Building Mobile Apps:  Hybrid or Cross Platform

If you want to create a mobile app targeting the two biggest platforms (iOS and Android), there are choices to make about which development technique to use.   There are three ways to do it; Create it in HTML5/Javascript, create it as a hybrid app, or create it as a native app.

Hybrid applications are, at core, websites packaged into a native wrapper. They look and feel like a native app, but ultimately outside of the basic frame of the application (typically restricted to the controls/navigational elements), they are fueled by a website. Generally, a hybrid app is a web app built using HTML5 and JavaScript, wrapped in a native container which loads most of the information on the page as the user navigates through the application (Native apps instead download most of the content when the user first installs the app).

 Native applications have the best performance, highest security, and best user experience.

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.