Cross Platform App Development for Android, iOS and Web

Cross Platform Development

Hybrid development frameworks are gaining enthusiasm in app development. Cross-platform development offers many advantages over native development, but also poses dangers. We discuss.  

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React Native

React Native is a venture launched by Facebook in 2015. Within a few years, React has become one of the most popular frameworks. It is also currently experiencing a big boom.

Flutter

Flutter is an open source and free cross platform app development framework. It is maintained by Google, which also maintains the Android Native Framework.

Xamarin

Xamarin was launched in 2011, but was quickly bought out by Microsoft. The open-source framework aims to bring the native stacks closer together and simplify app development.

Cross Platform App Development Projects

Cross-platform apps that appleute has developed

Basics of Cross Platform App Development

The basic information about cross-platform development

In today's mobile app developer world, many companies cannot afford to be present on only one of the platforms - Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Budget plays an important role in the competitive app world (more about app development costs here). Therefore the hybrid app development or Cross Platform App Development has emerged as the optimal link between price and platform coverage and is gaining increasing enthusiasm. Because with Cross Platform App Development you can Apps on iOS and Android publish. However, before we go deeper into this category of frameworks, we would like to present some basics and general information first.

Hybrid App Development

Difference between Native and Cross Platform App Development

What are the benefits of cross-platform app development?

Native App Development

Whether native or cross platform should be developed is an arguably endless discussion. The camps are divided. On the one hand, there are experts who prefer native app development and are against the hybrid app development argue. On the other hand, actions and facts from established companies speak for the opposite version. For example, Uber (cab app operator) has now written its own cross platform app framework called Ribs to redesign their driver app.

Both technologies are in constant change, which requires regular analysis and comparison of the two app development methods. Because this is the only way to find out which of the two ways is currently ahead.

Native App Development aims at sustainable products in a steadfast design in the respective target platform, Android or iOS, to develop. Cross platform frameworks aim to reach as many users as possible with a limited effort.

Vergleichsparameter Native Apps Cross Platform Apps
Costs
High development costs
Relatively low development costs
Code
Works on one platform
Same code base can be used on multiple platforms
Terminal access
SDK of the platforms enables obstacle-free train access to device API
No guaranteed access
Consistent UI
Similar devices in the platform pool which is why UI components remain the same
All devices in the platform pool which is why UI components remain the same only to a limited extent
Power
Optimal performance
Good performance, partial lags. Hardware compatibility problems cannot be ruled out

The challenge of cross platform app development

What is the challenge of cross-platform app development?

App development challenge

A few years ago, it would have been almost unthinkable to build complicated and sophisticated apps on a hybrid framework. Over time, however, cross platform frameworks have really come into their own and are now very powerful, flexible and adaptable. Nevertheless, cross platform development still faces the following problems and challenges:

  • Performance interruptions due to no consistent communication basis between native and non-native components
  • Cross-platform developers can maintain app compatibility with limited tools
  • Performance degradation can lead to poor UX
  • If you want to create an enterprise app that meets the very highest security standards, we recommend native app development (Here's more on the Comparison native vs hybrid app)

Nevertheless, these challenges can be overcome and definitely outweigh the benefits.

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Advantages of Cross Platform App Development

Brief overview of the benefits of hybrid app development

Fast development process

A single source code for multiple platforms can save development efforts up to 75%.

Easy maintenance and care

Since there is only one app that needs to be kept happy, you save time and therefore money here, too.

Save development costs

Code reuse, combined with agile project management, leads to cost-saving development.

Maximum user appeal

Using only one code base to target the apps to different platforms. This even includes the web version.

Conclusion on Cross Development App Development

Cross-Platform App Development or Native App Development?

App Development

Cross platform app developments are efficient, but so far still underused and undervalued. This can be explained by the very strong native platforms, iOS and Android. It can be expected that cross platform mobile app development or hybrid app development will gain momentum in the coming years. Developers will increasingly encounter the pros of bivalent frameworks, increasing the community of supporters. The greater the developer support, the better the quality of the framework will be.

Now you are left with the question: native development or cross platform mobile development? The answer: it depends entirely on your project. Consult an experienced App development Team to receive your personal consultation.