series of criteria on which to analyze the option of hybrid application.

The indicators collect the needs from the point of view of Mobile App Development Company and as well as the technological needs to be met:

Time-to-market of the initial development: it refers to the time to take the application to market from the concept to the deployment with the same number of resources.

Time-to-market of new functionalities: it refers to the time to market any evolutionary development of the initial product with the same number of resources.

Time to adjust a new functionality/release to design: refers to the time needed to accurately adjust a new development to the design approved by the client.

User experience: this refers to the user's general experience when using the application by Mobile App Development Company.

Code reuse: refers to the ability to reuse code between platforms.

Simplicity to maintain the code: refers to the ease of maintaining code from the point of view of minimizing "bugs" or programming failures, performing evolutionary developments, carrying code between platforms and training the technical team in charge of development.

Application performance: refers to the performance of the application in consumption of CPU resources and memory of the terminal.

Look & Feel of the application: refers to the possibility of customizing the design to adapt it to the specific needs approved by the client.

Capacity to coexist Native-Hybrid: refers to the possibility of coexisting parts of native development with parts of hybrid development.

Development cost: refers to the final cost that a project would have depending on whether we choose to develop it in a hybrid or native way.

Now that we have clear the basic characteristics, let's know more about the Hybrid Mobile app development and tips to consider before making a Hybrid Mobile App:

1)  Time-to-market of the initial development

In hybrid applications we work on a single base code for all application versions, therefore, with the same resources, the time-to-market of this type of application could be shorter. Sometimes Android Application Development Company can find tasks that require differentiation between platforms. In this case, it would require a double development, but it will always be a subset of tasks less than the whole project.

As a risk, it could be identified by Android Application Development Company that since the application has to be tested on both platforms, compatibility problems could be found between versions that the native ones do not present.

2) Time-to-market of new functionalities

Once the application is developed, many clients require continuous evolutionary Custom Mobile Application Development. For us, it is important to analyze how much it may cost in time and money to launch new features in the future. In the case of hybrid applications, it is not necessary to maintain two different technologies and two different base codes, so with the same resources, we can produce new functionalities more quickly.

3) Time to adjust a new functionality/launch to design

This criterion affects the team responsible for the design of the application, both UX / UI design and the graphic design itself. In the case of hybrid applications, it is easier and more flexible to modify elements of the UI (motion, views, custom controls, etc). This does not mean that a hybrid application is more usable, pretty or fast. It means that in Custom Mobile Application Development you can modify standard elements of the UI with less investment of time.

4) Experience of use

This point is perhaps one of the most complexes to evaluate. While it is true that with current technologies, it is possible to create a user experience very similar to a native one, in some old terminals, the performance and therefore the user experience may be somewhat lower. This also happens with the native developments in old terminals. Therefore at this point, we see that there could be a minimal difference.

5) Code reuse

The code of a hybrid application is portable to other platforms with minimal complexity, as long as they have support for these applications (Android Auto, Android TV, etc). In this case, a single base code is maintained, so that duplicity/triplicity/ XXXdad of functionalities will not exist.

6) Simplicity to maintain the code

At this point the existence of a unique code for the base application, although there may be specific customizations for each platform, gives a clear advantage to the hybrid application. This allows us to simplify the tasks of code maintenance, refactoring of functionalities, processes of going into production, etc.

7) Performance of the application

The fact that a hybrid application runs on a "virtual" environment makes its performance a bit lower by definition. However, nowadays this is minimized by using a UI formed by native controls configured and positioned by CSS and an SGML. Therefore, this difference in performance is minimized. Currently, there are applications that move a list of hundreds/thousands of photos at 60fps as a native ... because they are native in that sense.

8) Look & Feel of the application

Despite having multiple libraries that mimic the iOS and Android guides, there are problems of CSS compatibility between versions of Android and its browsers as well as certain versions of iOS UIWebView. As a general rule, it is not complicated to give a native Look & Feel to a hybrid app as long as it maintains compatibility with modern versions of the Android and iOS platforms.

9) Capacity to coexist native-hybrid

In that case, both options are the same. Today integrating native parts within a hybrid application and hybrid parts within a native application is simple.

 

As we mentioned in the first point about the time-to-market, the cost of multiplatform hybrid developments will always be lower, since Enterprise Mobility Solutions use the same code base on all platforms, for example, iOS, Android, Mac OS, Windows, etc.

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