So, finally, you have decided to have a mobile app for your business. Now, looking for a dependable and advanced mobile app development company to deliver you an advance solution with cost efficiency. I think whenever you approach any reputable mobile development team you have to face some basic queries in the first place.
For instance, the purpose of an app, budget, target audience, and future of the app you imagine like queries. After some initial analysis,the team may place some options at the technical point of view to select for your app development process. They may describe you about native apps, cross-platform apps, and hybrid apps at a superficial level only and ask you to select the development method.
In such a scenario,I think you must have some basic knowledge of these three terminologies of the app development process. Let me give it here.
Native App Development
Mobile devices need a specific operating system(OS) to run. So, mobiles are fragmented based on OS platforms. If you create an app using native technologies specified for a particular OS, your app can access all hardware and OS related features of that device type. Therefore, iOS devices accept only iOS app while Android devices only Android apps.
Hybrid App Development
Cross-platform App Development
Now, app users were not keen to use hybrid apps against the availability of native apps. Constraints were many, and lack of native experiences was the foremost. Mobile browsers and Web View technologies have some limitations to provide native-like experiences. To overcome it, new app development frameworks and technologies were invented or modified, which became famous as cross-platform development technologies.
You might have bored reading the history of the emergence of cross-platform app development technologies here. However, it was essential for me to describe all in brief ways so you can immediately get insights regarding how cross-platform app development is beneficial in 2019.
Benefits of Cross-platform App Development
Tools and frameworks for cross-platform app development mostly used recently are:
The first benefit is cut in tools and technologies to create cross-platform apps.
For native app development, a developer has to go through
- The iOS app development tools and technologies like X-Code, Objective-C, and Swift.
- Android app development frameworks, tools, and technologies like Android Studio, Java, and Kotlin.
- Windows Mobile app development technologies and framework using Microsoft programming technologies.
It means, if you want to offer a native app for more than one native OS platform, you have to go for more than one kind of app development that may prove a costly affair for many.
For cross-platform app development, a developer has to learn and use only selected frameworks and learn standard to some specific programming technologies, which limited in numbers and developers have to use or apply only one framework and relevant technology at a time, not all.
The second benefit is developers have to create only one app at a time not many for multiple OS platforms.
Now, if you want more than one app for native platforms, your mobile app development team has to churn tons of code cumulatively for your targeted native apps. It can take a lot of time and testing to deliver the bug-free app with excellent UX.
With cross-platform app development, your developers only create code for one app. However, the same code can be shared among the different versions of the apps across the mobile OS platforms.
The third advantage is up to 80% of your code will share across the devices that will save time and efforts of app developers.
For native app development, the chances are high that you have to hire more than one team of developers for native app development based on their platform-specific expertise. Whereas, cross-platform app development used to accomplish with a single team and limited numbers of developers.
The fourth benefit of cross-platform app development is that it demands only one team with a handful of developers.
The latest cross-platform frameworks including Xamarin, React Native and Native Script like JS-based frameworks render user interface (UI) using “Native Controls” and similar components.
Therefore, resulting UI performs excellently in speed, interactions, and quality. OS-based UI rendering also allows access of the most of native device and OS features. In sum, users feel native-like UX while using cross-platform apps.
It is true that in hybrid apps where UI rendering takes place in Web View that is browser-based and has limited access to native features.
The fifth advantage with cross-platform app development is native-like user experiences with apps.
If we look at all benefits described earlier, conclusively, we can say that cross-platform is extremely cost-effective mobile app development method, and deliver excellence compared to hybrid apps and native apps against the investment involved in it.
The sixth advantage with cross-platform app development is highly cost-effective apps in your hands with native-like UX.
When we compare native app development on two or more OS platforms, cross-platform apps deliver the same native-like UX, features, and functionality with a single development. Testing of app accomplishes fast because the team has to test a single app across different platform and devices. It makes deployment fast with rapid turnarounds. The development team can attain short deadlines easily.
The seventh advantage with cross-platform app development is fast deployment with quick turnarounds.
When app maintenance comes into question, the cross-platform app requires support and maintenance only for one app against multiple apps for different native platforms. It cuts the cost of support and maintenance a lot throughout app lifecycle.
The eighth advantage with cross-platform app development is low maintenance and a few support requirements.
We have seen differences between native,hybrid, and cross-platform app development in details covering many technical aspects too. It has given insights that cross-platform app development is going to be highly beneficial deal with improved technologies, tools, and development frameworks.
What you need is only trained and experienced Cross-Platform App Development Company with flairs in the latest technologies and proficiency in the latest tools. It is SysBunny and its cross-platform app developers who can serve your purposes at highly competitive rates and fast turnover. Would you like to talk about your next mobile app development project with us?
Hemant Parmar is a veteran mobile app consultant. He is co-founder of the company. Thanks to his prolonged exposure to mobile application development projects for myriads of niches and industries, he is capable of providing high-end mobile app development consultancy. He is devoted to providing honest and transparent consultancy services for clienteles looking for righteous guidance to augment their niche services/products using the latest mobile technologies.