Cross Platform Mobile App Development
Mobile Applications have been with us for more than a decade. Within that time, the mobile app development market has significantly changed. In the beginning, developers were limited to native platform-specific applications which were not able to work on different operating systems. The growing demand for mobile apps brought new ideas for reducing the development time. And that’s how cross-platform development was born.
Cross platform is quite a buzzword that is gaining all the hype now-a-days. Let’s break it down to simple understanding.
As the name suggests, developing a cross platform mobile app basically means developing a hybrid mobile application that is compatible across all mobile platforms such as Android, iOS and Windows. This means writing a single code base and then compiling it using a framework for it to work on whatever platform you want to release the app.
Cross platform is one of the most popular methods in the app development domain today, which almost all the mobile app development companies swear upon.
Benefits of developing Cross Platform Mobile Apps
Mobile app development is one of the fastest developing industries with new platforms and new apps launching every day. Therefore, to succeed in this fast-paced world, it’s important to go for Cross-platform app development to produce better ROI and engage the target audience. Here are some of the benefits of developing Cross Platform apps.
Code Reusability -Instead of developing new codes for every platform, developers can reuse the same code across all platforms. This helps to save time and resources because it eliminates repetition in the task of creating codes.
Reduced Costs-Creating mobile apps using cross platform turns out to be economical for organizations as it works on multiple platforms and leverages on single codebase. Companies do not have to invest heavily in resources, tools, and technologies to get app developed.
Quicker Development Time-When apps are developed using cross platform, then single source code is used across multiple platforms and thus it helps to reduce the development efforts across projects.
Quicker Development time has an advantage of gaining the market control as the product will reach the market faster to be used by consumers.
Uniformity-Developing app using cross platform ensures that the overall look (UI) of the app is uniform across all platforms since the same set of codes are being utilized.
Easy maintenance and deployment-Since, there is only one developed app that runs across all platforms, it is easier and faster for the developers to deploy and maintain the code. Also, the latest updates to the app gets easily synced across the devices and platforms.
Easy integration with Cloud-Cross-platform mobile apps are totally compatible and can take benefit of various plugins integrated with the cloud settings. In other words, the single source code is coordinated with various plug-ins and extensions to enhance the app’s scalability and functionality.
Criteria for choosing cross platform development tool
There are various cross platform mobile app development tools available to choose from, but choosing the right tool depends on your needs and requirements. Also, these tools are continuously updating and changing, hence it is necessary to keep a track on them all the time to pick the best option suitable.
Below are few factors which should be considered before choosing the right development tool for developing mobile apps for business.
Security-While reviewing the security features of Mobile App Development Tools, enterprises must take a note of compliance with industry standards, system monitoring, and data encryption capabilities. These tools should allow admins to use device’s built-in security controls.
Integration-The development team should consider how well the mobile app development tool integrates with the systems and services throughout its lifecycle. The tool should be able to provide seamless integration with other systems and also let the developers build an app that integrates with existing back-end systems and also with other key systems.
Costs-While evaluating any mobile app development tools, the total cost of ownership should be considered along with the up-front expenses. Services that cost less in short term might actually cost more in the end, especially if they don’t integrate well with other systems or cannot handle all the functionality a company needs.
Delivery-Once the app is delivered to companies, the development team must know how to perform maintenance and implement upgrades in the app. They are accountable for scalability and performance of the app. Hence, before committing to any service, the developers should fully understand the service level agreement and what they can actually deliver to the vendor.
Expertise-Some development tools provide templates or code samples and make reusing possible. Some offer ability to customize specific components. Hence, the developers need to understand what skills they will need as well as what expertise is available with them before evaluating any development tool. They also need to consider how quickly they can deliver the app to the vendor.
Our Cross Platform Expertise
At IncubXperts, our technology competency goes beyond what is typically expected of a cross-platform app development company. We possess a strong base in the cross-platform mobile application development technologies and stay updated with the latest trends. The cross platform tools we use for developing mobile apps are Xamarin and Flutter
Xamarin-Microsoft Visual Studio Xamarin’s allows you to build apps using C# for different platforms such as Windows, iOS and Android using a single .net code. The best part of Xamarin cross-platform tool is that all the apps built on it look and feel like native apps that is because it uses the native interfaces that work the same way a user wants to use them.
Flutter-Flutter is another open source cross platform framework which is used to build native interfaces for both Android and iOS platform. Flutter is based on Dart, an object oriented programming language which makes it easy to be learned and used. It comes with the feature of hot reloading which speeds up the development time.
Services we offer
- End-to-end mobility solutions
- UX/UI design
- Cost Effective Solutions
- Cross platform app development
- App Testing
- App maintenance & Support