- native App development
- hybrid App development
- Development of Web-Apps
A hybrid App is a combination of the other two types.
Hybrid Apps at a glance
In order to understand what a hybrid App even is, we first need to look at the other two “native” forms. For example, a native App is developed using IDEs and programming languages that are naturally or natively supported by a particular operating system, such as iOS, Android, or Windows. For example, Android supports both Kotlin and Java programming languages, which means that a native Android-App is programmed based on these technologies.
Web-Applikations can therefore run in all modern web browsers and are not limited to a single platform. However, with a web-App it is obvious to users that they are in one, as no Applikation has to be downloaded from the App store, but the application runs in the browser.
A Hybrid App represents a combination of the App-types explained in the paragraphs above and should combine the best characteristics from these two development approaches. Hybrid Applikations are based on web technologies like the web-Apps, but are executed in a so-called “container-App” instead of directly in the web browser. This means that web content is packaged in a containerApp, which is then played back on the end device like a native App. This “packaging” into a container gives the Application the possibility to access native functionalities and APIs of the respective operating system without restrictions. For users, the difference between a hybrid or native App is not directly apparent in many cases, as the installation is realized in both cases via the responsible App store.
Advantages and disadvantages of hybrid Apps
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