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Hybrid Mobile Applications

To say that this is the age of mobile apps is a massive understatement. Apps are making lives easier for people and the demands on apps are also increasing. People expect a lot, and only apps living up to expectations stand a chance.

Mobile cross platform development is the answer to the increasing demands of sophistication and user-friendliness. That’s why hybrid mobile applications are the right approach to take to design mobile apps. A hybrid mobile app brings together the advantages of both HTML5 and native platform. A hybrid app is a web app built primarily with HTML5 and JavaScript but having access to features of native platforms.

There are benefits for native as well as HTML5 mobile applications.

Native Apps

Native apps provide great usability and the ultimate overall mobile experience with the best features. A native app is developed to be specifically used on a particular device or platform, as a result of which it can access the features of that device as well as other software installed there, enabling the app to function better.

The native platform provides certain unique benefits such as:

  • High-speed graphics API – This is pretty advantageous when you have a screen with many elements with a good deal of data involved to display the page. It helps in faster page loading where there’s a fast refresh required. It also facilitates fluid animation which is critical for gaming and computational algorithms.
  • User-friendliness – Users are more familiar with the native platform. And combined with the advantage of high-speed graphics API, the app becomes much easier to use.
  • Built-in Components Seamlessly Integrated – With the native app, native device features such as address book, camera, geo-location, etc. can seamlessly integrate into mobile apps.

HTML5 Apps

HTML5 apps, by contrast, employ standard web technologies such as HTML5, CSS and JavaScript. These apps are developed to work on many devices rather than tailored to the specific device as native apps are. As a result, they are universal and sophisticated. Using HTML5 and JavaScript, you can create sophisticated apps, but they wouldn’t be able to access the functionality of native devices such as the camera, geo-location or address book. Secure offline storage and session management are also issues.

With hybrid apps though, you have the universality and sophistication of HTML5 and JavaScript combined with the native device accessibility of a native platform. A hybrid mobile app is created with HTML5 and JavaScript and is then cocooned in a native container such as PhoneGap to access native device features. So, you can benefit from the advantages of both the platforms and create a better app, without sacrificing on native platform benefits.

Implementing Hybrid Apps

There can be a bit of confusion when thinking of implementing hybrid apps since native apps are device-installed while HTML5 apps are stored on a Web server. There are two ways of implementing hybrid apps.

HTML and the JavaScript code can be packaged into the mobile application binary like a native application structure. REST APIs can help in transferring data from the device to the cloud and vice versa. The other option is to carry out the implementation of the full web application right from the server and then make use of the native container like a thin shell on top of the UIWebview. To improve performance, caching can be used.

Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP)

Empressem employs advanced mobile enterprise application platforms (MEAPs) for developing apps suiting the requirements of our customers. MEAP is a collection of services that enable the development of mobile applications. There are so many mobile devices, networks and user groups out there that it gets difficult to develop mobile software which works well in all of these. MEAPs are not like standalone mobile apps and can manage the various devices during the deployment and lifecycle of mobile solutions. With MEAP, Empressem can develop an app for a given mobile, but then deploy it to various other mobile devices including tablets, notebooks and other handheld devices.

We use the Best Mobile App Builder Tools out there

ReactJS

The React JavaScript Library was launched by Facebook in 2013 and has since made itself one of the world’s most used JavaScript frameworks. ReactJS is used in many popular websites such as Netflix, Airbnb, SeatGeek, Imgur, etc. There are many reasons for its popularity, one of which is its easy comprehensibility. It is easy to understand its basic insights and write components. It comes with optional syntax extension called JSX. JSX enables HTML and JavaScript to be combined so you can develop custom components. It also facilitates component reusability, ensuring faster app development.

Ionic

Ionic refers to an HTML5 framework for developing hybrid mobile apps. It is a front-end UI framework and takes care of all the UI interactions of your app. It supports many native mobile components. Animations and design are also taken care of. Ionic offers native-styled UI layouts and elements. With Ionic, you can create mobile applications eclipsing current HTML5 development frameworks. Being an HTML5 framework, Ionic requires a native wrapper such as PhoneGap or Cordova.

AngularJS

AngularJS provides a good deal of flexibility. It helps you to release your website faster since it simplifies the testing and development stages. It also works with JavaScript, HTML and CSS. The collaboration with JavaScript encoding helps attain a cohesive look. With AngularJS working with various libraries and being extensible, your workflow can be customized for meeting your app needs.

The Tools are there, but Empressem has the Expertise

The aforementioned technologies still need the expertise to use them in the most efficient manner that brings about savings in time and cost for customers. At Empressem, we are:

  • Constantly innovating with new technologies
  • Employing structured internal learning processes with market-ready skilled technology professionals in React.js, Ionic and AngularJS
  • Continuously aligning to the customer needs as a mobile app development partner

Consequently, we have our tightly coupled systems and processes to live up to the expectations of our customers, to give them what they’re looking for, in terms of app objectives. We evaluate our customer needs, consult with them, and ensure that the end result gives the best value.

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