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Native vs Cross-platform application development

by Vibin Varghese Software Tester
Mobile application development can be generally classified as two, which is Native app development and cross-platform app development. Just as the word specifies Native applications are exclusively developed, let’s say for Android and iOS, On the other hand, cross-platform applications can be used in both of these platforms. There is no easy way to tell which outweighs the other. Let’s examine different features and conclude to a decision.

Native apps
Considering Native apps, Developers know the users of a particular operating system and their UI/UX aesthetics. Thus the designers know exactly the need and can maximize the implementations. Now let’s see the cons and pros of Native apps.

Pros
Full functionality implementation: Developers can implement all features associated with the OS making the application more stable and fast.
Deployment process: Releasing the application to the play store can be challenging in most cases but the features of native apps make it simple.
Best UI/UX - With the native application development process you will be able to get platform-specific UI which is an add on advantage to the user satisfaction.
Cons
Increased development cost: Compared to the cross-platform, native app requires more development cost which includes more staff and time to complete.
Development time: If the requirement is to develop both iOS and android app and you are using native app development then the release time can be longer.
Updates and maintenance: When having an application that works on different platforms, you may have to manage them separately.

Cross-platform app development
Cross-platform app development as the name suggests you are optimizing the development process. For both iOS and Android apps, you can use the same source code with slight changes and thereby saves development time.

Pros
Saves money: By developing a single application that can work on multiple platforms you are actually saving resources and time, therefore saves money.
Updations in source code: Unlike native apps, you don’t have to do double work by individually changing source code. Any updations on code can be done by single go and thus saves your time.
Similar UI/UX: Since you are writing the same code for both applications, the user interface will be also the same. This is an advantage when you switch from one platform to another and without difficulty, you can use it.

Cons
Lack of flexibility: Since you have to include features that can be supported by both the applications you may not be able to include everything fullest to the abilities.
Complex deployment process: Releasing to the play store or interacting with the play store is always complicated when you use a cross-platform app development process.

We can conclude that native applications have an advantage due to quality and functionality. But cross-platform leads due to its cost and speed of development and are easy to maintain.

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About Vibin Varghese Junior   Software Tester

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Joined APSense since, September 12th, 2020, From Kochi, India.

Created on Sep 12th 2020 05:03. Viewed 256 times.

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