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Why are Businesses Choosing Cross-Platform Applications?

Over the years, the mobile development market has seen the emergence of 3 main families of applications.

Native applications, which are mobile applications developed with a language specific to the OS such as Swift/Objective-C for iOS and Java/Kotlin for Android.

Hybrid applications, which use web technologies (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript) and which are displayed in web views in applications.

The Need for Mobile Applications

Brands seek to be accessible to the majority of users and therefore target the two most used platforms: iOS and Android.

The functionality is generally similar on both platforms.

When they target several platforms and the applications share the same functional need, it is then interesting to share the same code base.

The Cost of Cross-Platform Development

This is explained by the very principle of multiplatform technologies — sharing the same code base between the different OS.

And even if certain costs cannot be reduced, such as the time spent testing each version, development time is considerably accelerated.

Benefits for User Interface (UI)

Even if the native elements used like the navigation bars or the alerts will have a style specific to the OS, the interface will generally look the same on the different platforms.

No more unintended differences between platforms!

Multi-Platform Application

In addition to being able to maintain graphical consistency, cross-platform applications make it possible to create user interfaces with close-to-native rendering, satisfactory interactions, and animations, unlike the rendering of hybrid applications.

The Advantages for The Evolution

It is, therefore, possible to start your project by targeting only iOS and add Android later.

In addition to mobile platforms, it is possible to evolve mobile applications to web applications or even desktop applications without having to start a new project.

The Benefits for Development Teams

The size of the teams can then be reduced and the synergy between the members made stronger.

Collaboration is easier because developers “speak the same language”, which can have a positive impact on the quality of the project.

Even if the language remains common between the platforms, it is recommended to have a minimum of native development knowledge, especially on the deployment part on the stores.

The Performance

Given the phenomenal quantity of mobile applications available on the market, performance is a crucial issue.

Unlike hybrid apps, which use HTML, CSS, and JavaScript in web views, cross-platform technologies use native OS components.

The performance is then close to native and that is why so many players in the sector are choosing these technologies.

To Conclude

If you are looking to leverage the power of cross-platform application development for your project, contact us.

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