Top 3 Mobile Application Development Platforms

Top 3 Mobile Application Development Platforms

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Mobile Application Development

A typical mobile application links to remote computer resource devices through a network connection. The procedure of developing application software that runs on mobile devices is referred to as mobile application development. As a result, the mobile development process includes the preparation of executable software packages (code, binaries, assets, and so on), the implementation of back-end services such as data access via APIs, and the testing of functionalities on target devices.

Mobile App Development Technologies

In today’s smartphone market, there are now two dominating platforms. Apple iOS operating system is one of them, the well-known Apple iPhone brand of cellphones runs an operating system called iOS. The other is Google’s Android platform, which is used by numerous other OEMs in addition to Google to create its smartphones and other smart devices.

While these two platforms have some similarities when it comes to app development, iOS development versus Android development requires the use of different software development kits (SDKs) and software development toolchains. Google makes Android available to third-party businesses that meet certain requirements, such as putting certain Google apps on the devices they ship, whereas Apple solely utilizes iOS on its own devices.

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A software application that is made specifically for a mobile operating system is known as a native app. Native Apps give higher performance, as they are fast, responsive, more secure & reliable to use.

Technologies We Use: Java, Kotlin, Swift, Objective C

Advantages of Native Apps

  • Native apps offer the best runtime values.
  • Accessibility to device APIs is direct.

Dis-Advantages of Native Apps

  • Costlier app development and maintenance.
  • Different code bases exist for each platform.

Hybrid App Development

Standard web technologies are used to build hybrid mobile applications. Languages like HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript are used to write them, and a native container is used to enclose them. Apps that are hybrid simply blend native and web apps. These apps load the back-end code using a web view and have it packaged in a native container that is downloadable.

Technologies We Use: HTML, JavaScript, React, Flutter

Advantages of Hybrid Apps

  • A single codebase that covers all platforms.
  • Low development time.
  • Low-cost app development.

Dis-Advantages of Hybrid Apps

    • Hybrid apps rely heavily on many libraries and frameworks.
    • When compared to native apps, performance suffers.

Cross Platform App Development

Cross-platform apps essentially stick to the belief “write once, run anywhere,” while they also have benefits. Although the performance is far greater than that of hybrid apps, Native Apps may still somewhat outperform it. Additionally, as this technology is relatively new, there is a scarcity of ready-made modules or community support.

Technologies We Use: Xamarin, React Native, Ionic

Advantages of Cross-Platform Apps

  • With a single source of code, users can use it on multiple platforms.
  • Utilizing web development expertise to create mobile apps

Disadvantages of Cross-Platform Apps

  • Poor performance compared to native apps
  • Performance constraints are imposed due to bridging.

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How to Choose the best mobile app development technology?

If you are currently creating an app, you must decide what type of app you will be creating. Certain factors will be ideal only on one type of app and not on others.

If you need an app as soon as possible, you must invest in developing a web app. As it uses a single codebase which helps in reducing development time significantly. Users can easily access your web app on their mobile browser.

If you are short of time & money, then go with a web app or hybrid app. The hybrid app allows you to test the market with a marginal working prototype that can be in users’ hands in a matter of months. If it works well you can build a native version later.

If performance is essential, then there is no way around it: you must create a native app. This app gives you full-fledged features which you expect in your end product.

Finally, deciding on the type of mobile app to build is not a one-and-done decision. You can always build another type later on, depending on the needs of your users.

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  • Sophie Martin
    Posted at 06:15h, 28 February Reply

    I am myself a mobile app developer and can say from my experience that this is a wonderfully written blog, definitely up to the mark and concisely written.

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