You’re finally here. You have your perfect application in mind and ready to rock the market. Now it’s time to choose the right mobile application development approach: and the battle between native and cross-platform development never stops.
Both of them have their own pros and cons and can be great for your application depending on their needs and resources.
Let’s take a look at both of them — and make a data-driven choice to make your application effective.
Native applications are created to run only on a specific platform, like iOS or Android. These applications are built using a specific programming language. For example, Apple prefers Objective C or Swift, and Google — Java.
Cross-platform development is all about multiple platforms. Because most of the market is divided between Android and iOS, most cross-platform apps are developed for these two.
There are two types of cross-platform mobile applications:
Each operating system has its own technology stack: for example, Java or Kotlin are the perfect ones for Android and Objective-C or Swift for iOS apps. Cross-platform app developers create a unified API and build iOS and Android apps that share the same codebase.
Ok, got it. But what to choose for my application?
Cross-platform development is much more advantageous than the native one. You need only one code base and one development team to create and maintain applications for both iOS and Android.
It logically comes from the previous point — the cross-platform development is less-time-consuming. Because, let’s agree, it’s a lot quicker to reuse code than write it from scratch. This makes cross-platform development fast, which is very useful if you need to enter the market quickly.
Ok, we have one code base for all our applications. That means that it will be easier to change anything in the app. The developers can release changes or fixes simultaneously to all platforms.
Most cross-platform apps run on both Android and iOS, as well as Windows, macOS, Linux, and operating systems underpinning the logic of smartwatches and connected home appliances. More platforms means more users!
A long story short, cross-platform development:
Native applications perform great on one platform. Developers tailor a native app specifically for a specific platform, and the result is a native app that provides excellent UX and integrates seamlessly with the platform.
So, you decided to turn to native development but have two markets to cover — get ready to invest almost twice more time and money to release applications that will meet all your needs. Two teams, two management processes.
If you want to create an application for one store, with native development you’ll have access to all the devices’ features. So, if you have an app which need to integrate with other applications on the device, you can do it. What’s more, you can use a native app without an Internet connection.
When you have two development teams for both markets, all the features needed to be released will need more time to be released.
Before starting the development process you should define main principles for you.
— How many platforms do you want to cover?
— How fast do you want to update the app?
— How much are you ready to spend on development?
Think in advance, make the right decision.
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