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What is Hybrid App Development and what are the job opportunities

by anshuman@thinkcerti.com
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The number of people getting online is ever increasing. As per GSMA, there are 5 billion unique mobile subscribers and more than 8 billion subscribers if we include IoT devices. This number has been increasing by 6% every year for the last 3 years.

And this figures, compel every Business on the planet to have their presence online. As a business owner, you do not want to miss out on reaching out to your customer. Isn’t it?

There are 4 major ways to create Business presence online.

  1. Website ( considering  responsive web app also)
  2. Android App
  3. iOS app
  4. Windows store app

These are called as Digital touch points.

Every digital touch point is powered by its own technology. For example,

  1. Website is primarily developed using HTML,CSS, Javascript and backend technology like PHP, Java, .net, Python etc
  2. Android apps are developed using Android or Kotlin or more recently using Go
  3. iOS apps are powered by Objective C and more recently Swift
  4. Windows store apps are powered by .net framework.

What is the need for Hybrid apps

So, for a business that wants to have presence on all the digital touch points, they have to maintain separate software stack for each digital touch point. The apps developed specifically for an app store using the specific technology are called as Native mobile apps.

Developing and maintaining native apps adds to the overall cost and complexity of having Digital presence.

This challenge was identified long back. And there have been efforts to develop a technology which can reduce the need of separate native apps development. This technology is knows as Hybrid App Development technology and the approach is called as Hybrid App Development.

How Hybrid apps are developed

The core concept in Hybrid app development is to use the common web development technologies like HTML, CSS, JavaScript to develop applications. The hybrid app development tool can then compile these applications into native mobile apps suitable for mobile app stores.

Hybrid App Development
How Hybrid apps are developed

The earliest Hybrid App Development tool was PhoneGap. It is also known as Apache Cordova.

Apache Cordova allows usage of HTML, CSS and JS(Javascript)  to develop iOS, Android apps.

Top Hybrid App Development tools/Framework

Some of the most widely used Hybrid App Development tools in the Market today are

  1. Ionic
  2. Xamarian
  3. React Native
  4. Flutter
  5. PhoneGap/Apache Cordova

3 reasons why should you become a Hybrid App Developer

  • Demand

By reading till now, you must have realized that there is an obvious cost benefit for Businesses if they use Hybrid Apps. And hence, Businesses are looking to go for Hybrid apps instead of native apps

  • Technology advancement 

Over the years, the hybrid app development tools and technologies have evolved such that the mobile apps generated by Hybrid development tools are as good as the native mobile apps.

  • More opportunities
  • For a Web Developer

If you are a web developer with expertise in web development technologies, by learning any of the Hybrid app development tools, you could unlock opportunities in the Hybrid app development world.

  • For a Mobile App Developer

If you are a mobile app developer with experience in Native mobile app development technologies, by learning a Hybrid app development tool, you become suitable for the Hybrid app development world.

Checkout the skills of a Hybrid app developer to get started with your learning plan for a rewarding career in Hybrid app development domain.

Happy learning!!!

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