Hybrid application is a software application that integrates both native and web applications. Hybrid applications are actually web applications installed in the native application shell. Once downloaded to the app store and installed locally, the shell is able to connect to any of the capabilities the mobile platform offers with the browser installed in the app. The browser and its plug-ins are running in the background and are not visible to the end user.
Hybrid apps are popular because they allow developers to write mobile app code once and stay on multiple platforms. Because hybrid applications add an extra layer between source code and targeted platform, they can perform slower than traditional or web versions of the same application.
Hybrid applications features include:
Although the hybrid app will share the same roaming features as a Web application, whether the app can work offline depends on its performance. If the app does not require support from the database, then it can be enabled offline.
Pros of hybrid apps include:
It will work on different platforms.
Some cons, however, include:
Native applications are built specifically on the platform in which they are installed. They can take advantage of the hardware of the mobile device, including the accelerometer, GPS and camera. Indigenous applications are written in the same language as the platform application is written in. So, for example, the traditional iOS app should be written in Objective-C and Swift.
Hybrid applications include both native and Web applications, as it is installed and works in the same way as a traditional app, but has internal Web application functionality.