According to an estimate from Statista, revenues from mobile applications are expected to reach $808.7 billion in 2022 which is mammoth even if we compare it to figures from a few years ago. Supporting new platforms with your software for a wider market reach within the stipulated budget and project timeline is extremely difficult. Specific skill sets and builds required for each platform push up development and maintenance costs. Fortunately, there is a convenient workaround to this issue.The rise of cross-platform apps was fueled by startups who were looking for an alternative to resource-intensive native app development solutions. But nowadays, even companies like Google, Tesla, Meta, and BMW are using cross-platform applications to serve their customers. This is an elaborate guide to cross-platform development solutions that you can use to provide an amazing user experience to your users while keeping development and maintainance costs low.
A cross platform app is one that is designed to work on operating systems, instead of developing different versions for each operating system. This is achieved by using frameworks and tools like React Native, Xamarin, and Flutter, where the apps created can be deployed on both Android and iOS and in some cases, the web, windows and macOS as well. While cross-platform development reduces costs and time to market, it comes at the expense of quality. It's tough to create an app that works well on multiple platforms, and the application will often require an additional abstraction layer to execute, resulting in inferior performance but frameworks like Flutter aim to solve this by offering near-native performance. Cross-platform application builds often share most or all of the codebase amongst themselves. Cross-platform development tools and frameworks allow you to get your software to market swiftly. They also enable you to reach a wider audience with a smaller and more efficient development team. The choice between a native and cross-platform application can often confuse product management teams at most companies. Here are some things to consider before you make the choice:
Native apps are written in a language that is specific to a platform. For instance, Kotlin or Java are used to develop android applications while Swift or Objective-C are used to develop IOS applications. Native apps are limited to one specific platform that they were always built for. Cross-platform apps support multiple platforms and operating systems. Although they may at first glance seem similar, there are actually big differences between native apps and cross-platform apps. Native application development is time and resource-intensive given that the development team has to develop and maintain separate builds for each platform or operating system. But at the same time, native apps perform a lot better than cross-platform applications in general.
Cross-platform development enables you to do more with less. In today’s market, there are hundreds of development frameworks to choose from. To make things easier for you, here’s everything you need to know about each of the most popular cross-platform app development frameworks on the market.
Before being acquired by Microsoft, Xamarin was created as an independent platform in 2011. Although it is an open-source cross-platform software framework, it includes features that distinguish it from other platforms.The Xamarin platform is built on the Mono implementation of the.NET platform. The development process also includes its own.NET libraries, C# compiler, and runtime. Xamarin allows developers to reuse 90% of their code when creating apps for many platforms. Xamarin is highly suitable for companies that already have .NET and C# developers. Although Xamarin provides a great developer experience, the performance is significantly worse than native applications.
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