The Consequences of Cross-Platform of Application Development
For a time, native applications have become the masters of the mobile app development niche. They offer amazing performance and stability that no other type of mobile application can match. There is just one downside in that once you code for native apps, it only works for only one platform. That can severely put a damper on your coverage since you would have to spend a ton of money to develop two native apps for the two dominant mobile operating systems (in which some businesses just cannot afford to do).
That is where cross-platform app development comes in. This type of application is operating system-agnostic which means that it can be run on any mobile environment.
Despite its relative advantages, there are also some drawbacks as well especially to the developers app. That is what I am going to cover in this article, so do read on to find out the pros and the cons of cross-platform app development.
- Uses Only One Codebase- App developers would only be required to write a single codebase to make a cross-platform application which dramatically cuts development time.
- Easy Access to Plugins- You can increase the app’s functionality through the use of different modules and APIs that are found in major cross-platform development frameworks such as PhoneGap, Xamarin, etc.
- Reduced Development Costs- Since you’re going to just create an application that works on all known mobile operating systems, you can reduce the app development costs to a considerable degree.
- Cloud Service Integration- With the use of development frameworks such as Titanium, Sencha, PhoneGap, and many others, you can use cloud services to further enhance your application’s feature set.
- Tool Restriction- There are some development frameworks that can only be installed in a particular desktop operating system.
- Doesn’t Match Native App Performance- Native apps are still kings when it comes to performance. Although there are development frameworks that allow you to create a cross-platform app that has the performance of a native app, that still remains to be seen.
- It May Lack 3D Support- As of now, 3D support in cross-platform apps is fairly limited. However, both Google and Apple are making strides just to make things even more interesting, so we might see more amazing changes in the future.
- Might Not Support Every Feature Available- There are just some features that work on only one operating system, so that might be a major problem in cross-platform app development.
Cross-platform applications have their own advantages and disadvantages. Some major benefits of cross-platforms apps include being able to run in multiple operating systems, an application can be developed by just writing a single codebase, and you can also use a lot of plugins as well.
However, there are also some downsides to this. For one, the performance of a cross-platform app may not be up to par with native apps. Second, it might not fully support some features which can be a real downer for many users.
Whatever the case may be, I still believe in the creation of cross-platform apps over native ones.