Hybrid V/s Native Mobile Applications… The Dummies Guide

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The first question to ask is, what are hybrid apps and native apps? Hybrid mobile apps are like any other apps you’ll find on your phone. They install on your device. You can find them in app stores. Like websites on the internet, hybrid apps are also built with a combination of web technologies like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript,  wrapped in a native container which supply most of the information on the page as the user navigates through the application.

Now what is a native app?

Hybrid V/s Native

Hybrid V/s Native

A native app is an application program that has been developed for use on a particular platform or device eg: Android or iOS or windows for that matter. Because a native app is written for a specific platform, they can interact well with and take advantage of operating system’s features. Because a native app is built for a particular device and its operating system, it is well optimised and has the ability to use device-specific hardware and software capabilities, meaning that native apps can take advantage of the latest technology available for that mobile platform, availability of new features and updates and transition onto it is very fast such as a global positioning system (GPS) and camera, fingerprint and iris scanning support. This can be considered an advantage for native apps over Web apps or mobile cloud apps.

So now that we have answered the first and foremost question of what are the two variants of apps now I think it is time for us consider when each of these technologies can be used. There are merits and demerits in a way if you look into both the technologies, as user experience is the key to the success of all the mobile applications be it an iOs app or an android app. 

What are the motivations to go hybrid?

Hybrid mobile applications provide a way for developers to reuse their existing skills in web development. Developers don’t like the prospect of getting locked into proprietary platforms. This includes the programming languages and SDKs provided by platform vendors. Hybrid mobile application development looks appealing to an organisation’s bottom line. Why hire a developer for each platform when you can hire one developer and target all of them through HTML, CSS, and JavaScript? Well, the reality is a bit more complicated. it’s true that hybrid mobile application development enables developers to target more than one platform. However, each platform comes with a set of shortcomings when it comes to its web runtime or WebView. This is especially true with Android, which is inconsistent between OS versions. Hybrid apps are developed using HTML, CSS and Javascript, and then wrapped in a native application using platforms like Cordova. This allows you to use any web-native framework you want, and there are plenty of these.

What are the  different frameworks for Hybrid App Development?

There are a lots of different platforms on which we can develop a Hybrid app. The most used among these platforms are.


One of the most popular in the minds of new Developers coming into hybrid app development. Though there are more optimised frameworks for hybrid development. PhoneGap is the odd one out in this list as it’s not a framework for creating an app, but for packaging and releasing an app. PhoneGap is based on the open source Cordova and is the commercial version owned by Adobe. With a dedicated support team, PhoneGap is popular amongst many mobile developers. You can use any choice of JavaScript or UI frameworks to get started with PhoneGap. jQuery Mobile alongside KnockOut.js or AngularJS is a nice combination.


It is one of the most promising HTML5 mobile application frameworks. Built using SASS, it provides many UI components to help develop rich and interactive apps. It uses the JavaScript MVVM framework, AngularJS to power apps. Two-way data binding, interaction with backend services and APIs makes AngularJS a mobile developer’s common choice.


Mobile Angular UI is an HTML5 framework which uses bootstrap 3 and AngularJS to create interactive mobile apps.

The main features of Mobile Angular UI include:

  • Bootstrap 3
  • AngularJS
  • Bootstrap 3 mobile components such as switches, overlays and sidebars which are missing in normal bootstrap.
  • AngularJS modules such as angular-route, angular-touch and angular-animate.

Responsive media queries are stripped out of bootstrap as separate files, you only need to include what you need. Mobile Angular UI doesn’t have any jQuery dependencies, all you need are some AngularJS directives to create awesome mobile user experiences.


An open source mobile application framework that provides an environment to create native apps for several mobile platforms.It is a complete solution for creating hybrid mobile apps with all the things you might need under one roof. The Titanium SDK is equipped with a number of mobile platform APIs and Cloud service to use as an app backend. It comes with platform independent APIs which makes it easier to access phone hardware. Titanium uses Alloy, an MVC framework to enables rapid development of mobile application. Modules created using Alloy are easy to reuse across different apps, hence it significantly reduces the development time and the lines of code. To get started with Titanium download Titanium studio.


Meteor is a platform that allows developers to use the same Javascript code base to build apps for iOS, Android and the web. Once you learn to develop with Meteor, you can quickly translate your JavaScript web apps into native mobile apps, without needing to learn new programming languages. Meteor relies on a technology known as Cordova. This clever technology allows HTML and JavaScript to run on a mobile phone without using a browser. It also allows developers to write JavaScript code that controls the basic functions of mobile devices. For example, a developer who uses Cordova can write JavaScript code that can access the camera function of an iOS or Android mobile device, just as it would access the webcam on a laptop or desktop computer.

