Cross-Platform Hybrid Mobile App Development

Cross-Platform Hybrid Mobile App Development

Cross-Platform Hybrid mobile apps are developed for multiple mobile platforms and behave similar to native apps. There are different ways to create cross-platform hybrid mobile apps. Two most popular and commonly used approaches are

  • Web-kit based (HTML5,  CSS and Javascript), also calledd Wrapper apps.
    • Web-kit is supported by both Apple and Android platforms. Webkit is a web browser engine on a phone without toolbar and status bars. Applications can embed a web-kit browser inside the apps to load web pages from the web, or from the local phone storage. Mobile platforms such as Apple and Android provides an ability to bridge communication between Javascript and Native platform language. Apache Cordova (formally known as PhoneGap) is one of the famous platforms that is built on the web-kit. Apache Cordova provides many out of the box components, that leverage the bridge functionality, and allow developers to build wrapper apps using Javascript and HTML.
  • Hybrid Native apps using hybrid tools (Xamrin, Appcelerator, React Native, Google Flutter)
    • Hybrid platform allows developers to create mobile apps for multiple devices by writing a code in one programming language. These platforms converts the common code into a platform specific components, and provide the native experience at runtime.

Hybrid mobile apps provides many benefits over native, including

  • Common Code base – easier to maintain in the long run
  • Shortest development time – multiple apps created in the same timeframe
  • Consistent UI across both platforms
  • Low cost – less development time,  and lower maintenance (single platform dev needed compare to multiple)

Technology Rivers have strong expertise in developing a cross-platform hybrid mobile apps. We ensure a strong architectural foundation and follow guidelines and standards from the device manufacturers, to ensure apps are approved without any problem. We work with our customers to guide them on the app strategies and submission process, and handle all the submission on Apple Appstore and Google Playstore.

We design and develop cross-platform hybrid mobile application using

  • React Native
  • Google Flutter
  • Apache Cordova
  • Ionic framework

All the cross-platform hybrid platforms provide out of the box functionality to cover most of the device features. However, there are times when hybrid controls may not be available for certain needs, or may not perform well. In those cases, custom plugins for each platform is required. Technology Rivers team have capabilities to create custom plugins for all the platforms.

React Native is a hybrid app development platform by Facebook, that allows developers to create native mobile applications using React platform. React Native platform is our preferred platform, as it is a good choice for most of the business applications.

Some of our Cross-Platform Hybrid mobile  (Smart Phones and Tablet) apps includes

  • Fleet Management and Scheduling app (Apache Corodova and Ionic framework)
  • Fuel Delivery mobile app (React Native)
  • Bilingual book search application (React Native)
  • Ride Sharing app for voting
  • Multiple Healthcare / HIPAA mobile apps (React Native)
  • Social Networking apps (React Native)

Some of the hybrid apps features includes

  • Push Notifications
  • Local Caching and Storages
  • Touch ID and Face ID
  • Cloud connectivity
  • Payment Processing
  • Data Encryption
  • Location apps

Our Cross-Platform Hybrid mobile app development process includes:

  • Mockups / Sketches
  • Visual Design
  • Development of application
  • Testing on Simulators (both Android and iPhone)
  • Testing on real devices
  • Launch on Apple iTunes Appstore and Google Playstore

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