The Flexibility of Hybrid App Development

2018-08-20 14:00:00

Learn why hybrid development is the way to go

If you are a business owner who is unfamiliar with the term “hybrid development”, you aren’t alone. Thankfully, you don’t have to be a computer whiz to understand its benefits and how it can assist in setting your business up for a bright future.

So, what is it? Essentially, it is a method of building mobile apps so they are accessible from multiple devices and operating systems. Another name it goes by is cross-platform development.

Why it is growing in popularity? Because it offers a range of advantages to businesses - from cost savings to efficiency and organization. A hybrid mobile app is the perfect fix for many operational challenges that companies face.

As of February 2017, 60 percent of businesses that have an app use hybrid technology, and since then that number has only increased. Microsoft and Google are big supporters of hybrid development, providing frameworks and tools that make it easy to do. We, in particular, use Ionic framework in our mobile apps.

With so many businesses already recognizing the benefits that come with this emerging technology, we thought we would break down the top reasons ARC Business Solutions specializes in this area.

HERE ARE THE 3 MOST COMPELLING REASONS TO INVEST IN HYBRID APP DEVELOPMENT:

  1. IT CREATES A SEAMLESS EXPERIENCE FOR YOUR USERS

Nothing is less productive for your business than having an application that only functions perfectly on one particular type of device. This is called native development, since the app is coded in an operating system’s specific language. Android apps, for example, are natively written in Java. So, if your app was specifically to run on Android devices it will do just that, but an iOS version will have to be separately built.

As a result, some users may not have access to your application until it’s built to function on their device’s operating system.

The alternative to native development is hybrid development. Hybrid applications are web-based as they are built using HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript. They are then wrapped in a native container to look like a mobile app.  This means they can run on all devices and operating systems.

Hybrid development is extremely beneficial, since it allows you to ensure your app looks, feels, and functions the same no matter how it is accessed - making the user experience effortless and simple to navigate.

  1. IT PROVIDES AN EASIER UPDATING PROCESS

When companies use native applications, they are forced to develop separate versions for each platform they plan on using.

This can become extremely inconvenient when rolling out updates, since you will be required to make changes to each version, depending on how many platforms your app is available on.

This quickly becomes time-consuming, since most companies want to roll out updates all at once. If you want to release all of your updates in one day, you’ll likely have to spend more time and resources in the development process to achieve your desired launch date.

Additionally, some app developers aren’t familiar with all platforms. So, you may have to hire more than one person to handle the development.

Hybrid development eliminates this problem. There is only one version of the application, but it supports all platforms, so any changes are made to one code base. This saves development time and ensures consistency amongst all platforms.

  1. IT DECREASES THE COST OF DEVELOPMENT

If you aren’t already convinced that a hybrid app is the right choice for you - this will likely be the point that seals the deal.

Not only is it a superior choice when it comes to user experience and accessibility, but it is also a more cost-effective option for business owners who don’t want to carve out a huge chunk of change to implement a mobile strategy that works.

Hybrid development actually costs less money up front, since the code only has to be written once, instead of having to spend on native development for each platform. You save on not having to pay for a separate iOS, Android, and Web developer.

For these reasons, ARC Business Solutions specializes in hybrid development and making this emerging technology available to our clients. We conduct internal R&D to stay on top of all the latest enhancements.

All of ARC Business Solutions’ apps are:

  • Cost-effective

  • Built using our library of intellectual property to speed up development and reduce costs

  • Highly flexible and functional on all devices (desktop, mobile, tablet) and major web browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Edge)

  • Built using a single code base with high-quality functionality and user experience in mind

  • Quick to deploy to all platforms


ARE YOU READY TO MEET YOUR BUSINESS GOALS USING A HYBRID MOBILE APP? CONTACT US TODAY.