Web view and native application

WebView and native application

Web view application

One of our customer asked us to build a android application for his existing woocommerce website, we decided to build it as a android webview application instead of building a new application.

Creating a webiview application is easy to create that reduces the effort, time and money into half.

What is webview application?

WebView application

A browser engine contained within an application. The WebView allows the programmer to write the bulk of the application using HTML, JavaScript and CSS, which are the standard Web programming tools.

WebView also allows Web content on external sites to be displayed within an application without switching users to their Web browser and a different interface. For example, Android System WebView provides this capability for Android app developers to See hybrid mobile .

Used for

Android System WebView lets applications display browser windows in an app instead of transporting the user to another browser. Android developers use WebView when they want to display webpages in a Google app or other application

App uses WebView

A lot of important digital products that are well known as app platforms are actually WebView apps. While most companies don’t share their technology, we know that Facebook, Evernote, Instagram, LinkedIn, Uber, Slack, Twitter, Gmail, the Amazon Appstore, and many others are or have been WebView apps.

It’s impossible to say for sure how many apps use webviews. But it’s extremely common. A huge number of apps use webviews in some form, including some of the world’s biggest apps, such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. One study on Android webview apps found that 86% of the apps they looked at had webviews.

Security

WebView is in common use in Android applications. Although default configuration is secure, developers tend to introduce changes in its configuration which may introduce security risks.

Performance

Existing webviews in Android & iOS were a core part of the native SDKs and hence have so far been updated very infrequently, generally once every year. The Webview directly affects the performance of the Hybrid App as it handles the Memory Management and Rendering of the web code.

Difference between webview and app

App stores generally check every part of an app for malware during the review process. In webview apps, they cannot check certain parts of the app because they come directly from a website. Thus, a native Android app is much more likely to get accepted compared to a webview app if all other factors are the same.

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