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The Pros and Cons of Hybrid Mobile App Development

Entering the world of mobile applications is a must for companies wanting to capture a user’s business, but it can be a daunting experience. With so many app ecosystems to develop for, how do you know you are choosing the right one? Will iOS work best or would Android, Blackberry or Windows 8 be your better option?

According to Developer Tech, for those not wanting to make that decision, hybrid mobile apps are an alternative option.

Hybrid mobile apps can be released on multiple platforms when using certain web technologies (HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript), saving you the overheads that come with having to learn the ins and outs of each platform. However, before you get too excited, there are a few things you should know before jumping in to hybrid mobile apps:

Performance: Nothing will work as well as a properly coded native application. Going with hybrid could mean a few kinks across different platforms, but a good developer should be able to create an app that balances the quirks of each platform.

Features: If a feature doesn’t translate across all platforms, chances are it won’t be included in your hybrid development. This means some of your favourite features won’t be available.

User experience: By creating a generic application, it’s difficult to come up with a design that keeps with the interface guidelines of all the major platforms. You could end up alienating one set of users with your design platform preference.

Debugging: With a natively coded app, if you get a bug, it is usually easily fixable, but with hybrid apps fixing a bug is a lot more complicated.