Cross platform vs Native app development

Published on May 23, 2017 in App Development
Cross Platform vs Native Apps

Today, every business is in competition to make their online presence robust with a scalable mobile app. The increasing number of smartphone users has made the online trend quite mandatory to survive in the business. Well, the most common question while opting for app development is: which specific platform to choose? Usually, people get confused while choosing between the native and cross platform app development.

What is a native app?

Mobile apps built using native development languages for a specific Operating System or platform are termed as native apps. For instance, objective-C and Swift are used for iOS (iPhones, iPads, Apple Watch) and for Android platform, Java is the preferred language. However, Android apps can be developed in C and C++ but Google does not promote the same.

Benefits of native development

Generally, native apps are built for a specific platform as they take advantage of the Operating System native services, (i.e. e-mail, messaging, calendar, etc), hardware (camera, GPS, accelerometer, gyrometer, etc.) and slick UI. The mobile apps built on native tools perform better because they are developed using the same development tools and languages in which the Operating System was originally created.

What is cross platform development?

Cross platform development refers to mobile app development built using frameworks that are managed using one single code base. These apps run on multiple Operating Systems. As we know, frameworks and development tools like Phonegap, Xamarin, Appcelerator and Titanium help developers use common web development languages like AngularJS, Node.js, HTML5, JavaScript and CSS or C# to develop cross platform apps.

Pros of native app development over cross platform

  • As the native apps are built for specific devices, they deliver complete functionality to support the hardware.
  • The mobile app developers gain more experience in developing Native apps than a cross platform app supported for every device.
  • The newly introduced functions can easily be integrated in the app.
  • The native apps offer good support to the social media integration.
  • Redesign and implementation is easy for the mobile app developed in native platforms.
  • The quality analysis test done on native app are more perfect.
  • Supported by app stores, then native apps are easily reachable by users.
  • The native app development is faster than the cross platform application.
  • With good looks native imparts better experience to its users.
  • Native apps are more efficient than cross platform and deliver the great quality of UI.

Pros of cross platform app development over native app development

  • Cross platform can be used for app development on different platforms.
  • Both the web and mobile apps give similar view on cross platform.
  • Developing a cross platform app is comparatively an easy process than native development.
  • A cross platform app is easily updated.
  • The cross platform development is cost-effective.
  • It offers great support in reaching out to maximum number of users.

This is a brief to help you understand both platforms, native and cross apps. Hence, the comparison between both will make it quite clear to know which platform to opt for according to your business requirement.

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