Today’s Technical Term: Hybrid Application

A hybrid application is designed to work on different platforms and devices. A hybrid application combines the best characteristics of native apps and web apps into one seamless, cross-platform solution.

If you don’t already know, a native application is one that is created to work on a specific platform and is installed on that platform. On the other hand, a web application is created to work on multiple platforms. It is accessed on the internet, through the browser, and is not installed locally. 

Hybrid apps are built using a combination of web app technologies like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. Then, they run inside a native container that allows the app to access the device’s various sensors, components, and other capabilities that are only accessible to native apps. 

It is almost impossible for an average consumer to differentiate between a native app and a hybrid app. In fact, hybrid apps are designed to look and work exactly like the native apps. So, unless you are a well-versed developer, you will not be able to differentiate between native apps and hybrid apps. Almost all the apps that you use in your phone are hybrid, irrespective of your phone’s platform, be it Android, iOS, or Windows phones. Most of the popular apps, including Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, banking apps, shopping apps, and so on are hybrid apps.