In today’s article lets discuss the ways of developing an application that can run on both Android and iOS. This way of developing an application is nothing but cross-platform application development. This cross-platform application development takes less time for development and also saves a lot of money. Let’s see how Phonegap, Xamarin, and other popular cross-platform languages can ease the process of mobile app development.
- Unity 3D
Unity 3D is another popular cross-platform framework. This tool is widely used for 2D and 3D development. Unity allows deploying games on Mobile devices, Laptops, Desktops, Smart TV and other devices.
Another cross-platform mobile development tool is Monocross. This is an opensource framework which works with C#, Monoframework, and .net. Monocross allows us to develop a Mobile application for Ios, Android and Windows Phone devices. Even in the case of Monocross, if you need any help there are a lot of online tutorials that can help.
- Native Script
- React Native
This is another popular tool that is used for development. React Native lets developers to use JQuery plugins and CSS libraries. React Native is easy for developers for those who are familiar with React. The most popular sites like Facebook and Instagram are developed using this framework.
- Kony Mobile Platform
Another important tool that is used for cross-platform application development is Kony. It has many useful features to offer for developers such as sample mobile apps (for beginners), automatic coding, API connections, and app previews. Above all, Kony allows you to write one set of source code for many platforms, including Android and iOS.
The best of the cross-platform tool is Xamarin. This is a C# based multi-platform development framework, that lets you develop a mobile application for Windows, Android, and iOS. There are many other advantages to it. Let’s discuss in detail. There are many companies that want to enhance their business with the help of mobile apps. Many business owners choose Xamarin as their most sought option for mobile application development. You may now wonder why business people want to choose Xamarin over another framework? The answer is Evident! Some of the benefits that Xamarin offers are cost-efficiency, access to native APIs, and offers a reusable codebase. Apart from this, there are other benefits of using Xamarin.
- Spend fewer development hours
Native apps are developed for a specific platform, so in such case, the developer needs twice the amount of time he takes for developing for each platform. This problem is solved when you use Xamarin, as it lets you develop source code in one platform and that works well in another platform. Hence it saves a lot of development time.
- Flawless UI
Xamarin gives solid design tool. Xamarin Studio and the Microsoft Visual Studio environment help designer to make perfect UIs and user experience.
- Code that works on both platform
When the client has a limited budget and wants to develop an application that will work well only for one platform, then Xamarin should be the best choice. Because in this case, the source code will work with Android and iOS.
- Offline Application
There might be situations when people face a problem with their internet connection and need to use a mobile app urgently. So offline applications come in handy. Xamarin is a perfect tool to develop an effective mobile application that doesn’t require an internet connection.
- Benefits of Xamarin. Forms
When developers want to design views and use them for many platforms, they usually prefer to use Xamarin.Forms over Xamarin Native. This is one of the many advantages of Xamarin.
- Spend fewer development hours
I hope reading this article you would have gained insights about cross-platform tools in general and Xamarin in particular. With all the given facts I think it becomes reasonable to consider Xamarin to be the most popular Cross platform mobile app development tool among developers. The Xamarin community is also growing larger and it offers a lot of support to the developers to make the application better. In case you still need clarification on Xamarin developed or you wish to develop an application for your business, do contact us, and a team of experienced developers will be glad to handle all your queries.