Cross Platform Mobile Application
Cross Platform Mobile Application Development is the creation of Apps that are compatible with multiple mobile operating systems. Originally the developers viewed it as a complicated process to tweak Apps for each native Apps but the development of Cross platform tools have allowed the developers to write a single code base for Apps that will eventually be used on different platforms like Android, iOS and Windows. There are several benefits of Cross platform mobile app development, a few of which we discuss below –
In the past the journey of cross platform app development framework begun with Titanium, after which many web technology based frameworks such as PhoneGap came into picture. Web technologies however have quite a few limitations against objective C, which is the primary programming language used when writing software codes for iOS and also against Java, which is again the primary language used for Android App development. This led to the development of Xamarin cross platform framework which uses C# to develop an app which runs perfectly on Android, iOS, Mac, Windows 8 and Windows 8 phone. Xamarin as compared to other cross-platform tools such as PhoneGap and HTML5 provides the consumer with a far better user experience. It also provides better performance and more security.
The main aim of Xamarin platform is to use one and not three languages for the development of Apps. Traditionally, objective-C is used for iOS development, Java for Android and .NET for Windows but with the help of the Xamarin platform we can use C# to produce an App which runs on all the above mentioned operating systems.
The Xamarin cross-platform tool for mobile application development has been developed by the company Xamarin, which was acquired by Microsoft this year. Since the acquisition, Microsoft is investing heavily on the development of this platform. With the Windows app development lagging behind in momentum, Xamarin can be a fresh hope to develop native performing apps on Microsoft technologies. This might even lead to a future where you have Microsoft services on each and every platform. Imagine a scenario where you have Windows Apps on Android and iOS phones – seems by far as of now but definitely can be a possibility.
With React Native, Apps can be built up at a faster rate. Instead of recompiling it allows you to reload your App instantly. Apart from this, it combines smoothly with components written in Objective C, Java, or Swift. It is extremely simple to drop down to native code if you need to optimize a few aspects of your application. A part of the mobile App can be built on React Native while the other part can be built using native code. This method has been used to function the Facebook App as well.