Hybrid and cross-platform apps are able run on more than just one platform at a time, without developers having to create separate versions of app code.

Hybrid apps, which are essentially written as a web application (using technology like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS) that’s embedded within a “native wrapper” allowing it to run on any device while bypassing the restrictions of a browser-only app functionality (i.e., they can access a device’s hardware).

Native apps created by cross-platform development tools

Cross-platform software compiles a single app source code into native code that will run on different operating systems. It’s a more native feel than a hybrid app, but you’re still only working with one source code.