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Which Mobile Application Development Platform is Ideal for Your Business?

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Are you looking to create a mobile app? Have you planned about a platform to choose?

Let's go through why and how you can select the best technology platform for your next app.

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Mobile App Development Platform 2016

As today’s world is transforming all technologies to mobile and why not since a layman is now spending 20% of his day time on Mobile. So it has become obvious for many enterprises & startups to create apps. But these companies struggle to find the best firm who can drive their requirements on hand of users, outsourcing is an easy process but hard for clients to get quality out of it from the remote place.

So it has become mandatory for these enterprises and startups to find a technology company who can not just understand the requirement but suggest the bests of technology and today’s trends.

In software engineering, if you consider all aspects of design, code and evolution then it definitely make the envisioned or documented requirement a complete product.

Before process, you have a question when you goto building a mobile app and this question is about the platform which you usually do not ask the vendor. Platform for mobile development has all monetary and technical pros and cons and there are many platforms available to deliver the app you desire so we will unravel the bests of today’s and those which are good enough when your requirement is full of customization.

iOS with Cocoa Framework

iOS with Cocoa

This platform is used to create iOS and OSX apps, when you have a plan to create an app for people residing in Americas, Europe & Western Gulf regions then this is the platform you should go with. In these regions you should not consume your efforts and time building the Android app first rather your focus should be on creating an iOS app that consumes 80% of users in these regions.

Using xcode with modern swift programming language your app is guaranteed to be more scalable, consistent & a complete native behaviour that definitely relates to performance of the app.

Advantages

  • 1. Apple proven quality and design.
  • 2. Allows to implement high quality animations & physics
  • 3. Core native platform gives 100% native performance.
  • 4. Supports two programming languages Objective C and Swift.
  • 5. Best for utility apps, social apps, messenger apps & map apps.
  • 6. Great support of Bluetooth and BLE enabled apps.
  • 7. Great code dependency management.
  • 8. No licensing for clients.
  • 9. 100% native.
  • 10. Huge community help.

Drawbacks

  • 1. Not suitable for small apps and apps with limited budget and if you target Android or Windows Phone also.
  • 2. Developers cost is higher.
  • 3. Delivers app for apple devices only.

Cross Platform Accommodation – Not Available

Official Website: developer.apple.com

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Android Native

Android Native

Yes, we have a studio now for Android development that just not give a robust tool to developers for testing and debugging but also a dependency management facility. Android apps whether it be a wearable app, smart tv app or android mobile and tablets you can all target them here with a native output.

And java, being the most robust programming language is also number one for tackling android hardware. All you get is the best performance, scalability, predefined architecture and design patterns by google. Finally, you should not expect any team to get all these in the app it depends on the team to design the architecture and use advantages of platform.

Advantages

  • 1. Great performance & quality.
  • 2. Works great on all Android devices including tablets.
  • 3. Best for utility apps, social apps, messenger apps & map apps.
  • 4. Great support of Bluetooth and BLE enabled apps.
  • 5. No licensing for clients
  • 6. Neutral development cost
  • 7. 100% native.
  • 8. Huge community help.

Drawbacks

  • 1. Performance issue when we do advanced animations

Cross Platform Accommodation – Not Available

Official Website:developers.google.com

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Xamarin

Xamarin

Here, when you have a plan to create an app that is manageable with one code to save time, readability & money then Xamarin platform is the key solution for your business. Among all cross platforms Xamarin has proven it’s robustness, scalability, pattern & standards that help a developer to write efficient code and save time.

Xamarin has C# (C sharp) as the main programming language, and we all know about its robustness and how helpful it is to create an object oriented code. In its fullness, xamarin gives windows and OSX apps to prove it’s cross platform domain.

In recent past, we have tested many cross-app development platforms but they all do struggle in executing scalability and performance. Xamarin is now occupied by Microsoft and hence it is expected to have a lot more features in the coming years.

Advantages

We will consider the core advantages and these are as follows:

  • 1. Saves money.
  • 2. Cuts down development time by 40%.
  • 3. 75% native.
  • 4. Use your existing .Net and C# programming skills.
  • 5. Write object oriented code and run a cross platform result.
  • 6. Automated testing to save time using Xamarin Cloud.
  • 7. Get analytics result of app’s usage and visits on each screen.

Drawbacks

  • 1. Limited if we want to create slick user interface and advanced animations.
  • 2. Recommended for enterprise apps usually data driven apps that serve data and reports.
  • 3. Limitation of third party libraries.
  • 4. Requires licensing cost per month.
  • 5. Highly dependent of third party libraries and frameworks.
  • 6. Note recommended for apps include maps, chatting & bluetooth communication.
  • 7. Limited community help.

Cross Platform Accommodation – Available

Official Website: xamarin.com

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PhoneGap

phonegap

The PhoneGap platform provides cross-platform results but in the form of web view hence it is advisable if you have small app with limited features and screen. It does not provide native output hence it’s recommended for such apps eg. if you have an app that wants to serve reports for MIS then you can select PhoneGap.

Advantages

  • 1. Supports javascript so developers with javascript knowledge can create.
  • 2. Requires small budget.
  • 3. HTML can be used to create user interface.

Drawbacks

  • 1. Highly dependent on third party.
  • 2. Slow performance compared to native apps.
  • 3. Cannot apply smart moves and animations to user interface.
  • 4. Limited community help.

Cross Platform Accommodation – Available

Official Website: phonegap.com

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React Native

react native

React native is a framework that is owned by facebook and it creates cross-platform mobile apps. Developers with the knowledge of javascript can easily grasp react js. It creates native output like xamarin.

Advantages

  • 1. Reduces development time by 50%.
  • 2. Reduces cost by 50%
  • 3. 75% native.
  • 4. Cross platform for iOS and Android.
  • 5. Great for debugging and rapid testing.
  • 6. Great user experience with animations are achievable at some level.

Drawbacks

  • 1. Highly dependent on third party.
  • 2. Not 100% native.
  • 3. Not recommended for high end apps like messenger apps.

Cross Platform Accommodation – Available

Official Website: reactnative.com

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Conclusion

If you have planned or envisioned an app then you can decide based on your requirements and budget. Perception system has a wide range of development teams working on all these platforms to serve solution of any requirement.

Confused Yet?

All giant iOS mobile apps ventures are created using this native platforms hence, we can realise these apps to name few are Pinterest, WhatsApp, Snapchat, tinder, vine & Evernote. So who go for cross platforms?

Some Enterprises usually prefer to keep their code common if they have a data driven and general purpose apps for their legacy system then they would prefer to go with cross platform. Not to save money only but making a common code that is easy to manage in future.

On the other hand, big apps and specially those who run their business on the apps won’t go for cross platform rather select individual platform as their is no budget constraint also. This take is due to various drawbacks discussed above for cross platforms.

Now it is easy to put yourself in a row that whether you are a startup looking to run your business on app or an enterprise looking to create a general purpose app enterprise stakeholders.

If you want to hire experienced mobile app developers, you can contact our team of experts, who are capable of handling complex projects.

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