Native app Development vs. Cross-platform App Development

by John Miller Web Application Developer

What is Native app?

When a mobile app development company develops an app for a specific operating system (Android, iOS, Windows, Blackberry) is called a native app. Native apps have access to all the features of a phone as a camera, media files, location, push notifications, etc. To create the app, we need a specific programming language.Example of native development is Android apps, windows applications, iOS app, and blackberry apps Are Native applications. Native Apps uses swift for iOS and Java for Android.


Great User interface

A user feels a Familiar interface with these apps without any hassle. They get a positive experience when they are using a native app.

Higher performance

Whatever native platform we choose we will get faster work by these apps. A native app can use hardware also as well as camera and many more functions.

Better positioning

IN app Stores these apps get a better position because of their single operating system and their quality ratings on app stores. It will rank to play stores and increase visibility and increases revenue. Native app development companies get better position than the cross platform app development companies.

Can be used without internet

Some of the native applications don’t need an internet connection. Without the internet, we can use those apps.

Cons of native apps    


For native android app development, we need numbers of developers to write each code for each operating system so that it can be cost effective. To manage all the operating system separately is expensive than the cross-platform applications.


Native app development for multiple operating systems takes time. We need to create separate codes for each platform. Developers spend more time to rewrite the code for other platforms.


If you have an app for Android stores, and you would like to reach the iOS market, then you need to rewrite the codes. A native app is compatible with a particular operating system of its device.

Missing opportunity

If we develop apps which will focus only o one platform, we will miss the opportunities on other platforms.

Cross-platform application development

As the names show that Cross-platform app development works on all platforms. In this Application we don’t use native programming language; we use tools like XAMARIN, adobe phone gap, etc.

Such an app will work on every platform like Android App stores, iOS, Windows Stores and other platforms. It allows all the devices to download and use the same application.

It is used mostly to save time and money. There is no compatibility issue in any platforms it works very well.


Time Saver and affordable

Make once runs anywhere app development company’s developers write a Single code and publish it on multiple platforms. That’s a good part of it that it decreases the cost and less consumption of time. To make an app we don't require more employers, which will save money.

EASY and fast (marketing)

A Mobile app development company doesn’t need multiple technologies to build their app. They only need a few programming languages to create an app. It’s easy and fast.

There is no requirement of separate codes for different-different platforms.

Wider reach to the audience

Cross-platform apps can give us a wide range of audience from the entire platform which increases the revenue. As we know, we can upload cross-platforms applications to any app store, so that we will get lots of application users.

Our application will perform on Android, iOS, windows, and many more App stores so that a bunch of application users can access our apps. 

Cons of cross platform application

Lack of flexibility to make changes

That's the advantage that we can develop a single coding app for the entire platform. But at the same time, there is a disadvantage also. Because if we need some implement in our app, which will change the app equally in every platform. These technologies can’t provide us the same flexibility as native app programming gives.

The issue of user experience

Cross-platform apps might get fail to provide a seamless user experience. That why these apps can’t offer features properly. Because the user gets distracted if the app is not working well.

Authorization of an app on the app store can be tricky

It takes time to get approved of an app on app stores. After releasing your app when you update your app again, we need to authorize it by app store before it becomes available. 

Final thoughts

Which one is better? Native app development or cross platform app development?

Mobile app Development Company always develops an app according to his customer requirement. Native apps designed for High-performance application, but on the other hand for saving time and money people use to make a cross-platform app.

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About John Miller Advanced   Web Application Developer

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Created on Mar 13th 2019 04:17. Viewed 667 times.


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