Cross-platform And Native Development: The Technical Side

Mobile app development is becoming more popular nowadays. A lot of clients want to get their project for both Android and iOS mobile platforms, because these operating systems are commonly preferred by mobile users. And at this moment the choice between native and cross-platform development is emerging. We have talked to our experts and got acquainted with all the technical details of mobile development.

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Our Python developer, Oleksandr Regush shares interesting facts about the cross-platform building of a mobile app. He says that the performance capacity of modern smartphones is increasing constantly and the capacity of programming languages is developing respectively.

Altogether there is no general guideline as to when cross-platform development will suit a particular project. It depends on many details and features. And now a few words about the implementation process of the cross-platform development.

What should you know about it? It can be developed with the help of Ionic or React Native technologies. Such technologies as Cordova and Angular are used in the development on Ionic: Cordova allows developers to use the full potential of the native development. Individual wraps for Android and iOS are being created. The Angular code imitates the “behavior” of native apps. In the case of Ionic development, the same HTML-slicing as for web-based projects is used.

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React Native has another approach in comparison with the Ionic code. It consists of libraries that are rendered by JavaScript. The final screens are built with the help of native controllers, and during the development process, programmers involve special wraps. Of course, UI can be created according to either platform: Android and iOS. By the way, developers use special “checkers” to run this cross-platform code.

Cross-platform apps are like the web ones, just adapted to smartphones. They are good for projects that require less protection. And it is also a well-known fact that it’s faster to write such a kind of app (one code, but two applications). Oleksandr adds, that this is true, but it’s essential to remember that fixing some bugs that may appear in one of the apps can take more time and resources.

We also talked with our Android and iOS developers Yura Yanovskiy and Roman Kolodiy about native mobile development.

We discovered that Android apps are written in Java (from the 7th version and later versions) and iOS apps are developed with help of Objective C or Swift programming languages (4.2 version). A Git native Android code is uploaded to Google Play and a binary iOS code with the help of Xcode is uploaded to the App Store, so users get an opportunity to download the application from marketplaces directly and without any issues. Before the uploading, mobile applications are tested on virtual and real devices.
All our experts in one voice assured us that the native app has a variety of advantages: it works faster and better, is always up-to-date (in accordance with the latest smartphone trends). The native code works directly without using any converters, moreover, it has a rich capacity for building high leveled mobile architecture.

In conclusion, it would be more efficient for big projects with complicated architecture to use native programming languages, but on the other hand React Native or Ionic will be a better option for some smaller projects, e.g. for start-ups.

At the same time, it’s always up to our clients to decide which technology will be used for his/her project. Our teams always try to make sure that the final product we provide runs efficiently and smoothly on all devices. We enjoy to see our clients, as well as users of their products, satisfied. And it’s important to remember that behind every profitable project stands a meticulously selected programming language.

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