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Nowadays, the latest generation of tools may finally be able to deliver on the promises that have been made for so many years. With the right tools, apps can be developed once to run on every platform.
So, is cross platform mobile the best option right now? We are living in an era where people are really well connected with their mobile devices 24/7. We need to make things work well.
Positive things about cross-platform mobile app development:
Re-use the code:
The most powerful and positive aspect of this new cross-platform mobile development is that the coding is done just once before the system is used on any of the multiple platforms. This is what we know as hybrid mobile technology. You just need to write code once and apply it to all the platforms. Basically, the coding is a onetime procedure, while the code can be utilized and applied in various platforms.
All the major Cross platform frameworks allows you to use extensions and modules that can be used with different services and tools to enhance your app’s functional validity and range. You can make use of this diverse and distinctive technology along with the various services and tools in order to enhance your app’s performance and diversity.
Easy to develop:
Surely developers agree that using this technology on various platforms in order to create reliable and exceptional framework is much easier and versatile. And there is no need to worry about the consistency and quality.
If you are just paying for an app that would support all platform, this definitely enable startups to save on their precious investment. Furthermore, once cross-platform apps go live, the maintenance costs are low because you only need one team with a common knowledge to maintain them.
Additionally, while one cross-platform team can build apps for three mobile operating systems at once, purely native mobile apps would need three different teams. This means that cross-platform apps can be launched more quickly than native apps.
A common language
These apps are developed with standard native user interface controls, apps look and behave the way users expect them to. The concerns about limitations of HTML5 disappear when you can build native apps by using a common language that many developers already know and understand.
However, hybrid mobile apps have bad things too. Sometimes they might not support every feature, and this is a serious problem with Hybrid apps. There are many restrictions on accessing various facilities and this makes it highly uncertain to have some features there. Also, the development tools used on the cross-platform supporting frameworks can be sometimes not supported by the platform conventions, and code running could be sluggish: the speed in which codes and process run can face issues at times.
So, do you really need to be Cross-Platform?
Like everything, the choice of whether to develop native or a cross-platform toolset is a question of costs and benefits, and there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. If such a staged approach is in your plan, a cross-platform toolset may not be needed. But if you want to launch on all platforms simultaneously, that may drive you towards a development process leveraging a cross-platform toolset.
Emiliano is a Software Engineer with more than 6 years of experience developing Web and Mobile applications for some of the most important Fortune 500 companies
Nowadays Emiliano specializes as Engineer on the Mobile department of TISA, looking for implementing the latest technologies and frameworks to be used in future projects.
Beyond his technical knowledge and passion for the technology Emiliano enjoys playing Volleyball, Swimming and going to the Gym, he also like reading books and playing online video games.