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Hybrid Mobile Application

Hybrid Mobile Application

Hybrid apps are essentially web apps that look and feel pretty much like native apps. Built with typical web technologies like JavaScript, CSS, and HTML5.

Hybrid, by definition is anything derived from heterogeneous sources, or composed of elements of different or incongruous kinds. A hybrid app is one that is written with the same technology used for websites and mobile web implementations, and that is hosted or runs inside a native container on a mobile device. It is the marriage of web technology and native execution.

Hybrid apps use a web view control (UIWebView on iOS, WebView on Android and others) to present the HTML and JavaScript files in a full-screen format, using the native browser rendering engine (not the browser itself). WebKit is the browser rendering engine that is used on iOS, Android, Blackberry and others. That means that the HTML and JavaScript used to construct a hybrid app is rendered/processed by the WebKit rendering engine (for you Windows 8 folks, this is what the IE10 engine does for Metro style apps that use WinJS) and displayed to the user in a full-screen web view control, not in a browser. No longer are you constrained to using HTML and JavaScript for only in-browser implementations on mobile devices.

The real secret sauce of hybrid apps is the implementation of an abstraction layer that exposes the device capabilities (read: native APIs) to the hybrid app as a JavaScript API. This is something not possible with Mobile Web implementations because of the security boundary between the browser and the device APIs. Apache Cordova (formerly PhoneGap) is an example of a JavaScript abstraction layer over native APIs (for you Windows 8 folks, WinJS is another example of a JavaScript abstraction layer on top of native APIs). Through this abstraction layer a common set of APIs is exposed in JavaScript, and these JavaScript APIs work on any device supported by the framework (for WinJS that’s only Windows 8, but for Cordova that is seven mobile platforms including iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone 7). When the native wrapper is compiled around the HTML, CSS and JavaScript resources, there is an interop layer added that connects the JavaScript APIs with the platform specific APIs.

What this really means is that, for example if I build a mobile app with Apache Cordova, I can use JavaScript to access a native API, like the camera, using a single API call regardless of what platform the app will run on.

Summary

Hybrid apps are a great option for you if you:

  1. Want to target multiple mobile platforms
  2. Want to take advantage of device capabilities like geolocation, accelerometer or the camera
  3. Want the app to be useable when the device is offline
  4. Don’t need the advanced graphics performance that you can only get from a native app.

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.

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