Native app development
A native app is an app designed and developed for a specific mobile operating system, so if you want your app to be available for either iOS or Android only, then this may be the way to go for you.
We have in-house dedicated developers with experience in building native apps for iOS (using Swift and Objective C) and Android (using Java), as well as designers who can help you optimize your app’s UI/UX depending on the platform.
If you’re planning to have your app available for both iOS and Android, though, cross-platform development using Xamarin might be the more cost-effective choice.
Advantages of native apps
- Performance – Native apps are built with the operating system’s core programming language, APIs, and other platform-specific tools. As a result, they usually run faster and may come across as smoother.
- API – Natively developed apps have access to specialized UI libraries for the specific mobile hardware and software platforms (iOS or Android). Some of these libraries are not available to cross platform development tools.
- UX - The interface design and overall user experience with native apps are adapted for the specific OS, making it feel consistent with the rest of the phone’s UI. This makes it easier for end users to use and navigate the app.
- For developers, it can be easier to program certain functions using platform-specific development tools compared with cross-platform development tools.
Native or cross platform
While native app development has its advantages, it can also be a little costly especially if you want to develop for both iOS and Android.
A cost-effective alternative is cross-platform development using Xamarin. Xamarin allows developers to develop apps that can be installed on both iOS and Android using only one source code base that can be shared across both platforms.
Check out our Xamarin page to learn more about cross-platform development.