Mobile app development continues to be among the most critical priorities for businesses across the entire gamut of industries in the world today. Why? Because of the prevalence of smartphones and other mobile devices, people have come to depend on the variety of needs in their lives. So, given that mobile devices are so widely accepted and used, it would be a grave mistake not to leverage the opportunity thus presented. Hence, the popularity of mobile app development as a concept. Now, there are a variety of sub-questions and issues that one must deal with, including what type of development should you opt for? Considering that the market is divided between platforms and all of them should be tended to, companies have gladly embraced cross-platform mobile development.
If you, too, want to jump on this bandwagon, it is imperative that you proceed with caution. This endeavor, in turn, includes scrutinizing the decision to opt for cross-platform development, i.e., if it makes sense for your business. So, take a closer look at factors such as the platforms you want to offer your app on; how complex or simple you want the app to be; the level of native feel you provide to your users; the time frame you have in mind for the development project; and the budget. In addition to that, you would do well to inspect the pros and cons of cross-platform
mobile development in the context of your business’ unique requirements. Once you are sure, then it is time to take a look at the frameworks and the relevant trends. We have listed some of the important ones for your convenience.
1. React Native: An offering by Facebook, React Native, first arrived on the scene in 2015. Since then, it has quickly established itself as one of the first choices when it comes to open-source frameworks for cross-platform app development. The list of reasons why it is so well-liked includes the following: increased code-sharing, multiple plug-ins, Hot Reload feature, and so much more.
2. Xamarin: Another relatively new offering by yet another technology behemoth is Microsoft’s Xamarin. With a community comprising over 60,000 contributors, this open-source framework enables the development of apps from scratch, inclusive of the back-end, native API, and business logic. Oh, and since it is completely integrated with each platform’s SDK, allowing programmers to utilize standard API.
3. Flutter: Of course, Google’s offering in this context is among the trending frameworks for cross-platform. First announced in 2017, Flutter was released in 2018 as an open-source, cross-platform framework to help make robust apps quickly. It offers a plethora of benefits and advantages for programmers, such as the single code, interactive UI, and Hot Reload.
While the choice to take up cross-platform application development continues to be a highly subjective decision, suffice it to say that with its many benefits as well as the high-level frameworks to enable it, businesses stand to gain immensely in the context of monetary savings as well as that of the team’s precious time.