Initially, organizations relied on a single device to run a business. However, things have now changed significantly. Now companies need to serve Cross-Platform multiple devices simultaneously. For devices worn from tablets and smartphones, companies use multiple devices and platforms to keep their operations efficient and orderly.
Amid growing needs for multiple devices, IT teams are under constant pressure to have cross-platform applications that can provide support for both iOS and Android devices simultaneously. This is also one of the reasons why engineers are now using multi-platform mobile application development tools that can increase the efficiency of application development in the long run.
Java was released in the 90s to simplify the workflow of developers because it can work anywhere. Modern IT teams are also looking for a solution that can run seamlessly across multiple platforms, including iOS, Android, the Web, and other platforms. An excellent multi-platform application development tool can accelerate market entry by simplifying development.
Mobile application development on different platforms can be divided into two categories:
Cross-Platform Hybrid Tools
The most popular hybrid tools include Apache Cordova, Framework7, Search Ext Js, Adobe Phone Gap, and Ionic.
Cordova is one of the most common tools used to build peer-to-peer hybrid tools such as Framework7, Ext JS, and Ionic. Both Cordova and Phone Gap were born out of a project in 2008 led by engineers from a web development company called Nitobi. However, after Adobe took over Nitob, Phone Gap became an Adobe product and Cordova an open-source Apache tool. Despite the division, both platforms have much in common.
These cross-platform hybrid tools also have other important features. For example, Ext Js enables end-to-end application development with Sencha Architect, which supports drag-and-drop. Developers can build an application with ExtGen. This is the Ext JS command-line tool. On the other hand, Sencha Cmdon helps with lifecycle management and ExtBuildis helps with migrating and developing applications.
Cross-Platform Native Tools
But the catch is that developing with native cross-platform tools is more difficult and can increase your time in the market. The performance is also inferior to real native applications.
All of these tools also have different requirements for custom coding, library availability, maturity, application performance, and development efforts.
Here are some other benefits of using cross-platform mobile app development tools.
• One developer tool reduces total cost and learning curve for developers
• A single development team can easily manage the development of the platform, regardless of the type of mobile device.
• Cross-platform tools are designed to help development teams create cutting-edge functionality, including barcode reading, image recognition, data connectivity, and voice-to-text. These features are required by all modern mobile applications
Small businesses and startups often work on a tight budget that in most cases cannot support the development of separate iOS and Android apps. Cross-platform apps are the only option if your budget is tight. Now even large organizations use cross-platform applications for small projects to improve operational efficiency.
Different organizations have different requirements for mobile applications. Businesses need to opt for a cross-platform mobile development tool that meets specific business objectives. For example, startups and small businesses need to focus on launching an app early without paying for an expensive development team.
Medium-sized companies with a few hundred employees may have to deal with complex costume needs. For that, they need to develop a cross-platform application with technologies like Xamarin and Titanium where everything is easily migrated to the mobile platform.