Why Use Meteor?

Meteor takes the powerful functionality of Cordova and simplifies it. The Meteor interface is easy to use and allows you to quickly compile, test and deploy apps, cutting down the time spent trying to figure out how to get apps working on different iOS and Android devices.


Native V/s Hybrid Mobile AppsGone are the WebView components of other hybrid mobile apps. This is possible because React Native’s building blocks are reusable “native components” that compile directly to native. Components you’d use in iOS or Android have counterparts right in React, so you’ll get a consistent look and feel.This component-based structure also allows you to build apps with a more agile, web-style approach to development than typical hybrid frameworks, but without any web at all. The app will have the speed, look, and functionality of a native mobile application. Facebook also made React Native open-source, with the idea that compatibility with other platforms like Windows or tvOS could be worked on by the development community. Some well known apps that use Facebook’s React Native are Facebook app, Instagram, Walmart, Tesla.  

Now that you have a clear idea about what a native app  and a Hybrid app is? How both try to solve the same problem in different ways. Though hybrid apps are faster and easier to develop because it does not require two different set of developers and also a web developer is not required to learn a new language or platform specific features, the hybrid app still has some shortcomings  over native apps which is going to stay.

For example Native apps provide the best usability, the best features, and the best overall mobile experience. There are some things you only get with native apps:

  • Multi touch – double taps, pinch-spread, and other compound UI gestures
  • Fast graphics API – the native platform gives you the fastest graphics, which may not be a big deal if you’re showing a static screen with only a few elements, or a very big deal if you’re using a lot of data and require a fast refresh.
  • Fluid animation – related to the fast graphics API is the ability to have fluid animation. This is especially important in gaming, highly interactive reporting, or intensely computational algorithms for transforming photos and sounds.
  • Built-in components – The camera, address book, geolocation, and other features native to the device can be seamlessly integrated into mobile apps. Another important built-in components is encrypted storage, but more about that later.
  • Ease of use – The native platform is what people are accustomed to, and so when you add that familiarity with all of the native features they expect, you have an app that’s just plain easier to use.
  • Documentation – There are over 2500 books alone for iOS and Android development, with many more articles, blog posts, and detailed technical threads on sites like StackOverflow.

Native apps are usually developed using an integrated development environment (IDE). IDEs provide tools for building debugging, project management, version control, and other tools professional developers need. While we’ve touched on native apps from a development perspective, there’s also the more important perspective: the end user. When you’re looking for an app, you’ll find it in the store. When you start the app, it fires up immediately. When you use the app, you get fast performance, consistent platform look and feel. When your app needs an update, it tells you so. Native apps give you everything you’d expect from the company that built your device, as if it were simply meant to be.

Difference between the two platforms.

The key difference between native and hybrid apps is that hybrid apps are hosted inside a native application that utilizes a mobile platform’s WebView.

Time to choose.

One of the most difficult business decisions a company management has to take is to choose one over the other. Simply put if you are thinking of building an app that has to handle a lot of data from location and other sensors or a high volume of data in the form of high graphics the native app is the no brainer option. For any other less intensive task which only user a client server architecture and only needs internet permission then hybrid app is the way to go

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Wireframe your “IDEA”


Mockup using Balsamiq

It all begins with an idea in mind, often asked question how do we write specifications or wireframes and why do we need to write one? All one has to do is to share the idea with a custom software development company and the rest will be taken care of, there are plenty of software development companies that will help you to develop your idea. From the ideation stage the software companies will provide development services and handhold you to the completion stage using different development methodologies.

Deciding to develop a web/mobile application the ideation stage is just the beginning. From then it’s a long way to go, to create something that you have in mind to bring your idea to reality needs precise project planning and it all begins with jotting down your idea in black and white. Wireframe helps you to know how the user will interact with the product interface and it also helps you to plan layout of the product interface.


a. Describe the idea – Vision and what pain point does it solve. Provide brief but accurate explanation of what you would like to achieve.

  1. What product is it?
  2. What problem does the product solve?
  3. What makes it desirable and special?
  4. Is it feasible to develop the product?

For eg: I would like to build an app for photo sharing and selling. Users can upload photos, share, sell and buy. Also let me share some wireframes that we created here in Xminds for a blood donation mobile app. Wireframes, mockups or hand drawn sketches are the building blocks of any product. These mocks were created using a tool called Balsamiq.


b. Who are your target customers / users.

c. Platforms and Version – Identify the platforms and versions in which the application should be compatible with.

d. Technologies that should be used to build the application. If its a mobile application then one could use (there could be other ways too)               

  1. Native iOS
  2. Native Android
  3. PhoneGap
  4. Appcelerator Titanium.

e. List out the major milestones

  1. Ideation
  2. Prototype
  3. Development
  4. Testing
  5. Launch

f. Allocate the Budget to build the web/mobile application.

