Mobile app development is a process that creates different types of software applications for mobile phones. It has become a major part of growth for every company and through mobile apps, their customers are able to approach them in a better and efficient way.
Mobile applications are able to increase customer loyalty as the businesses are able to connect with the customers directly through, app purchases, ads, promotions, and notifications sent directly to customers’ mobile phones by the apps. These apps provide a simpler and more approachable platform for the clients to use the services that the company provides. Hybrid platforms are the choice for most of the companies, and have been proven to be a more affordable framework for app development.
Hybrid Mobile Applications: These apps are developed through a combination of both native and web solutions, which is why these apps are called a hybrid. The development of any application requires a software framework to support it.
In 2019, there were several frameworks that came up and had a very high usage rate, such as, Ionic (one of the most widely used), Flutter (developed by Google, an open-source mobile application development) and React Native (most popular cross-framework platform). These are some of the most popular frameworks of 2019, which are used to provide support to mobile app development.
Every app development approach has its pros and cons, and so does hybrid platforms. Though hybrid platforms are the most common approach for businesses these days, But, they have some cons to them as well. We’ll be discussing both, pros and cons of the hybrid platforms.
Pros & Cons of Hybrid Platforms:
Pros of Hybrid Apps.
- Cost-efficient: Hybrid platforms are 30% cheaper than native app development.
- Higher pace: Provides a single codebase approach to mobile app developers for iOS and android app development both. Making development faster.
- Greater market reach: every organization deals with the dilemma of deciding, for which platform they need to make an app for iOS or Android, the hybrid allows an opportunity for both.
- Cloud support: Hybrid platforms provides plugins that are easy to use and helps developers to upgrade. This eventually provides cloud services like Salesforce and AWS.
Cons of Hybrid Apps.
- Performance: Hybrid apps can be slow in performance due to the device and also the software version.
- Functionality: There are some hybrid platforms like phonegap that don’t provide support to every native feature.
- Delays in the upgrade: Hybrid app developers take time to add new updates and features released by Apple and Google because native apps are provided with SDKs faster than hybrid platforms.
Another framework that has been in popularity is Iconic framework, and so we will cover that as well in the following:
Ionic is an open-source SDK, for hybrid mobile applications and has been a part of mobile app development market since 2013. · Ionic framework usually works as a UI platform for iOS & android apps, they are built upon the terms of web standards, which can help your employees improve their existing development skills while using this platform to build their apps. Using Iconic can be a great option, to see how well your team can improve and work more efficiently.
Both, Hybrid and ionic, are a popular choice among the companies for developing different mobile applications for different platforms.