Native Cross-Platform Apps Are Changing the Rules of App Development

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Posted: November 21, 2017


With this new native cross-platform app way, you can focus more on strengthening the performance of the app rather than just being confused between what platform to choose.

Yes, you read it right. It’s native cross-platform apps that we are referring to. It’s possible now. In some cases, as you’ll uncover, you don’t need to choose between the native and cross-platform ways of app development but can combine the benefits of both in just one app.

Today, when we have a number of mobile devices that run on a number of OSes, businesses need to make apps that support multiple OSes and can run consistently across all devices including Android, iPhone, iPads, tablets, Amazon Kindle, Windows Phone and various others. In an effort to give users and clients the best, developers often find it challenging to make a choice between a more expensive, high-performing native app or a cheaper, less time-consuming cross-platform app development. But this will definitely make it easier for you- as an app developer and as a business owner willing to develop a mobile app.

What are native cross-platform applications?

So, we hope you know the individualistic behavior of a native and across-platform app. If not, here’s a quick tech run.

Native apps are platform-specific apps that can interact with the features of the particular OS. Creative a native app means it needs to build from the ground up and is written in the language supported by that platform or device. For example, Java for Android, Swift or Objective-C for iOS and C# for Windows Phone.

The native app development essentially doubles the work, time and cost involved. However, it offers highly-responsive user experience.

Cross-platform apps (HTML5 hybrid apps) are developed for all platforms at the same time. The same code can run on multiple OSes, i.e. Android, iOS and Windows with slight changes in the design. Almost 75% of development time, cost and efforts are saved here. Also, the look and feel of the apps have now improved with modern technologies and frameworks, and much of the cross-platform app development today offers native-like performance.

Well, with this knowledge, you can now better understand the concept of native cross-platform apps. As we know that Apple and Android OS use their own software development kits (SDK’s) for developing mobile apps, which when coded in their respective programming language give birth to native apps. The idea behind developing a native cross-platform app is that the native SDK offers Application Programming Interface (APIs) in a different programming language, it isn’t supported by the particular OS, and thus, a native cross-platform app is formed.

So, a third-party vendor chooses a programming language and produces a unified API over a native SDK. To make it native, the vendor provides an IDE that controls the process of producing the native app bundle for Android and iOS from the single codebase (cross-platform). This way, the developer can take advantage of both the native app development and the cross-platform mobile app development. The apps built here can achieve near-native performance unlike the purely cross-platform way.

How to build Native Cross-platform apps?

This isn’t difficult at all. Both the UI and UX design differs in Android and iOS. To form a unified GUI is difficult. Developers can write web service calls and business logic using cross-platform libraries and write GUI-related queries using platform-specific libraries. This allows code reuse yet a native user experience.
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Stop porting between mobile platforms; Use these frameworks

Two of the most important frameworks used for developing native cross-platform apps are:

React Native: Rather than constructing parallel codebases in Java and Swift, Facebook’s React Native developers need to maintain only a single JavaScript codebase for both platforms. This is much more efficient than PhoneGap and Xamarin app development.

NativeScript: Open-source NativeScript, created by Progress Software’s Telerik division, build apps to run natively on Android and iOS, with language skills that developers already know including Angular, TypeScript, JavaScript. You can build truly native mobile applications in relatively lower cost, in fewer hours and efforts. The code is wrapped in a web view, which is like building a small website but appears like an app. However, in reality, it’s an imitation. NativeScript uses an extra-layer approach.

Read related article – How is Angular 2 NativeScript Different from React Native?

If you’re building a new app and can combine both of the worlds (native and cross-platform) together in one app using React Native or NativeScript, do it now. Seriously! You’ll love to see the results. Hire mobile app developers India to build an ace project for your business.

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