Hybrid apps are often looked on as a cross platform app development solution. They are essentially small websites that runs under a native wrapper. And therefore, instead of serving as a web page, hybrid apps work as a standalone application.
Ionic is HTML5 framework, meant for hybrid mobile app development. Hybrid apps get the better of native apps, in terms of support to multiple platforms, access to third party code, and less time-to-market.
Recently observed trends give us some hints that the leading names in the world of web as well as mobile technologies have started to push web a step up as they have unlocked it’s true potential. Perhaps, the mighty titans like Google, Apple and Microsoft have realized the amount of hitches the app developers suffer from and hits the business takes to keep up with mobile apps, has reached an alarming figure. So they are on to developing solutions for the future, and once again they are riding on web.
Did your ever so curious mind ever came across the question “why build mobile apps when mobiles have a web browser”. What exactly a mobile app can do that a mobile friendly, that is, responsive website or web app cannot? Let’s look at the apps you have installed on your smartphone. Sure, there must be WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, may be Instagram and Snapchat too. Don’t you shop online?
Mobile app development market was already quite warm with intense rivalry between platform specific pure native apps and cross-platform HTML5 web apps or better known as hybrid apps, that is, native Android and iOS apps going against Phonegap and Ionic web apps. A newer and very noticeable player entered the tournament, not so recently though, with full strength and heavy artillery - React Native by Facebook. The battlefield is further heated up with Telerik bringing Angular 2 NativeScript.
iOS and Android are the world’s most popular mobile platforms. Relatively fewer numbers of users are using Blackberry and Windows powered devices. Your mobile app must be adaptable on all the major platforms to ensure that it can reach out to all categories of potential customers. After all, the best interests of your business can only be served when you can reach out to maximum number of users through your app.
Here is a list of the benefits that you can have by opting for cross platform applications AKA Hybrid apps.