Hybrid development combines the best of both the native and HTML5 worlds. We define hybrid as a web app, primarily built using HTML5, JavaScript and Angular JS, that is then wrapped inside a thin native container that provides access to native platform features. Cordova is an example of the most popular container for creating hybrid mobile apps.

If the desired time to market is less than six months, then hybrid could be a better alternative because the app can be built in one source code, can be released across platforms, and development time and effort is considerably less as compared to that of native applications.

Why Hybrid apps ?

  • Single code base across multiple platforms.
  • Development time and effort is less.
  • Don’t have to update each app in the app store to wait for approvals.
  • You can use your existing web talent and don’t need to bring on additional resources.
  • Don’t need to do any API development since it’s all handled via the web.
  • Not required native development knowledge, web developers also can develop mobile apps

By Using Cordova and Ionic framework also we can develop cross platforms app, the process is

First, install Node.js. Then, install the latest Cordova and Ionic command-line tools in your terminal

npm install -g cordova ionic

Then we need to add platform like iOS or Android, just type the following commands on your terminal

 ionic platform add iOS or ionic platform add Android

If we want access native feature we need to install plugins provided by Cordova separately for both iOS and Android, just like following on your terminal

cordova plugging add "plugin name"

The basic knowledge of  HTML, Java Script, CSS and Angular JS is enough to develop hybrid apps.


Deploying hybrid apps into Device

For Android:

On your terminal type the following command

ionic run android --device

To run or build your app for production, run

ionic run android --prod --release #


ionic build android --prod --release


For iOS Devices

  • Xcode 7 or higher
  • A free Apple ID or paid Apple Developer account
  • iOS 8 or Higher

On your terminal type the following command

Run a production build of your app with

ionic build ios --prod ionic run ios --device

Author: venkat

Lead software engineer for mobile(iOS, Android) app development teams & web development teams