Native app development

A native app is an application developed using platform-specific development tools. These apps are developed individually for each of the three popular mobile operating systems: iOS (Apple), Android (Google), and Windows Phone (Microsoft). We use Xcode, Android Studio, and Visual Studio for native app development.

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Cross-platform

A cost-effective alternative to native app development is cross-platform development using Xamarin. Xamarin allows developers to develop an app in such a way that the app can be installed on the 3 major platforms (iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile) while only being developed once (one source code for all 3 platforms).

To know more about cross-platform development using Xamarin, please go to our Xamarin page.

Advantages of native apps:

  • Performance – Since native apps are built using platform-specific development tools, they follow the guidelines of the operating system, making them run faster and more efficient than most (but not all) cross-platform development tools.
  • As of recent, it’s easier to find developers for native app development than for cross-platform development because the technology for native development has been in existence far longer than Xamarin.
  • API – Natively developed apps have access to specialized UI libraries for the specific mobile hardware and software platforms.
  • 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?

This is a difficult question, and one without a precise answer. As a general rule, if you’re developing an app that should only run on one platform, then opt for native development. If your app should run on 2 or more platforms, it’s best to use Xamarin.

You will not see or feel a difference regardless if the app was developed natively or in Xamarin, but you will see savings in time and money if you want your app to run on 2 or more platforms (iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile).

You can read more about Xamarin here.

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