Pros & Cons of Cross-Platform Mobile App Development

Idea of mobile application presence on both iOS and Android markets is too attractive for most of the entrepreneurs. That is why cross-platform mobile app development is constantly growing nowadays. Today we want to cover the pros and cons of cross-platform development compared to a native.

As we mentioned in our previous article, cross-platform development came out of an idea of the launching the same application without a need to rewrite the code. If your target audience is divided between iOS, Android and Windows Phone markets, the cross-platform mobile development is one of a decision for your project. 

Pros of cross-platform mobile app  development

1. Faster development process

When you considering to distribute your mobile app among multiple platforms, it becomes obvious that native development for each platform will take more time compared to a cross-platform. With cross-platform solutions, developers can work with one code base which can be later applied to a different mobile  platforms. That allows you mobile application to be runned on different devices while being written on one language.

2 . Lower development costs

Native development for each of the platform will take additional resources, because they will be needed to be developed separately. With a cross-platform mobile app development you’re only paying for one project.

3 . Reusable code

For native development you will need different team for each of the platforms where you plan to deploy your mobile application. With cross-platform development, your team won’t have to re-write the code for different mobile platforms.

Cons of cross-platform mobile app development

1. Performance issues

Cross-platform mobile application sometimes may have problems during their integration into native systems. The differences between user interfaces for different platforms may cause performance issues of the mobile app. That is why it is important to choose an experienced cross-platform mobile development agency for your project. However, for simple applications, that differences might not even be detectable.

2. Limited User Experience

Cross-platform mobile apps usually cannot perform all the features, which could be performed by native applications. Even though most of them were implemented into latest updates of cross-platform mobile development technologies, they do not update same time as Apple or Google releasing a new features into their operating systems. In native mobile applications, new features are provided the same time as the update with the SDKs.

3. Harder to design

Because of the differences in user interfaces between the platforms it is harder to unify the design and functionality of the mobile application  to be best-looking for every platform. As a result, it requires extra work for developers and UI/UX designers to handle specific requirements when creating top-notch mobile application.

Is cross-platform mobile development better than native?

Native applications is a reasonable decision when talking about best user experience. However the choice is fully depends on the resources. If you don’t have enough time and money to hire dedicated teams for separate native mobile app development for each platform, you still can get top-notch mobile app with cross-platform development solutions.

As a company with more than 10 years of commercial software development experience, we’ve created dozens of mobile applications for different companies from all over the globe. If you are looking for the right partner to outsource your mobile application development – we are always up for the new challenge! 

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