Hey Everyone!! It’s been a long time since I posted as I was busy with other works and I’m gonna be very regular from now on. There’s gonna be a new post every month from now onwards. So, without any further ado, let’s get started on the topic HYBRID APPS. I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of it somewhere, well let’s get into it.

WHAT ARE HYBRID APPS?

Hybrid Apps are apps built originally using Web Technologies like CSS and Javascript but then converted into the native app code and format. Basically, if we write an app using React Native which uses JSX and CSS and then compile it in order to turn it into an native app, it’s known as a Hybrid App. There are plenty of hybrid app frameworks out there but you have to choose a one which suits your needs.

There are both advantages and dis-advantages in using Hybrid apps. There are many concerns over the few years of using it and until now, it is not as popular as a NATIVE APPLICTION.

ADVANTAGES

Here I’m gonna list out the two most essential and useful advantages eventhough there are plenty. The two are:

  • Cross-platform
  • Single Language coded

Cross-platform

Let’s see them in detail. First of all, Cross-platform allows your app to be coded once and run across a variety of platforms. Ex: Electron JS, it’s the most popular javascript framework for building cross-platform desktop apps. The entire code will be with JS or TS(TypeScript) and then it tweaks them accordingly to run in the respective operating systems. Apps built with Electron.js can be run on Windows, Mac and Linux.

Single code base

Now talking about Single Code Base, we can write Electron apps with JS, HTML and CSS and then it automatically converts them into a specific type required by the operating system the app is running on. So, here we don’t need to learn any other extra languages and JS is pretty much enough. If we are to do the same in native development for two operating systems, we need to learn two different sets of programming languages for the desired operating system. 

DIS-ADVANTAGES

Here we’re going to discuss about two main dis-advantages:

  • App performance
  • Customization

 

App PERFORMANCE

As of app performane is concerned, Hybrid apps are not as performant as Native apps. As hybrid apps should be converted into operating system specific code format, first conversion will take place from JS or other hybrid code and then, it compiles and deploys the app. So the mediator in this is the conversion process, as without that, we can’t run Hybrid apps on native devices. So it takes a toll on the performance while doing this. 

Customization

Your Hybrid apps should be compatible with plenty of versions available in different platforms(cross-platform) and it is your goal. Due to this, it is nearly impossible to give a user of a sepcific platform the most native experience, so the app will be more general towards the user experience. This prevents us from giving the most native experience to the users and this might also be a potential concern. There are some other ways around this, but it is not that efficient.

POPULAR MENTIONS

1. Instagram – Uses React Native

2. Discord – Uses React Native

3. VS Code – Uses Electron

4. BMW App – Uses Flutter

4. Google Pay – Uses Flutter