What is a Hybrid Application?

by Ankit Kharola Digital Marketing Manager

Are you wondering what is a hybrid application, what we use it for, how to create it, and how to use it? In this article, I will try to introduce you to this topic.

Let's start at the very beginning. It divides mobile applications into three types:

  • Native Applications
  • Web Application
  • Hybrid Application

Mobile hybrid applications are a combination of native and web application solutions. They are built similarly to websites using HTML5, CSS and JavaScript technologies. However, compared to them, we do not use the browser to use them, but we download them similarly to native applications from the application store.

The most popular tools

The most popular tools for building hybrid applications are:

  • Mobile Angular UI
  • Intel XDK
  • Titanium Appcelerator
  • Sencha Touch
  • Kendo UI
  • PhoneGap
  • Flutter

Hybrid application

Using this solution gives us the opportunity to make greater use of the potential of our smartphones in the web application, using libraries, enabling access to some native functions of our phone, such as the camera, GPS, calendar or many others, to which the access to the web application was limited or impossible.

Differences between hybrid and native 


A well-written and optimised hybrid should not differ from the native application, also in appearance. As a result, the user may not notice that he is using a hybrid. In addition, its creation time is much shorter than with a native application because we write the application once, and it is available on three operating systems. For native applications, we need three different applications written in subjective-C (iOS), Java (Android) and C # (Windows Phone). Hence, the costs of writing a hybrid are incomparably lower, which is often important when choosing the application to be written.

Disadvantages of Hybrids

Unfortunately, no solution is ever perfect. For large, complex applications and games where speed is important and the application is not cut, the hybrid gives way to a native colleague. However, this changes over time and the speed of such an application continues to increase with the development of technology and faster mobile devices.

The most popular hybrid applications

Here is a list of some of the most popular hybrid applications that many people would never suspect that this technology was used to create:

  • Amazon App Store
  • Evernote
  • Twitter
  • Apple App Store
  • Gmail
  • Uber
  • Instagram


By writing a hybrid application, we can adapt it to various types of devices, such as phones or tablets, so that its appearance changes depending on resolving the device, so that the application always looks nice and provides a friendly and comfortable environment for the user.



  • We have a limited budget.
  • we want to create an application quickly,
  • the application is not too complicated, extensive, and demanding

... we can safely start writing a hybrid application. Otherwise, it may be better to write a native application.

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About Ankit Kharola Innovator   Digital Marketing Manager

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Joined APSense since, September 24th, 2019, From Delhi, India.

Created on Jan 20th 2020 07:17. Viewed 652 times.


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