Hybrid apps are part native apps, part web apps.Like native apps, they are made available in an app store and can take advantage of the many device features available. Like web apps, they rely on HTML being rendered in a browser, with the caveat that the browser is embedded within the app.
Developers build hybrid applications as wrappers for an existing web page, in that way, they get a presence in the app store, without spending significant effort for developing a different application. Hybrid applications are also popular because they allow cross-platform development and thus significantly reduce development costs: that is, the same HTML code components can be reused on different mobile operating systems. Tools such as PhoneGap and Sencha Touch allow people to design and code across platforms, using the power of HTML.
Hybrid apps are a great option for you if you:
- Want to target multiple mobile platforms
- Want to take advantage of device capabilities like geolocation, accelerometer or the camera
- Want the app to be usable when the device is offline
On the downside the hybrid applications don’t provide the advanced graphics performance that you can get from a native app. They need distinct web view implementations per platform. Generally users also complain that the Hybrid mobile apps do not look or feel smooth and natural.