Native App Development vs. Cross-Platform App Development

What does we use every day, sometimes without even noticing that we are already addicted to it? It is our smart-phone, which now often replaces photo-camera, watch, audio-player, alarm-clock and many other things to us, just because now all of this is in one gadget. Now it is not simply a phone for calling and texting, it is a tool, which helps you to be online and to connect to the Internet any time you want.

Statics shows that the amount of smart-phone users is growing rapidly, people use them for following news, sharing pictures and videos, looking for the events, for online banking, checking emails and just for being in touch. So it is getting obvious that if you want your business to grow and be in trend, now it is not enough just to have the website, you need to have the app, which will be comfortable for your users.

When you decide to have the app, there is a new question behind you: what to choose the cross-platform or native development on Android and iOS? There are so many situations, when our clients come to us and ask to make them app, using cross-platform, because they think that it is pretty much the same as native, or because it is cheaper or because it takes less time for the development.

So, first of all, there is significant difference between native and cross-platform development, it is even getting obvious from their names. Why is it called native? Because they are written on the programming languages, approved by the developers of these operating systems, such apps can be uploaded via App Store or Google Play and meet all their requirements. We always tell our clients, that their main benefit is that being optimized to specific platform, such app will work correct, quickly and completely in a proper way.

Basing on our experience it is more efficient to use native development, when we have requests that the app should work with the camera, microphone or geolocation. When the customer wants the app, which will use the smart-phone battery or work in offline mode, then again our solution is native development, because one more plus of native development is the usage of the device resources, and besides that native applications may fully or partially work without Internet connection and may use all of the allowed original features of the specific SDK platform.

Taking into consideration our expertise, our team would like to give a small piece of advice: If you want to have secure app, located in the special store; If you want to save money on further extent of the functionality and update of new versions; If you want to have descent interface and perfect optimization with the standard functions of SDK of specific platform; If you want to have access to the device hardware; If you simply want to have the high quality app, you shoud use native android and iOS development, it can be more expensive, but it is definitely worth that, you can trust us.

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