Cross-platform app development frameworks allow developers to create mobile applications that are compatible with more than one operating systems, in this case, iOS and Android. It provides them with the ability to write the code once, and then run it anywhere for other platforms too.
While to begin with, these sorts of frameworks came with performance issues and erratic application behavior, they have now become mainstream as the cost of developing native apps for both the platforms is only rising by the day.
Understanding the Difference between Cross-Platform and Native App Development
Before going any farther, it’s a good idea to lay out the differences between cross-platform app frameworks and those tethered to the native approach. As John Koetsier of Venture Beat explains, the fundamental difference between native and hybrid comes in the form of your end result.
Native app development eschews the complexity of creating a sustainable product that spans multiple platforms and instead focuses on generating a competent design that stays close to the target platform – Android, iOS, etc. On the other hand, cross-platform frameworks seek to generate an app that reaches out to as many followers of your brand as possible by covering a wide number of end devices during the programming and creation process.
Even the corner case benefits standing on the side of native app development, it’s hard not to see how much cross-platform frameworks offer businesses that are looking to develop apps which span a variety of devices and target audience segments.
In terms of viable and useful cross-platform options, there’s no shortage of frameworks that are worth your consideration. Here we will discuss the top 5. But, before we do so, we find it important to discuss both, the upsides and the downsides of the cross-platform frameworks, so that you can make a wise choice for your business.
Upsides of Cross-Platform Development
Here are the advantages that cross-platform development offers.
Ease of code reusability is one of the biggest upsides that hybrid app development offers. A single code can be used for multiple platforms. So, it’s half the effort and time as compared to native app development.
It offers a relatively lower cost of development as compared to native app development since the code is written once and uses for both (or more) platforms.
Consistency in UI Components
Cross-platform apps offer a decent extent of consistency in native UI components of the device. The look and feel are uniform.
It is easy to host on respective app stores once all the requirements have been fulfilled.
Cloud Integration Integration with the cloud environment is easy.
Shorter Time to Market
Such apps offer a shorter time to market and a wide market reach. Since the turnaround is quick, the time to market is short. And as the app is available on multiple platforms as one and the same time, it saves the marketing effort.