Functional Requirement

  1. User Interface – UI focuses on what users might need to do and making sure that the interface has features that are easy to understand and use.
  2. Finalise on the number of screens you want to have in your application.
  3. Does your app need to be integrated to Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin etc….
  4. Should you app work offline, even if its not connected to the web.
  5. Provide In App purchase option if needed.
  6. Does the app need push Notifications
  7. Are location services needed for the application.

Market Information

  1. Target Group – Need to identify the target market for your app.
  1. Age
  2. Location
  3. Gender
  4. Income level
  5. Education level
  6. Marital/ Family Status
  7. Occupation
  8. Ethnic Background

Once you’ve decided on a target market, be sure to consider these questions:

  • Are there enough people that fit my criteria?
  • Will my target really benefit from my product/service? Will they see a need for it?
  • Do I understand what drives my target to make decisions?
  • Can they afford my product/service?
  • Can I reach them with my message? Are they easily accessible?
  1. Competition – Collect information about competitive or similar products at it would give an hindsight on how the market is and will also help to position the product.
  1. Who are the main competitors?
  2. What are their strengths and weakness?


  • Identify the team who will be in charge of the whole software development of the particular application.
  • Will the product be developed in house?
  • Who will take care of the product management
  • The Design team
  • The Software Development team
  • QA team
  • Would you rather outsource software development to another team?
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How much does it cost to develop a Mobile App ?

Today almost everyone owns a smartphone and I can bet most you reading this would have played Angry birds, Temple run and other most popular games. Not alone games but also apps like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Whats app and so on.

Mobile apps are categorized into

  • Games
  • Utility apps
  • Fun apps
  • Social media apps etc

Now to the main question, how much does it cost to develop a Mobile Application? To be honest the answer would be “it depends”. The cost would entirely depend on the type of mobile application one want to develop.

Recently happened to read an article on OS X Daily about iPhone Development Costs which suggests that the development cost for small apps (apps with basic functionality) would be around $ 3000 to $8000 and more complex apps (which might have to deal with database management system) and game apps the development cost would vary from $50000 to $150000 or more.

As said earlier it all depends.

Also there are plenty of do it yourself tools available online but one would need to have the enough knowledge of mobile application development to get it out there in the app world. One can develop the mobile app with DIY methods or hire someone or outsource the development to an experienced app development house.

Also it would be a mistake if one thought the design and development of the mobile app is a one-time affair.  A mobile app developed today needs to be updated according to the future change in the requirement and also the operating system updates.  If the strategy is to develop a cross platform mobile app then it is very important to identify the right frameworks for the same.

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How to make an addictive mobile application

If there were a secret recipe to make an addictive and revenue generating mobile application, would you use it, the answer would be a resounding “YES” …….

Unfortunately there is no secret recipe to develop an addictive mobile application. But if you look closely at all those mobile applications that have been hugely successful, they would have some common traits which can be analysed, and then put them to good effect while developing a smartphone / mobile application.

There are millions of mobile applications out there in the market so how does your mobile application standout amongst the others. Did you know that many apps there are downloaded are tried once and then discarded. A report says “With 60,000 apps added to the App Store every month, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult for apps to stand out.”

It is absolutely necessary to develop an amazing and addictive mobile application. When you look around you see people are using their mobile phone at the grocery store, at the theatres, at the airport and even while walking down the street. So it is evident that people will use a mobile app that helps them stream line and improve their day-to-day interactions and decisions. Few points to ponder,

  • Visual Appeal
  • Notification
  • Gamification
  • Sharable

The important factor to keep in mind is to keep the mobile application simple. If you flood the app with tons of features and if it is hard work for the user to go through all those features,  the chances of the user returning to the app is slim.

Keep it simple :-)

I am sure that you would know that gaming apps are the ones that are hugely popular amongst all type of users. Incorporating gamification features to your app could give the thrust that it needs. This will help to keep the user engaged and would definitely encourage them to promote your app. As far as instructions are concerned I sincerely doubt whether a user goes through the instructions, its important to make the app intuitive as possible. This is to handhold the user in an engaging way.

