Now every business is having a mobile app. Business app is given the status of a marketing tool for a business. There are various operating systems like Android, iOS etc available and a business would like to have a mobile app that would work in every mobile operating system. This would help the business to reach out to the maximum number of users. Are you looking for mobile apps for your business and inclined towards cross-platform mobile development? You must be wondering if it is the right choice or native mobile app development could be a better way. To clear everything about cross-platform app development , it is very essential to know the current market position that cross-platform mobile development holds in the present mobile development industry.
Cross-Platform Mobile Development
There are numerous blogs written by different technical writers and business analyst on topics like PhoneGap, Xamarian, RAD Studio, RhoMobile, icenuim, Appmethos, Appcelerators and many more topics. Top companies like facebook and linkedin have used cross platform app development for mobility. This definitely makes us believe that cross-platform mobile development is the demand for the present generation of mobile development.
Cross-platform has gained this position based on the benefits that it possesses in comparison to its competitors. The foremost benefit is saving time which is achieved through the implementation of one code base for different operating system like iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry and many more. The technologically advanced tools for developing hybrid apps have addressed the issues like low performance and less usage of native functionality of the mobile devices.
What are the limits of cross-platform mobile app development?
The limitation of cross-platform is still not known by the developers. As per the report published by Research and Market, a market research store the market of cross-platform mobile app development has been diminishing owing to a number of factors. One of the foremost reasons had been the growing demand of the native app among the developers. The inclination of the developers towards the native app is mainly challenges in regards to the web technologies and access to the device level functionalities.
The next reason for the diminishing value of cross-platform development platform is the reducing level of productivity return. This factor has been cited in regards to the feedback received from the developers about gaining less efficiency with the implementation of cross-platform. The drop in the productive level has observed in comparison to the previous year.
Some of reports have even stated that lack of native app development resources within in an enterprise is the reason for the growth of cross-platform app development. Some of these reports could be cited as coverage to gain more attention and views for the publishing company.
There have been many reports published in regards to cross-platform app development. As per the report generated by Vision Mobile Ltd, the non game developers prefer the 1.75 platform. But if we consider cross-platform development to be the most preferred platform for app development, the number would have been much higher. Going by the list of most popular category of third party tool, cross-platform hold the third position after ad networks, cloud computing and push notification. In another statement issued by Vision Mobile, it has said that 26% of the cross-platform tool (CPT) user targets a single platform. The most probable reason behind this is using CPT for in order to avoid learning about the native platform. This helps the developers rather than focusing on the benefits for customers.
There gap between native platform and HTML5 has been widening. One common reason is the introduction of APIs by the native platform at a much faster rate and HTML5 is unable to pace up with this. When a developer wants to take the benefits of the newly introduced APIs, the only option is the implementation of the native platform.
In one of the article titled “to go native or not to go native”, it has been stated that when it comes to the case of primary platform, Android is gaining more space over iOS. This data was supported by 42% voting in favor of Android and 32% in favor of iOS. The introduction of the swift programming language by Apple Inc has made native app development more accessible for the mobile app developers. In an attempt to make the native app more demanding, it signed up with IBM. On the other hand Google’s strategy is to make the usage of web technology accessible for everyone, this helps in tracking the users for the purpose of ad targeting. The current technological development by Google creates a more blur line between the native apps and web.
Some more facts about cross-platform mobile development
To add to this I have some more facts about cross-platform mobile development for you. As per the report, most of the developers remain faithful to one app store. The report by the appFigure blog spot further states that 272,000 developers targets the iOS app store and 293, 000 developers works in the Google play store that is Android centric. The percentages of developers who target both the app store were around 11%, amounting to around 58,000 developers. What we can conclude from this report is the fact that developers prefer to stick to a single platform.
The question about the significance of cross-platform app and its impact on the developers across the world has been asked again and gain. The about information was more focused on native apps taking over the web technologies what the question regarding cross-platform mobile development still remains.
There has been report penned with the title “How to build a hybrid app that performs like a native”. What I could gather from such attractive title is that making a hybrid app to perform like a native app is possible. Vendors have made numerous numbers of performance claims made for hybrid app performs like a native app, but the supporting documentations are very less.
As per the majority numbers of developers the implementation of cross-platform tools doesn’t compromise with the quality of the app. As per the report generated regarding the quality of the apps developed through cross-platform tools, 81% of the claim made supported the statement that cp tool generate high quality apps and in certain cases better than the native apps.
Mobile App Usage Stats 2015
According to a leading mobile analytics firm, mobile app usage continued to see significant growth year on year, with overall mobile app usage up by 72.5%. Top mobile app categories including shopping, utilities & productivity and messaging also saw more than 300% growth. With 51% of time spent on mobile devices in comparison to 42% on desktops / laptops by end users in United States, global companies are partnering mobile application development companies to build mobile apps , which keep them ahead of curve.