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4 Mistakes Every Hybrid App Developer Needs to Watch Out For

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Rakesh Patel
Marketing Manager at eTatvaSoft - a mobile app development company.
If you are a mobile app developer and especially develop hybrid mobile apps then these 4 mistakes you must avoid for hybrid app development to be the more genuine app developer.

Gone all the days when programmers used to develop an app with the help of a single platform. Today, most of the enterprises aim to roll out mobile apps for multiple platforms at the same time. Do you know why? 


  • There are around 6.8 billion people on the planet and 5.1 billion of them own a cell phone. It takes around 90 minutes for an average person to respond to an email while 90 seconds to respond to a text message.
  • Mobile browsing accounts for anything from 1/3 to ½ of all of web traffic worldwide and mobile users spend over 80% of this time on mobile apps. Be it for social networking, emailing, texting, and gaming or for making purchases, having a great mobile app has become a business imperative.


Being an aspiring developer, a winning app idea is something you must begin with. But an idea alone is nothing until and unless you do not justify its potential with development and ensure audience engagement and traction through adequate marketing measures on your part. Well, all thanks to hybrid app development as developers can now create web apps wrapped in a native container. This means enterprises can build an application that incorporates the best of both worlds. Now with millions of apps fighting each other for discoverability across various app marketplaces, perfection and proactiveness remain the key element to ensure success. Thus, it is always important to stay clear off certain unforgivable mistakes that undermine your effort as a hybrid app developer.


Mistake #1- Not planning for the native features

There are certain features that can be added by simply using the hybrid code while the remaining ones need the native code. With the help of hybrid technologies, one can code features that are taped onto a website. A classic example for this could be accessing the location, I am sure you must have seen the feature on the website a couple of times. Although, this isn’t a native feature. So when it comes to accessing the device photo or camera, you may need to code well in the native language. 


Planning for native features will not only help you to choose the right platform but even make you consider right tools, packages, and libraries. This will help you enrich app experience to a great extent. Moreover, planning ahead of time will help you code just native features but even assure quick launch of apps. 


Mistake #2- Not thinking through the future

In any app development procedure, hybrid or native, people make this mistake of not scaling their apps for the future at the development stage itself. In a normal scenario, nobody would even bother to check the version requirements for the first version of the mobile app, which is a good idea! As probably your first app version doesn’t need any native features to be coded into it but, your next version might call for these features.


Like I said before, without proper planning hybrid app might not be of any use and you might need to start developing a native app in its place. Evernote is a classic example of how hybrid app needs to be planned from futuristic purpose.


Mistake #3- Not having considered the app’s performance

Unlike native apps, Hybrid apps don’t support all performance requirements. Besides, the animation is not hybrid apps forte, so one should never consider the technology if developing an animation based mobile app. 


Not considering the transition time of moving from one page to another when designing hybrid apps could be considered as a huge mistake. In addition to this, hybrid apps tend to consume lots and lots of memory as they use the webview of the device. Such issues require being tackled before you release a hybrid mobile app.


Try hiring a prominent hybrid app development company that offers a solution that matches your needs. 


Mistake #4- Opting for the wrong hybrid framework

One of the biggest mistakes which need to be necessarily avoided by a hybrid app developer. With native apps, it is pretty much clear that Android apps would be written using Java while the iOS apps would be written using Objective-C or Swift.


Hybrid apps are developed using specific frameworks, of which PhoneGap and Xamarin are definitely popular frameworks. So, while you are developing a hybrid app, one needs to choose the right framework as the whole app and its working depends on the choice that has been made. For example, Facebook chose React Native as the framework to develop its hybrid app. 


Conclusion

User experience results in exclusive engagement and popularity. So, in case if you are developing a hybrid app then make sure you have planned the user experience accordingly. So that’s all for now, keep watching the space for more information and updates! 

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