In the modern scenario, businesses also have to classify their customers on the basis of the mobile platforms they use. They’ve to encounter the need to develop mobile applications to each of the platforms (iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 8, BlackBerry …) used by their customers.
Since many years, solutions which are able to develop cross-platform mobile applications have been emerging and are increasingly used by developers.
Three models of mobile app development
Web applications are, as their name suggests, simple websites that have been made compatible to mobile devices thanks to the principles of Adaptive Design and / or Responsive Design. These are displayed directly on the device’s Internet browser (smartphone, tablet, computer …).
Hybrid applications are a model that has made its appearance a few years ago and corresponds to a web application running in web views embedded within a native application.
To take full advantage of a platform and have the best performance, mobile app developers have been developing native applications (which do not run in a web browser ). This model makes it possible for the mobile app to access all the features (hardware and software) of the given platform.
Although originally, it was required to use the tools and development languages available at the manufacturers (Xcode and Objective-C for iOS, Java for Android and Eclipse, Visual Studio and .NET for Windows Phone / Windows 8 …), independent publishers have sought ways to circumvent it.
Thus, several solutions have emerged on the market including Appcelerator Xamarin which allow, via tools and a single programming language, to produce native applications that can run on multiple platforms.
Cross-platform development tools a challenge for native development?
Which one we should choose –cross platform or native? There is no easy answer for this type of question and it depends on the primarily skills currently held by the developers and the needs of the app. Native applications still provide a better user-experience and hassle-free performance. But cross platform applications offer better re-usability of code across platforms. For cash-rich companies, mobile app development companies still offer to build native apps.