Cross-platform app development frameworks allow developers to create mobile applications that are compatible with more than one operating system; in this case, iOS and Android. It provides them with the ability to write the code once and then run it anywhere for other platforms, thereby enabling them to release a product/software faster.
No matter whether you are a well-established enterprise or a startup, developing a Native Android or iOS App is always a costly deal for you. Therefore, today, when businesses think about the app developing — Cross-platform mobile app development solutions are first to click in their minds. Even Startups and SMEs also find cross-platform an outstanding technology as it allows them to develop an app that can run on multiple platforms, including iOS, Android, and Windows, with a single codebase set.
Should Cross-Platform mobile app development be your first choice?
It depends on various aspects of your product/software along with other business needs. Running a business in Egypt could be a real challenge considering the needed budget and as well as the experienced resources that you can trust. However, at some point we all make compromises to reach our goals, hence regardless the pros and cons of going Native or Cross-Platform development you might be still wondering if you made the right decision. Without further ado, let’s have a quick look on the main differences between going Native or Cross-Platform development, and finally you can decide which approach will meet your business and technical needs.
Pros of Native App Development
You’ll have access to every API and tool provided by the platform that you’re working on. Technically, there are no limits on how the programmers could work with the new app.
Better Store Support
A native app is easier to be published and usually ranked higher on the platform’s app store because it delivers better performance and speed.
Apps built for the native environment also tend to be more scalable, thanks to the flexibility in resources management and the array of tools available.
High Performance and Great UX
The direct interaction between the code and the underlying resources results in high performance. Also, native apps generally have a better UX that is synonymous with the platform.
Pros of Native App Development
Building native apps can be costly when you need to launch for both iOS and Android. It means you’ll need to deploy two teams working on different platforms.
Native app development is time-consuming as the work done for a platform cannot be duplicated for another. Instead, a separate team is needed to work on the other version.
Pros Of Cross-Platform App Development
Instead of having two teams of developers, you’ll need only one to create a cross-platform app. Therefore, you’ll save on the development cost.
Only a single cycle of development is needed to create an app that runs on multiple platforms.
Single Code Base
As the app is created with a single cross-platform development tool, only one code base is created.
Cons of Cross-Platform App Development
The need for an additional abstraction layer and rendering process makes the cross-platform app slower than its native counterpart.
Developers may have difficulty accessing smartphone functionalities like the microphone, camera, and geolocation in ways possible for a native app.
Cross-platform apps are unable to take advantage of native UX components. Therefore, it can’t deliver the same UX experience that is accustomed to the platform.
Some people may argue that from the above comparison that we have an absolute winner “Native Development” and this could be correct if you’re thinking from a technical perspective. The business is all about time and money which are the 2 major cons with Native mobile app development and 2 main pros for Cross-Platform mobile app development. With that said, it worth giving yourself sometime to explore your options with Cross-Platform mobile app development.
So what are the leading cross-platform frameworks that you should choose in 2020?
Well, choosing between any framework regardless the scope of operation could be a controversial topic. We are here to identify the options that you can have and finally the decision is up to you. At Flavorte our main goal is to provide the needed knowledge to you so that you can make up your mind. With that said, it’s worth mentioning that we’re not favouring a framework on another, it’s all based on the customer needs and business requirements.
First, let’s have a look over the top trending Cross-Platform mobile app development based on search term used for each framework in Egypt. The graph below is updated automatically from Google Trends.
As per the above graph, this article will mainly focus on the first top 3 competitors. Flutter, Ionic and React Native.
Core Differences: React Native vs Ionic vs Flutter
When we talk about differences, we generally consider below-mentioned factors in mind:
React Native and Ionic are having strong community support compared to Flutter. Flutter is relatively new in the battle of mobile app development tools, making it less mature than Ionic and React Native. As Ionic is built on AngularJS, almost 6 years ago, resulting in very strong community support in provisions of the quick solution of errors and constant updates. However, Flutter has made its space and attracted developers to learn Dart which, in turn, help developers to build high-performing native apps with the support from Google community. All of these frameworks seem to be having a bright future as all three are backed by strongest tech communities from Google and Facebook.
Platforms and Popularity:
Going straightforward, React Native is more popular than the other two as many tech giants are using it in their production environment including Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Skype, Tesla, Uber, Walmart, Salesforce, Vogue, and so on. On the other side, Ionic is very popular among web and mobile app developers due to its easy learning curve. It is used by MarketWatch, Pacifica, Sworkit, Nationwide, and many more. Flutter has just entered the market but grown in popularity in very less time. It is used by Alibaba, Hamilton Musical, Greentea, Google Ads, and so on. These frameworks are popular in their respective realms and having future plans of enhancement, too.
Architecture and execution of code:
Flutter comparatively offers high performance as it uses Dart language which is advanced, compatible and comprehensive language. Flutter’s engine connects with platform-specific SDKs which gives developers a modern, reactive, and a rich set of features that can be leveraged to create beautiful mobile experiences.