Hybrid apps. Short overview

Hello, everyone! How goes it? Do you have a few minutes? I would like to speak with you about hybrid apps and give a short overview of them. You will know some info about the advantages and disadvantages of hybrid apps. Also, you will become acquainted with three reasons why you need to use and develop hybrid apps. I hope you will like it. Once an American writer said: “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

Let’s get into it. 

Short overview

Firstly, I want to begin with the definition of the term “hybrid app”. A hybrid app is a combination of both native and web applications. Usually, this combination of native and web apps are created with the help of JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. If you have a really good idea for an app but you don’t want to spend several thousand dollars, and time, a hybrid app would be the best option for you.

As we can see, hybrid apps are well-known because they give to developers the possibility to write code for a mobile app once and still contain several platforms like Android and iOS.

Advantages and disadvantages of hybrid apps.

First of all, I will illustrate the advantages of hybrid apps.

  1. Only one codebase needed for these apps.
  2. You can save time and money.
  3. Easy to test and fix issues on all platforms at the same time.
  4. Faster market release.

But also these apps have disadvantages:

  1. Performance. (Perhaps it is the greatest disadvantage of hybrid apps.)
  2. Moreover, expensive after the release of maintenance.
  3. 3.Problems with scale updates.

So, as you see hybrid apps have either advantages or disadvantages.

Hybrid apps frameworks  

Here is the list of the most often used hybrid mobile apps frameworks. 


Ionic is the best known and favorite framework for hybrid app development. Good thing for this framework that it has a wide range of progress such as mobile elements, interactive paradigms, and makes the job easier. Mobile app creators love it very much!


It is one of the main frameworks which is used by many developers. It is also called Apache Cordova. You can use the terms PhoneGap and Cordova analogously. Most of the instructions are similar.

It is one of the generally used technologies with a common code base and it can be used for creating multiply versions of an app. Knowledge of HTML, JavaScript, and CSS is quite enough to get started with PhoneGap app development. If you are newer, it will easy to start work with this framework.


Xamarin is one of the coolest tools for building-platform apps. We get a mobile app from Xamarin, which looks and feels absolutely native. Xamarin’s basic programming language is C#. This framework can reduce the time and cost of mobile app development. Developers can use the same code for various systems of operation containing Windows, iOS, and Android. 

Once UI 

It is a free software hybrid mobile app framework. The framework construction formed of three levels: CSS components, web components, and framework bindings. Developers are allowed to make apps with the help of HTML 5 and JavaScript and combine them with PhoneGap to build an amazing app with outstanding features. Once UI is a piece of cake and is free to use for commercial projects.

Framework 7

Framework 7 is a very useful mobile app development framework for Android and iOS. It’s a public source with updates rolled out regularly. Some famous apps like Blokt, Wappler, HICAPPS were developed through Framework 7. The apps built through Framework 7 are quicker and more flexible.

React Native

One of the best frameworks to use and develop cross-platform apps. Rather simple, flexible, and with strong support and community. It is one of the most widely spread technologies and the most popular one. More information you can read in my article about React Native.

So, what are you waiting for? Please choose one of these frameworks and start your work. There are a lot of mobile app development frameworks accessible in the market.  

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Three reasons why you need to develop hybrid apps? 

It would be also interesting to read about reasons for the hybrid app usage.

1. Low-cost progress across multiple platforms.

As a result, the same elements can be used for different mobile apps or platforms when they are created through hybrid (cross platforms) frameworks.

2. Connect the best features of both worlds.

When joined to the web, a hybrid app provides its complete variety of features and content. Nevertheless, when offline, it still holds much of its advanced offline facilities.

3.Keeping full from the use of the device’s features.

A hybrid app can fully apply all the characteristics accessible in the smart device. Updates have to be set up in the form of a new version, which makes users upload.

In a nutshell, hybrid apps are worth your attention. I hope, that these three reasons help you to bend to write the hybrid app. Every cloud has a silver lining.


To conclude, in this topic “Hybrid apps. Short overview” you received some information about hybrid apps and their necessity and benefits. Hopefully, you’ve now got basic opinions and views. Hybrid apps have either advantages or disadvantages.

As you may see, there are varieties of frameworks. Hybrid apps usually contain many different features. That is why cross-platform frameworks and technologies are so important and helpful. They are capable to save both time and funds. Here is the list of the most famous frameworks:

  • Ionic
  • PhoneGap
  • Xamarin
  • Once UI 
  • Framework 7
  • React Native

You must keep in mind three major reasons why you need to use hybrid apps.

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