During the last several years of I.T. evolution, mobile application development market has led both the clients and mobile developers to face the questions:
Here are some major factors that we assessed while searching an optimal solution and the right balance between time, cost and performance of the app:
- TIME: Native mobile app development for a specific device and porting it to other platforms is very time consuming process as each new platform requires more or less similar amount of development/coding time.
- DEVELOPMENT SKILLSET and Talent: Native app development leads to an increased range of the required skills – hence, it increases the number of the developers involved in the project;
- COST: As per above-mentioned factors – the cost of native mobile apps development may vary for each project where sometime client needs the app in two platforms simultaneously or more. It increased cost to be doubled, tripled or even quadrupled depending on the number of platforms he would like to cover.
Let’s have a look on different market places and their specification.
|Market Place||Apple Itunes||Google Play||Blackberry App World||Windows Phone Marketplace|
|Languages||Obj C, C, C++||Java||Java||C#, VB.NET, Silverlight|
|Tools||Xcode||Android SDK (*Eclipse*)||BB Java Eclipse Plug-In||Visual Studio and Win Phone Dev Tools|
Native is essentially the code compiled for specific mobile platforms or devices. For iOS, it’s Objective-C and for Android it’s Java. It is best to choose native app development, as it’s more efficient and stable according to hardware. Native apps always give you better performance and consistent layout. If a requirement of your app is performance you should look very seriously at developing using any specific platform’s native language. By performance we can simply say how responsive your application needs to be, how quickly your app starts, how it interacts with other apps and the device itself and how it consumes available resources. Native applications will always be the most performing.
There are certain cases when we prefer to develop a native mobile application instead of cross platform:
– When solution requires processing large amounts of data on the client side;
– When high performance is essential;
– When developing mobile solutions based on video or game scenarios.
– When developing utilities that manage system resources or Operating Systems (OS);
Advantages of Native Mobile Applications:
- Much Better Performance
- Access to all hardware/OS features out of the box (camera, storage, Mic) access provided by the native API
- No Limits between your imagination and the device’s capabilities
Disadvantages of Native Mobile Applications:
- Porting app to another platform need same amount of code or time.
- Number of developers needed
When to go with Cross Platform App
- Your app ports on more than one platform.
- Need access to basic native features (Contacts, Calendar..)
- Need simple look and feel/performance
Some Advantages of using Cross Platform App
- Write once build for anywhere
- Saves time
- Standard performance
Some Limitations of using Cross Platform App
- Sometimes we need to write platform specific code
- To write plugins/modules again in Native Code (Obj, Java, C#)
- End user may find difference in performance.
- It’s young now (but the number of strong supporters is growing)
We can see both Native vs Cross platform mobile application by comparing into a table :
|Mobile Platforms||Device Access||Development Speed||Development Cost||Approval Process||Code Base|
If you still have doubts and would like to choose the best alternative at a price that does not drive a black hole in your pocket, get in touch with us for an expert opinion.