Hybrid apps unite the advantages of native and web apps
Apps are now widely used, since they are always available on every possible type of device everywhere. But not all apps run on all platforms: it is then up to hybrid apps, which are a combination of native apps and web apps, and can serve systems like Android, BlackBerry, iOS and Windows Phone alike. A plus point of hybrid apps: all mobile platforms can be reached with one development, there does not need to be parallel software development for the various systems. This decreases the development effort of the app maker – and therefore also the price for the app. In addition, hybrid apps access the hardware of the smartphone or tablet, and camera features or the calendar can be integrated into the hybrid app.
Numerous ways to use hybrid apps
Hybrid apps combine the advantages of native apps and web apps: while native apps are bound to their respective platform, but can use all their possibilities and even work offline, web apps are not bound to a platform but cannot use all hardware functions and require an internet connection. The successful combination of both forms create hybrid apps: they consist of a small native framework and a locally stored web app. Hybrid apps reach many users, take advantage of the benefits of the mobile platform and the device hardware to make data available offline as well. They are also easy to use and able to be updated. Updates take place in real time.
You can find more information on hybrid apps on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_application#Definition_and_similar_terms