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20 Jul 2020

Make Your Web App Into A Native App Using Hybrid App Development

Let’s accept a blunt fact today; your business can only grow successful when it offers mobile access to consumers. 

A mobile app helps your business to elevate its brand value and reach out to the users in super rapid-fire speed. No doubt, web apps are significant for many businesses out there but bringing the business operations on app technology certainly opens ways for convenient service access.

When you decide to proceed ahead with the process of transforming the web app into a native app, then there are various doubts and queries that rise up. However, to help you get rid of the excessive burden, we have brought you this post today, so you can successfully deploy a native app for your business effortlessly.

A quick overview of Hybrid app development?

Well, not many of us are aware of what is hybrid app development. Hence, to help us understand, let’s get a quick look at What is Hybrid App Development? Actually, Hybrid apps are a medley of both native and web solutions. The core of these applications is written using web technologies (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript), which are then encapsulated within a native application. Although, there are few drawbacks with this option, wherein the UI library has to be recreated. And this is where, the solutions like Ionic, NativeScript, Xamarin, React Native, and others step in. With the help of these options, it becomes easier to provide robust UI components, that give a look and feel like a native app.

Benefits of converting web app into a native app

  • The website updates flow through to your apps automatically
  • No hassle involved in maintaining Android & iOS source code 
  • No cookie-cutter templates limiting the app functionality or flexibility
  • Developers get the option to build from scratch to get the most out of the existing web application
  • Integration of Native add-ons for push, deep links, and much more is possible
  • Meets the business requirements and helps in reaching a wider audience base

What you must consider making your web app into a mobile app?

A mobile app is not just about coding, but there are other factors as well, which play a significant role in the development journey. Here we have brought a quick glimpse of other essentials which must be considered while converting a web app into a mobile app.

1. Include a Native-Looking Header Bar

UI is an interesting and vast topic, letting users fall in love with your app. Therefore, you need to take a note of every single aspect that is included in this journey. In this run, you must pay attention to the header bar, which must have the engaging title and navigation elements.

2. Ensure images look CRISP!

A noteworthy image captures the attention of the users, henceforth it is much recommended for you to make your images look crystal clear. You must cross-check every image size on all different resolutions.

3. Iconography enhances the user-experience

Calling this very factor, a much significant aspect to win the hearts of the users, would not be wrong. You need to scale your icons higher on the resolution platform and ensure to implement them further via CSS’ @font-face rule. This not just creates seamless icons but also gives you an option to change the icon’s appearance using CSS. Also, to give a personalized and unique experience you must utilize system fonts.

4. App performance must be considered

A slow app is a disaster for your business, and if you want your consumers to stay loyal to your platform, only, then you need to provide instant feedback. This helps in offering a fluid and responsive experience. Remember one single mistake on the app performance parameter, will bring your users closer to your competitors only. If your app is dealing with heavy animation, images, or content then you must optimize its performance to offer a glitch-free user experience.

5. Active State

Think of a situation when as a user you tap on any actionable button, but not get intimated, if action is completed or not. What would be your first reaction?

You might think that there is an error in the network or app has some bug. Considering the same situation, you must allow your users to receive some kind of feedback that the app has detected their action. 

For the mobile app view, switch to: active or a JavaScript solution.

6. Keep a check on the Scrolling Right

Do you know what defines an incredible user-experience?

Yes, that is scrolling, however, you need to implement it smartly to optimize its mechanism. You must check how far it is supporting the app’s functionality and helping it to expand its usability to the users.

7. Include touch gestures

Utilize the maximum out of your device capabilities within the app platform, and make good use of the touch gestures, such as swipe, pinch, zoom, drag, and long-tap, and help your users to interact with the app in an engaging manner.

8. Native touch must be there

When you are turning your web app into a native app using Hybrid technology, you cannot give amiss to the native features. You can integrate the APIs along with the development tools to bridge the gap.

9. Development tools to create a native-like experience

  •  Phonegap And Apache Cordova
  •  Sencha Touch

10. Your users decide your app’s success

On hearing this, you might get confused, that how users play this role, but you need to understand that users DO NOT care about the underlying technology, endless efforts, or the brainstorming behind the app. They just want the app to behave as expected!

There are many options available for them in the market if they don’t feel satisfied with your app, then don’t waste any moment in moving to other app platforms. Hence, you need to TEST every inch of your app once it is ready to be deployed to avoid any possible glitch that can shoo away your users from your app forever.

Food for thought

The very mechanism of app development involves many factors and aspects, and there must be extra care given while selecting the technology stack.

However, you must reach out to our team of expert developers who can help you deploy a successful app solution fitting your business needs. Give us a call today to get an elegant app solution for your business needs.

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