Originally at https://searchenginewatch.com/2016/03/16/the-pros-cons-and-politics-of-hybrid-mobile-apps/

 A hybrid mobile app is an application that has been built with web technologies – HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript – and then “wrapped” with native code for closer integration with the device and/or to pass itself off as a download app.

The hybrid app sits in the middle of the political battle between aficionados of the web/browser-based app and the native app.

Depending on your viewpoint, the hybrid app is the best-of-both-worlds or a botch that fails to match up to the qualities of either parent. Whether your app turns out to be one or the other often depends on the execution of the project.

The best-of-both-worlds: hybrid apps have the cross-platform appeal of a browser-based app, but with added native coding to give the native functionality web apps traditionally couldn’t access.Plus, if web apps look and behave like a native, Apple will allow them into its App Store, normally reserved for apps written in proprietary code.
The botch: combining web and native can end up with an app that lacks the slim-line elegance of the web app or the feature-rich performance of the native app.To minimize the chance of a botch, companies will need the appropriate hybrid development skills, to choose the right framework and JavaScript library and avoid embarking on projects that are too ambitious for hybrid development.

Robert M. V. Gaines, a Kansas, US-based web and app developer:

“Hybrid apps are great for small scale projects that need to be developed rapidly on a budget, but they are not a good option for apps that are computationally intensive or require extensive access to low-level device functions.

Hybrid apps that fall into these later categories can be created through the use of custom plugins, but it is usually easier to create such apps with traditional [native] methods. Before choosing to create a hybrid app, it is important to understand the strengths and weaknesses of this technology.”

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