The Advancement in Cross-platform Mobile App Development

Cross-platform Mobile App Development

Smartphones and tablets usage has caused many companies to adopt mobile app development as a part of their business. Time and money are the main factors in deciding on which app to adopt. Developing a native app requires a team to design and develop an app for each platform such as iOS or Android. This consumes more time and money to deliver the final product. However, cross-platform development could deliver a final product with just one team designing and coding the app as it can run on any platform.

Historically cross-platform mobile app development has not resulted in optimum results as app developers are faced with compatibility issues, security issues, and bugs that make cross-platform mobile app development harder than building multiple native apps for different platforms. However, recent advancements have improved cross-platform mobile app development.

Here is the list of the best cross-platform mobile development tools available:

PhoneGap: Created by Adobe and is one of the most popular tools in app development. PhoneGap is an open source framework that helps you build mobile apps using web technologies. This tool is free leading to its popularity. PhoneGap removes the complexity of developing apps and writing code in multiple languages and helps you build great cross-platform apps using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Sencha: It is one of the leading cross-platform mobile web apps and its frameworks based on HTML5 and JavaScript. The Sencha Web Application Lifecycle Management Platform enables you to build mobile apps seamlessly.

Design web applications improve the process with tools for faster and easier mock-ups, prototypes and interface design evaluation. Users can accelerate the development process with a ready to use a framework and improves efficiency by supporting multiple platforms and devices. You can improve web app quality with unit testing and end-to-end functional testing that is designed especially for Ext JS applications.

Appcelerator: Using JavaScript and Titanium SDK creates native apps in different operating systems by using the same code. Up to 90% of the code can be reused for all the apps you build, which saves you money and a significant amount of time. Mobile test automation decreases the testing time and project cost. The Appcelerator platform helps developers and enterprises build great mobile app experiences quickly and at scale. As this is an open-source and cross-platform mobile development tool, thousands of Appcelerator developers are consistently contributing to improving it and adding more functionality.

Xamarin: Xamarin is a mobile app development tool that includes app store delivery, app performance testing, and monitoring services. Xamarin uses Ruby or C# for the code base and creates a robust cross-platform mobile app development platform, which has been adopted by Microsoft.

Xamarin apps built with standard, native user interface controls on every platform to improve user experiences and simplify app design. These apps can have access to the full spectrum of functionalities including platform-specific capabilities like beacons. It also leverages other device hardware features to compile native performance. This can’t be achieved with solutions that interpret code at runtime. Xamarin uses the same code languages, API’s and data structures across all mobile development platforms.

Keep in mind that cross-platform mobile app development is not as simple as writing the code once; those cross-platform solutions are not necessary for all types of businesses. Ultimately, a cross-platform mobile development tool can save time and money when you are developing apps on multiple platforms. We at Vensi provide the best of these cross-platform mobile app development solutions depending on your enterprise needs and goals.