The benefits to building a hybrid mobile app are numerous: they utilize skills most front-end developers already have, and only requires one version of your app, which will run anywhere, on any device. Plus, the process of coding and deploying a hybrid app is faster, cheaper and easier—especially when you’re dealing with simpler apps.
Popular hybrid app frameworks
The next generation of hybrid mobile app frameworks have solved for some previous limitations of hybrid apps—usability, access to device APIs, updating SDKs, and more. Opt for one of these technologies—and a pro who knows how to maximize its potential—and you’ll end up with a better quality hybrid app, lots of features, and less headaches along the way.
A few top hybrid tools include:
PhoneGap (Apache Cordova)
Sencha Touch 2
With hybrid app programming, the end goal is often to make the app feel as close to native as possible—and Sencha Touch achieves this with HTML5-based front-end technology and lots of built-in tools. The cornerstone is its responsive user interface (UI), and you’ll end up with clean, organized code thanks to the object-oriented, MVC-style structure of the framework. Need enterprise-grade apps? Sencha is a good choice. If you’re building more complex applications, you’ll benefit from Sencha’s great documentation (thanks in part to its age), but note that the complexity of using this framework will increase right along with the complexity of your app.
Note: Even though hybrid apps let developers use skills they already have, there can be tricky aspects to working with the platform or framework you choose, as well as unique features of each that require a little know-how to make the most of. You’ll want to make sure your hybrid app developer has experience with that particular tool’s runtime environment, WebView, plugins, and other code features.