Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hybrid Technology of Mobile Application Development

We all are aware of the term hybrid.  It’s mixture two or more. In mobile application development, hybrid means the same.
An application based on hybrid technology is the blend two technologies known as web development and native mobile application development.  Major technologies used are HTML5, JavaScript and CSS3 for the web part and a platform specific language for the native part. An Android based hybrid app is created using Java, for native part, and HTML5, JavaScript and CSS3, for the web part.
Objective C is used for iPhone based hybrid app and the rest web technologies are as same as mentioned above.
Let us understand the hybrid mobile app development approach in a deep manner. The front-end part of such app, or what we download from the app store, is a native application.
It is a tiny application or you can say a container which developers build using platform specific app development language. They need to create different versions of this container for different platforms.
For the Android platform, developers will need an app with the extension called apk.iOS supports applications with extension called ipa.
Windows Phone powered phones support apps with xap file extension. So developers need to make different front-ends of the same app for multiple platform support.
Then there is the back-end part. This part is purely a web application developed with various web technologies as mentioned. 
To support multiple platforms, the web part is supposed to be compatible with all the mobile browser engines in use. Hybrid applications are created to use web view control to render the files of HTML5 and JavaScript in full screen.
They use the web engine of devices. Most of the popular operating systems such as Android, iOS and Blackberry do use the same web engine called Webkit.
The reason of preferring hybrid apps over mobile web apps is that they can use most of features of device. These apps can use offline storage, camera, geo-location, notification, calendar, etc.
hybrid app can also be made to support the display features like pinch, spread and swipe that are generally supported by native apps. When designed by expert mobile application developers, hybrid apps can also replicate most of features of native apps.
Hybrid app technology has just solved a common problem of mobile web app. It is distribution. There is no easy way to distribute a pure mobile web app.
But hybrid app can be distributed on stores like Google Play and the App Store. As mentioned above, developers can make platform specific native containers of the app and publish them on different stores.  
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Article Source : -https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/understanding-hybrid-technology-mobile-application-development-dave-6015047538292310016?published=u

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