Apps are downloaded on a daily basis and to stay in touch with the user it is very very important to notify your user on a regular basis. Provide an easy option to share the mobile application. All said there are plenty of apps out there, some of them being fun, entertainment and gaming apps. How do you standout from the rest will decide the fate of the app.

To conclude create an app that solves a common & daily problem.

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“It’s not the idea that is unique but the way you implement it”

In many ways the dream of every wannabe entrepreneur is the same. They all think that their idea is a million dollar one and will top the list of NASDAQ in a short span of time. But the question is how many really survive in this battle?

Let’s take Orkut for instance. Orkut started a few months before Facebook. Even though Google and Mark Zuckerberg had the same idea, how did Facebook excel in the game? Is it really the survival of the fittest theory or was it Mark’s strategy which made him a millionaire? The answer is, Facebook launched with very basic/core features and was able to promote better user adoption.

I recall the words of my mentor “It’s not the idea that is unique but the way you implement it”.For e.g. you’ve been working out at the gym for quite some time but haven’t been able to get the expected physique. Hmm!!! Now that’s a pain, isn’t it?…maybe you didn’t follow a proper diet plan or might have been cheating on your workouts. Anyways the end result is that you wasted your time, energy and money hoping for something which went wrong.

The fact is, people spend way lot of time and money on their product and the launch without getting proper guidance from experts. I mean, what’s the use of having a Ferrari, if you don’t know how to drive or create an impression? In my opinion following are the points which every startup should keep in mind:

1. Market Research

2. Identify your competitors

3. Who will be the end user?

4. Launch timings

5. What makes you different from your competitors?

6. Proper marketing

Eventually, everyone wants to be inspired by the success stories of entrepreneurs who have overcome the obstacles and built a successful business. Recently, I came across an article by Ben Fox Rubin on the Wall Street journal. He mentions the story of Dan Cheung, founder of Spork, who couldn’t match up with its rival app Foodspotting (acquired by Open Table Inc for $10 million). Now here’s an interesting aftermath by Ben Yoskovitz on his company Standout Jobs. He emphasizes on the value of Minimum Viable Product (MVP). Having a feature rich product takes much more time and money to build. However, MVP allows the idea to get into the market as rapidly as possible and maximize the value of finances.

After all every fortune 500 company was once a startup 😉

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Do you need a mobile application for your business to stay competitive?

Number of mobile applications in each stores Google Play, App store, Windows and Blackberry continues to rise with the front-runners being Google Play and App Store. Having a share in the market place, Blackberry and Windows have a lot of catching up to do and that is going to be very interesting the coming years.

Looking at the statistics Google Play Store has around 13,50,000 apps and Apples App Store has around 13,00,000 apps. As a business owner when you glance through the above statistics it can seem that each and everyone (even your competitors) has a mobile application except you.

That’s when you feel that you are left behind while your competitors are eating up major junk of the market share. As a business owner your main concerns would be

  1. Do I need a mobile application for my business?
  2. Building a mobile application is expensive.
  3. Building a mobile application is time consuming.

Users are now moving away from laptops and desktops and are relying more on their smart phone or tablets. From ticket booking, paying bills and buying grocery is just a click away, it is fast and very convenient. As more and more apps are downloaded from the stores, business enterprises are moving towards having their own mobile applications.

Ok! Now you are ready to join the apps bandwagon but then being an entrepreneur you would look into all possibilities and think…

“Cant users access the current website through their smartphone?”

A tricky question and it is important to know if the website is mobile friendly and has been built keeping in mind the compatibility factor with smartphones. If not be ready to face some challenges when the website is displayed in the smart phone.

Keeping these in mind you can build

  1. Mobile Optimized Website
  2. Stand alone App
  1. Mobile Optimized Website

This can be done with minimum fuzz if the current site has been developed using the mobile responsive design. One of the main advantages of mobile optimized website, it will work universally in all mobiles as the Internet browser opens a web page reliably in all the smartphones.

  1. Stand alone app

From a business perspective the stand alone app is much better than a mobile optimized website. The app is always there in the users smart phone and just a click away, no need to launch the web url in the browser which can be felt time consuming now a days. A study suggests that 82 percent of time spent with Mobile media happens with apps. If you are looking to engage customers with your product or service it is better to build a mobile app. You can be constant touch with them through notifications, be it a new product launch or a new service that you offer.

Choice is yours to decide :-)

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Why We Love Software Outsourcing…. And You Should, Too!

What is Outsourcing? – Well it is a practice in which a certain company provides portions of its work or assignment to another company to reduce cost. Technology has been revolutionising the way companies work. Whether it is testing, application development, mobile development etc – outsourcing has been useful in solving business problems.

