How to build a native mobile application

When you develop an app, you choose one of two paths: hybrid or native. Hybrid apps use Apache Cordova, which runs your app in a full-screen web browser on the phone, but enables platform access to core device functions.

The clear benefit for web developers is that their existing HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript skills are immediately transferable. It's also possible to leverage frameworks such as jQuery Mobile or KendoUI Mobile, which take care of tedious routing and styling. The downside? You must be careful about optimisation, because DOM manipulation can be expensive on a mobile device.

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