Taru M. Updated : December 19, 2022
Inevitably we have witnessed exponential growth in terms of mobile app development technologies and frameworks.
Keeping in mind this evolution of technological trends and the increasing mobile app user base, mobile app development companies and the technological giants started exploring ways that could cater to the rise in mobile app development demand in an economical and efficient way.
One way to achieve is was Cross-Platform mobile app development. As a result, IT and development leaders started building Cross-Platform mobile app development frameworks, which would enable development companies and businesses to build mobile apps with ease.
Table of contents
1. Cross-Platform Mobile App Development Explained
2. React Native
5. Ionic+Capacitor (native runtime)+ Stencil (plug-in)
6. Kotlin Multiplatform
Cross Platform Development frameworks allow the development of mobile apps with a single code base that is compatible across operating systems and devices.
This means that if a developer adopts a Cross-Platform mobile app development framework to build a mobile app, they can build an app for Android, iOS, Wear OS, and even TV OS. They no longer need to write codes from scratch (separately) for different operating systems.
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React Native is an open-source, Cross-Platform mobile app development framework. It was launched in 2015.
Developed by: Meta and Community
Soon after its launch in 2015, it became a popular choice of framework for building a Cross-Platform mobile app. Not only mobile apps but also being used to build Virtual Reality applications for Oculus.
Pinterest, a visual and idea-sharing search engine platform, switched to React Native framework after a thoughtful and elaborated testing process. Some of the benefits that they yield from switching to React Native:
Released in 2017, Flutter, a framework or software development kit, allows mobile app developers to build mobile apps for Android, iOS, Linux, macOS, Windows, and Google Fuchsia from a single codebase.
Developed by: Google
Written in: C, C++, Dart
BMW, the world’s leading automobile company, has built its vehicle companion app. However, one of their significant lagging points was their focus was diverted more toward an iOS version of the app, which resulted in performance and feature disparity between the Android and iOS versions of the mobile app. In order to curb this, they adopted Flutter, which helped them in the following ways:
Xamarin is another popular choice among mobile app developers to build cross-platform mobile apps. It enables developers to build mobile apps compatible with Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, and Linux.
Developed by: Microsoft
Written in: C#
HCL, a world-renowned technology giant, wanted to build a mobile app to promote organizational communication among their teams across the globe. They used Xamarin and Microsoft Visual Studio to build their personalized cross-platform mobile app for their organization. Using Xamarin as their cross-platform development framework, they benefitted in the following ways:
Ionic is an open-source Software Development Kit that uses Cordova or Capacitor Plug-ins to enable developers to build customized Cross-Platform mobile apps. Ionic provides tools and uses a capacitor plug-in to customize operating the system-specific camera, GPS, flashlights, etc.
Developed by: Drifty
Burger King wanted to ensure that all their digital platform render a uniform and brand-specific design experience to their customers (and visitors). For the same, it was essential to adopt frameworks and build a shared UI library that can be implemented across devices, screens, and operating systems.
Adopting native SDKs (for Android and iOS) was not a wise option for them, as their UI components are limited to their native platform needs, which could not ensure uniform design components across operating systems and devices.
Kotlin Multiplatform is a cross-platform app development SDK that gives developers the flexibility to develop business logic for apps, rendering similar experiences compatible with different operating systems, screens, and devices.
Developed by: JetBrains
Written in: Kotlin
When Netflix decided to build Prodicle, a mobile app to facilitate their physical production across the globe, it meant that the software they intended to develop had to be region specific (with varying languages and internet connectivity) and, therefore, would have heavy code structure.
Due to the unlikelihood of good network connectivity, Netflix decided to adopt the cross-platform approach for Prodicle. Which helped them in the following ways:
Every business is different and has different legacy software and business logic needs. Although, with time, business and business logic might need to refurbish their development and technological approach.
Reach out to our custom mobile app development company if you want to upgrade the performance of your legacy framework or would like to provide digital services across different operating systems, devices, and screens. We will help you choose the best Cross-Platform development framework which will best suit your legacy code-base and business needs.
But if you are starting from scratch, building on React Native would be our preferable choice to build a mobile application for your business.
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