So, why do we love to outsource software development? Is it just to reduce cost? Here are some of the reasons on why to opt for software outsourcing. Let’s have a look.

1. Each company is specialised in its own vertical. Outsourcing allows the benefits of supplementing IT development with skilled developers in an effective way.

2. Lack of manpower or resources can be overcome by a remote IT team offshore. Companies get the option to choose from various vendors based on the reviews.

3. Outsourcing saves the training cost and time provided to new employees.

4. It saves cost as the companies only pay for the service utilised. In fact they can save 40% – 60% of the total expense required to complete the project.

5. Vendors tendency to update their knowledge according to the requirements makes outsourcing another great option to try.

6. Due to the time difference across various geographies the IT vendors have well equipped staff who work round the clock on various assignments, thus delivering the projects on time and maximising efficiency.

7. Traditional outsourcing of software development combined with consulting provides high level of collaboration by filling the minuscule gap in the companies.

The Indian software development industry has been maturing over the years and has evidenced in the rise of high level capabilities across broad range of talents. Every organisation has issues in keeping up to the current market trends, increase productivity, keeping up with their competitors etc. All these issues can be handled by seeking advice from experts who specialise in these areas. Keeping the above points in mind, we at Xminds thrive to help our customers by providing them with full transparency and control over the project development process. We ensure the development and on time delivery of the assignments while our customers focus on their core business activities. We provide them with a broad range of specialised resources and technical skills.

The extent of software outsourcing has been significant and the trend seems likely to continue in the future. We all know that the urge to create is equally strong in all organisations. However, lets not forget that it’s the quality that counts.

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Restaurant App from Next Big Idea…

ThinkclrRunning a restaurant business could be complicated. A passionate Restaurant owner would cherish the day-to-day challenges and keep improving on how a better service can be delivered to the customers.

The rush time of the restaurant is one that any owner would love and this “time” is the backbone for any restaurant. To deliver high quality service and food on a consistent basis will determine the success of the food outlet. Great food, great service and an exciting atmosphere helps to create buzz around the restaurant, which the customers love. Team at Next Big Idea and Xminds has developed a product that will help restaurants take their business to the next level.

Introducing THINKCLR for restaurants providing a whole suit of “easy to use applications”

  1. Menu App
  2. Kitchen App
  3. POS
  4. Steward
  5. Mobile App
  6. Web App

Thinkclr helps to save time and money for restaurants. With Thinkclr you can

  1. Increase Revenue
  2. Understand your Customer and Grow sales
  3. Update Menu prices instantly
  4. Simply Operations
  5. Increase Customer Loyalty

For more info please visit www.thinkclr.com

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With love – The Mango Revolution


A smartphone is the digital gateway to the outer world of technology.

In today’s world we have multiple choice of gateways to choose from. Some with a high wall of security, such as Blackberry whereas some with an extra kick such as iPhone. We all know what led to Sir Issac Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation – an apple. In this 21st century another fruit has opened the path to a new realm of user experience – Mango. Now the natives of God’s own country are offering another gateway which provides a rather additional kick – 3D.

Mphone originated and developed by a group of Keralites with a whooping investment of Rs. 3500 crore has launched in the Indian market with a promise of Korean technology assistance. While the usual suspects thrive to compete with ‘ What Next? ‘ question in the market, the Augustine’s from Wayanad district, Kerala have indeed planned to give their users a rather different level of smartphone experience – The 4G with 3D effect.

With their R&D division in Korea, Mphone stands as the first company to launch 3D smartphones globally. The 3D features do not require special glasses to create the effect.

With price ranging from Rs. 12k to Rs. 40k, the handset comes with a metal case and is equipped with gravity sensor and proximity sensor. Below are some of its features:

Battery: Up to 4000 mAh
Camera: Up to 21 Mega Pixel
Front Camera: Up to 8 Mega Pixel
RAM: Up to 4GB
Internal Memory: Up to 64 GB
Expandable Memory: Up to 128 GB
Operating System:  Android 5.1 or Android 6.0

The smartphone is said to be good for up to 330 hrs of battery life on stand-by and 14 hours of talk time (on selective models). It has been reported that the company has signed the two legends – Sachin Tendulkar and Amitabh Bachchan as their brand ambassadors.

The purchase can be made directly from the website. Apart from this the company has appointed around 150 dealers and service centres in India.

This again proves the fact that the graph of the Indian start-up industry is eying a phenomenal growth. Presently it is hard to say that Mphone would be a tough competition for iPhone or for other smartphone players in the market, however with India now climbing the ladder to become the largest smartphone market globally, it surely will attract the most attention.

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