Channelize Your Way to Cross Platform App Development in 7 Minutes

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Here is the 7 minutes guide to cross platform app development......

As a developer, you must have a conclusive answer if people question about choosing the right platform for developing their mobile applications. Amongst various other factors a different mindset, new design skills, screen size, screen density, device fragmentation, memory capacity, and user experience and battery life.

One of the high-and-mighty factors these days as businesses try to develop their corporate mobile apps and send them to various different mobile devices and Cross-Platform Mobile App Development makes that happen in seconds!

Cross-Platform Development lets in developing the original app on a native platform like Android, iOS, Windows, RIM/Blackberry or the other way round it will include developing the original app in a singular environment for development that will then allow the app to be sent to many different native platforms.

As there are two sides to a coin and a particular side becomes the deciding factor before starting any match. Likewise, if confronted with two courses of action, all arguments in favor and against must be jotted down on a piece of paper, and the outcomes must be weighed down on a piece of paper, check what remains!

Tools that are used for Cross-Platform app development not only decreases costs and increases the efficiency of the app but they are generally very simple to use and based off on the common languages for scripting that essentially includes HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Serving a larger user base and being available across multiple mobile platforms is one of the heaviest advantages that make cross-platform mobile app development a lucrative offer.

Flip the coin and you will learn some not so bewitching features but that does not outbalance the equation. You still have to be liberal and pick one flower at a time to arrange a bouquet. As soon as the mobile operating system receives a new build as an update, the application must also be updated to be compatible with the new system.

Rendering times can be longer than expected as each operating system needs a separate set of code. The point is to handle such an exception maturely instead of simply being clueless at the point.

Developing an app that is compatible with various operating systems sounds challenging as well as interesting at the same time. There has to be some way of working things out the way we want. Cross-platform web development gives us that platform. Think more you’ll get to the root.

What exactly happens when operating system gets a build update?

Let’s find out what exactly happens when there is an operating system update: If the operating system gets an update, a new library or a new code is required to be added to the new operating system. Developers usually update the TARGET SDK for the new operating system and simultaneously the new SDK file is updated on Google Play Store and iOS App Store.

As an end user, you do not need to install Target SDK, as it’s just for developers. You can simply log into Google Play Store or iOS App Store and update the app from there.

Developers work in the backend and update Target SDK code according to new OS in the background. As soon as a new update arrives, you as a cross-platform app user will be notified that – “PLEASE UPDATE NEW VERSION OF APP FROM PLAY STORE”

Brush up on the advantages of Cross-Platform App

Cross Platform Tools bring a horde of advantages too:

  • Presents users with native UI toolkits with a familiar interface that gives just the right feeling one wants
  • Tools like Xamarin are a good match for enterprises that make use of C#/.Net while React Native makes it easy to re-code. Simply make use of React Native UI Components, which are built using frameworks like Cordova or Ionic. It’s that easy to re-use such a code with a plugin.

Do you actually require a Cross-Platform App for your business?

App development agencies need to ask five questions from themselves before going for a Cross-Platform App for their business:

1. How much time is left for you?

Chalking out your timeline before coding will help you have a clearer idea of which method will suit your needs in a better way.

2. How much can you spend on it?

While cross-platform development is cheaper as only a single codebase is required to be managed, it might cause some additional costs over time.

3. What is the scope of application and what it intends to do?

Apps can be customized according to the needs, fully loaded with features like native or can be simple ones with minimal features. In case of latter, cross-platform development can be a better option.

4. Whom do you want to target?

If you are targeting users across multiple devices, then cross-platform mobile app development seems to be a good option.

5. Does it adapt to overall digital strategy?

A responsive website may require additional complex resources while implementing cross-platform app development strategy will help saving cost and enable developers to build a mobile, desktop and web application with a single codebase.

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Neeti Kotia

Neeti Kotia

Neeti got her master's degree in software engineering in 2009 and has been working since for software companies of all sizes as a technical writer. What started as a high school passion has now been converted into a serious profession. She has a special knack of learning from all verticals and imbibing the extracts into her writing. She enjoys learning technical aspects of writing from her tasks where her experience and understanding are most impactful.

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