Finding web solutions via mobile phones has become the trend in recent days. If it’s laptops and computers earlier, it’s the iPhones and Androids trending today, and it would be advanced versions of the same, the future days. Now-a-days, Smartphones are pulling in a great demand among worldwide mobile users. One strong reason for this rising demand is for the apps that get along with these mobile devices. Mobile apps are loved by most people for its design and ease of use feature. Today, Cross Platform Mobile Application development is making outstanding impressions among world-wide developers.
These hybrid apps can be designed on any (two or more) of these OS platforms: iOS, Android, Blackberry OS, Windows Phone 7, Web OS, MeeGo, Maemo and many more to go with. However, any developer would focus on the major giants iPhone, Androids, Blackberry and Windows. Hence, developing apps that supports two or more of these platforms together will be absolutely pleasing. Mobile apps designed under cross platform modules has their own pros and cons, which is to-be discussed below in brief.
Features of Cross Platform App Development:
2. Re-usability of Codes
One of the best things with cross platform mobile application development is, once the app is developed, it can be launched on multiple OS. It is not needed to write codes or sequences for each platform individually. Instead you can simply reuse those bits in upcoming projects and different platforms.
Most of the cross platform frameworks include plugins that lets you create a native library and integrate it to the SDKs’ like PhoneGap, Appcelerator’s Titanium and Rhodes. This helps you develop apps with most advanced features and tasks.
4. Reasonable Costs
This can be the best benefit with cross platform mobile application development. Developing a single app for all platforms costs less money when compared to those on independent platforms.
5. Service Support
Almost all cross platform frameworks comes with the option to directly communicate with cloud services, from which you could achieve an excellent support.
6. Fast Compilation
Compiling hybrid mobile apps is faster and effective, when compared to that of other native apps.
7. Simple Testing
Testing is made absolutely simple with cross platform framework. Hence, it wouldn’t take much time to launch the app.
Limitations of Cross Platform App Development:
1. Less Quality
Though cross platform mobile apps are faster and friendly, they have faced issues for having a less performance quality when compared to native apps.
2. Needs Update
Since each app is designed on one or more OS platforms, it is hard to be supported by every feature of OS. Each time the OS gets updated with new features, your app also needs an update.
3. Requires Connection
A connection needs to be set up for starting up a cross platform app, which is not needed with native apps.
4. Hardware Restrictions
Cross platform mobile applications has restrictions to some of the hardware features, as these apps come up with multiple mobile OS platforms.
5. Seller Lock-in
As you see, hybrid apps come up with features and limitations that could either delight or disappoint any developer. Anyhow, if used with good standards and attributes, the apps are certainly going to cross some higher levels.