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Author: Mark Birkett

As we have seen in the basic description of types of various applications a ‘hybrid’ application is where the main interface, and much of the functionality, is downloaded into the device’s memory but where certain functions still allow for ‘live’ data to appear on request. Again, it's also where we incorporate touchscreen and some GPS (i.e. location-based) functionality.

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Web-Based Applications - What is a 'Hybrid' app?

A good example is the Facebook Web-based App. You can use it to view your Facebook pages (during a mobile web-browsing session) using www.m.facebook.com. The 'm' means that the Facebook server recognises the user's device as a mobile and delivers data in a different way to that sent to a standard PC / desktop browser. However, you'd still need to login each time you used it, much as you do when using Facebook on a PC.

So, to avoid the need for logging in, you could download the hybrid' ‘Facebook App’.The interface on this is slightly different and somewhat easier to use however some internal functions are loaded directly into the device and are therefore always accessible on the device. Hence the tag 'hybrid'. (However, certain other functions are still only available whilst there is an Internet connection).

Web-Based Applications - What are the advantages of a 'Hybrid' App?

There are two main advantages to a 'hybrid' approach to the mobile website user, namely;

Web-Based Applications - What are the disadvantages of a 'Hybrid' App?

Good question. Unless we made provisions to get around them, it would be fair to say that there are two notable disadvantages too, namely:

To get around the first disadvantage, we'd build what's known as a ‘wrapper’ around the app such that it can still be 'published' and made available for download via your website. Whilst the functionality of the app will not change, the downloadable version will ensure that the end user only ever has to sign in once. Then, once the ‘app’ is downloaded, their login details are stored on their device and further ‘logins’ are not required.

The second disadvantage is probably unavoidable. Given that most of any proposed App’s features would require the availability of, for instance, Google’s live maps, an Internet connection is pretty much a pre-requisite of the whole end-user experience. However, with the increasing speed and availability of mobile networks, this will probably not even be a consideration for too much longer. Your customers' mobile phones will all be permanently connected to the Internet and at high speed very soon.

Web-Based Applications - General Assumptions:

So, our client proposals usually assume that the completed app would need to:

I think I understand all this. Are there any abbreviations I need to learn!?

Yes, but just a few:

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