Cross Platform Mobile Development




WHAT IS IT?

This is an amazing concept and refers to the development of mobile apps that can be used on multiple mobile platforms. In the business world, a growing trend called BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is rising. BYOD refers to employees bringing their own personal mobile device into the workplace to be used in place of traditional desktop computers or company-provided mobile devices for accessing company applications and data. Because of BYOD, it has become necessary for businesses to develop their corporate mobile apps and be able to send them to many different mobile devices that operate on various networks and use different operating systems.

Cross-platform mobile development can either involve a company developing the original app on a native platform (which could be iOS, Android, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/RIM, etc.) or developing the original app in a singular environment for development that will then allow the app to be sent to many different native platforms. There are both pros and cons to cross-platform mobile app development. These tools are useful because they decrease costs and increase the speed at which apps are developed. In addition, cross-platform mobile development tools are generally quite simple to use as they are based off of the common languages for scripting, including CSS, HTML, and JavaScript.

However, cross-platform mobile development does have a few drawbacks. First, mobile operating systems are frequently updated. Whenever a mobile operating system receives a new update, the applications must also be updated to be compatible with the new system. In addition, rendering times with cross-platform mobile development may be longer as each operating system needs a separate set of code.




WHAT ARE CROSS-PLATEFORM APPS?

In ideal scenario, cross-platform apps work on multiple operating systems with a single code base. There are 2 types of cross-platform apps:

1. Native Cross-Platform Apps
2. Hybrid ‘HTML5’ Cross-Platform Apps

1. Native Cross-Platform Apps:
Every major mobile operating system has its own SDK (Software Development Kit) to create mobile apps. These SDKs also have preferred programming languages which are supported by the OS vendor. For example, for iOS, Objective-C and Swift are the preferred programming languages supported by Apple, whereas for Android, Java is the preferred language supported by Google. Generally, apps created with these languages using the official SDK are called as “native apps”.
However, it is possible to use APIs (Application Programming Interface) provided by the native SDK, in other programming languages which are not supported by the OS vendor. This is how “cross-platform” native apps are created. Generally, a third party vendor chooses a programming language and creates a unified API on top of the native SDKs provided by the various OS vendors. Using this unified API, it is possible to support multiple operating systems with a single code base. The third-party vendor generally provides an IDE (Integrated Development Environment) which handles the process of creating the native application bundle for iOS and Android from the single cross-platform codebase.
Since, the final app produced still uses the native APIs, the cross-platform native apps can achieve near native performance without any visible lag to the user.

2. Hybrid ‘HTML5’ cross-platform Apps:
Mobile apps are essentially GUI applications. Most mobile apps depend on backend web services for large parts of their business logic. Roughly speaking, in mobile apps, especially in the business process automation domain, almost 60% of the code deals with creating and managing the GUI.
iOS, Android and Windows Phone, all have a very advanced browser component in their SDKs. By leveraging this WebView component, programmers are able to use standard HTML5 web technologies to design and program parts of their application. So in the end, the application is composed of at least a native frame and HTML/JavaScript executed in a WebView – which is why they are called “hybrid”. Application features which need sensor inputs like geo location, camera or lower level functions like accessing the file system usually use some JavaScript-to-native bridge provided by the hybrid application framework.

WHY YOU SHOULD GO FOR IT?

BENEFITS


With careful planning around 50%-80% code reuse can be realized across-platforms. This results in faster development and reduced costs.

Cross-platform development provides more benefits during the maintenance period. If a bug is found in a common codebase it needs to be fixed only once.

Unit tests are required to be written only once for the common code, hence the saved budget can be used to write more thorough unit tests.

It is possible to use existing programming talent rather than learning platform specific development language.

Ideal for B2B apps and business process automation apps, where time to deployment and efficient utilization of resources is more important than sleek look and feel.



Now let’s take a look at the most used framework to develop cross platform apps:

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WHAT IS IONIC?

Ionic is an HTML5 mobile app development framework targeted at building hybrid mobile apps. Hybrid apps are essentially small websites running in a browser shell in an app that have access to the native platform layer. Hybrid apps have many benefits over pure native apps, specifically in terms of platform support, speed of development, and access to 3rd party code.

In short ionic development deals with the creation of applications and is a front end User Interface (UI) framework that can manage the look and feel similar to other UI interactions to ensure app needs to compel users.
It is important to note that these native properties were not available before the advent of the web. When you enlist our services, our ionic developers provide apps using the following technologies:


We help you build great ionic applications that are not just browser-based. They also penetrate IU WebView for operating systems and web view for Android. Our apps make use of low-level browsers using tools such as Cordova or PhoneGap.

Why choose iQuinceSoft for Ionic App Development?

  • Our experts are well versed in using web technologies such as AngularJS, JavaScript, CSS, HTML among others.
  • We use coding practices that are best in the market by following the guidelines that various mobile Operating Systems use.
  • Our clients get mobile applications that are high quality and highly functional.
  • We provide the best communication strategies and technologies that are effective when looking for conversational abilities.
  • We invest in training our ionic application developers by keeping them active in conferences, seminars, and other activities that help gain knowledge.
  • You will be well engaged by our project managers and get the reports that you require to keep you engaged, informed and interested throughout the ionic mobile development process.

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