weLaika has put to use both Ionic and React Native, building for its customers cross-platform applications with time frames and budgets lower with respect to 100% native apps, without sacrificing neither usability nor quality.
These characteristics allowed to more quickly develop MVPs during agile development and to respond quicker to end user requirements with corrections, new features and interface changes on different platforms.
Hybrid applications are mobile apps developed by joining a native container and optimised web code.
The outcome is the union of the advantages of native applications - that is, store distribution, advanced functionality and good performance - with web development - development of an app for several platforms starting from the same source code.
Instead of having to develop dedicated applications for iOS and for Android, thanks to hybrid technology one application is developed, and it is then optimised for the different operating systems and published.
This guarantees a reduction of costs and greater development speed, but also quicker maintenance and more effective iterations based on end-user feedback.
The Ionic framework enables to develop hybrid mobile applications with excellent performance and usability for the different operating systems such as iOS and Android
The same product is developed starting from a single core that is "conjugated" in the different interfaces for the different operating systems. The result is an application that respects the usability guidelines for every ecosystem without developing dedicated apps.
The same product for iOS and Android shares most of the code and lets you optimize operating system specific features and it has, for example, web views integration with external web pages.
Hybrid apps exploit native code to implement features not supported by normal web applications.
We have experience in development with push notifications, in-app Paypal payments, OAuth authentication (Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc.), photo storage and other features that require interacting with the operating system.
Some mobile applications can also be distributed as “PWA”: similar to mobile websites, but installable and usable offline as well on some operating systems.
This manner of distribution is possible thanks to the hybrid nature: the native wrapper is removed and, on account of Ionic and web browsers such as Chrome for Android, it is possible to offer a website for mobile devices with characteristics similar to those of a native application.
Thanks to Electron it is possible to build cross-platform applications, not only for mobile devices, but also for Windows, macOS and Linux, with the same advantages of hybrid applications.
The experience we gained along the years allows us to suggest the best solutions starting from your needs. We are used to searching for the minimal solution, that is, the one that fulfils the requirements in the simplest and most inexpensive way. Our method is sound and effective.