Over the past week, since we released the first beta of
For the purposes of this conversation, I’ll use the following definitions:
Why might a business need a mobile app? Read 5 reasons given by our friends at Mobiversal.
Like any other technology choice, deciding between native and hybrid requires you to look at the user experience and decide on the level of investment you need to make to achieve the goal. Native apps will always require more investment because they are written with more complex languages,
Also, the approach to mobile app testing will differ for each type of app. Keep it in mind while planning the development process.
Hybrid apps are a great option for you if you:
Hybrid apps are built with web technologies which means there are millions of web developers who already have the base skill set to build mobile apps.
Here is a graph that highlights the differences in native, hybrid and mobile web applications.
Icenium is no longer in Beta! How does it work? Learn more about Icenium and how it enables you develop hybrid mobile apps for iOS and Android with ease. Best of all, it's completely FREE until May 1, 2013!
March 2015 update: As with all things, a lot has changed after this original post. For an updated take, you may want to take a look at an article we posted on our Developer Network: What is a Hybrid Mobile App?
Jim Cowart is an architect, developer, open source author, and overall web/hybrid mobile development geek. He is an active speaker and writer, with a passion for elevating developer knowledge of patterns and helpful frameworks.
Subscribe to be the first to get our expert-written articles and tutorials for developers!