Mobile has swiftly risen to become the leading digital platform, with total activity on smartphones and tablets accounting for an astounding 60 percent of digital media time spent in the U.S. Did you know that by 2016 more than half the mobile apps deployed will be hybrid? This blog post is the first of two-part series on developing hybrid mobile applications. In the first part, we will look at what is a hybrid mobile app and why hybrid mobile applications are very popular within enterprises. In the next part, we will see how WaveMaker can simplify hybrid mobile app development using visual RAD methodology.
Enterprises want applications that can run on desktops as well as mobile devices. To create mobile applications, there are two options:
Refer to this article, For a detailed comparison of native and hybrid apps.
While a native app provides the best user experience, developing native apps is a costly affair. It requires developing the application on each device separately and requires highly skilled developers who can code in Objective-C/Swift for iOS, and/or Java for Android devices. Many enterprises want to balance the need for great user experience with simplicity and speed of developing the application. This is where hybrid mobile apps come in.
Gartner says by 2016, more than 50 percent of mobile apps deployed will be hybrid.
Why is this so? Why are enterprises moving towards hybrid mobile applications? To understand this let’s talk about how hybrid mobile apps are built and the advantages they provide.
Hybrid mobile apps are popular with mobile app developers because:
Given these advantages, hybrid mobile apps are well suited for most B2B and enterprise applications.
However, with WaveMaker 8, developers can now can use the visual Rapid Application Development paradigm to develop beautiful hybrid mobile apps. Note: Hybrid mobile app development features on WaveMaker 8 are currently in alpha stage.
Here are some of the hybrid mobile apps built using the WaveMaker 8 platform:
Also, look out for the next part of this blog which talks about how WaveMaker 8 greatly simplifies hybrid mobile app development.