Benefits of Cross-Platform Mobile App Development

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Benefits of Cross-Platform Mobile App Development

Mobile applications are being used all over the world. Mobile App Development has become essential for every organization whether it is a startup or a big corporate. Some organizations make a mistake by only focusing on one operating system and not multiple. It is important for every business to focus on multiple operating systems.

Rather than working on a single device, it is important that an App to be working on all android devices and Apple devices like iPad, apple watch Amazon Kindle, Blackberry, etc.

Being a business owner, you must deal with different types of customers, and these customers possess different types of devices. It is necessary that your mobile app works on all types of devices seamlessly on all the platforms.

What is a cross-platform app?

In Mobile App Development, an app that works on multiple operating systems with a single code base is known as a cross platform app. There are two types of cross-platform apps:

  1. 1.Native Cross-Platform App
  2. 2.Hybrid ‘HTML5’ Cross-Platform App

Native Cross-Platform App

Every mobile operating system comes with its own SDK (Software Development Kit) which helps you create mobile apps. These SDKs use a selected programming language which is accepted by the OS vendor. For example, the iOS operating system prefers Objective-C & Swift programming languages which are supported by Apple. When it comes to Android, developers use Java programming language which is supported by Google. Apps that are specifically developed to be used on a specific platform or a device are known as native apps. Apps that are made using APIs (Application Programming Interface) provided by native SDKs with programming languages that are not supported by the OS vendor are known as “cross-platform” native apps. A unified API is created using a programming language that is selected by a third party vendor and is placed on the top of the native SDKs provided by the individual OS vendors. With unified API’s, it is possible to support multiple operating systems with a single code base. The creation of a native application bundle for Android and iOS using a single cross-platform codebase is handled by IDE (Integrated Development Environment) which is provided by the third-party vendor. Cross-platform native apps can achieve native performance without any visible lag.

Hybrid ‘HTML5’ cross-platform Apps

Mobile applications are nothing but GUI applications. These mobile applications depend on backend web services for their business logic. In mobile app development for business process automation, 60% of the code goes into the creation and management of the GUI. With the help of WebView, developers can use standard HTML5 web technologies to design and program applications. In the end, the final application is composed of at least a native frame with HTML/JavaScript executed in a WebView, this is the reason they are called “hybrid”. Some applications require sensor input like camera, geolocation & lower-level functions like access to the file system, these actions can be performed using JavaScript-to-native Bridge provided by the hybrid application framework.

Pros of Cross-Platform Mobile App Development

Whether it is your first app or fifth, Maple Software’s expertise in cross platform mobile app development will help your business streamline operations & bring value to the demanding modern customers. Here are some of the advantages of having a cross platform app.

  1. 1.Code Reusability

Rather than writing new code for every platform, you can reuse the same code across all the platforms. Cross-Platform Mobile App Development eliminates repetitive tasks thus decreasing the hard work. This method is commonly used in software development as it has many benefits.

  1. 2.Cost Cutting

With the help of cross-platform mobile app development, companies can invest only once to get their app developed. In earlier times, companies had to spend a lot on various tools and technologies. Now with a cross-platform app, you no longer need to spend on developing apps for every individual platform which eventually cuts the cost. This is also an advantage for app developers as they can be used for working on diverse platforms.

  1. 3.Faster development time

When a single script is used, app development will be much faster. An increase in the development speed results in helping the product to reach the market sooner and also gives time to build a brand new application. This is beneficial for both developers, marketers, and users.

  1. 4.Easier Implementation

There are several skilled companies like Maple Software which are offering cross-platform solutions for all kinds of solutions. With cross-platform apps, developers can now make changes easily, for example, codes can easily be written in HTML5 and can be converted for different platforms. Utilization of resources will be improved and the development of apps for different platforms will be quicker and makes it easier to sync updates across all devices.

  1. 5.Consistency

Since the code being utilized is the same, cross-platform mobile app development ensures the look of the app to be the same on all platforms. Customers find an app confusing & ineffective if they use different methods to use the same app across different mobile platforms. It is very important that an app has the same look and feel on every device that it is installed on.