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Native Apps Vs. Cross Platform Apps | What is the better option in 2022? |


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In Today’s World Technology is upgrading so fast and even people are expecting new and better innovations that will make life easier and more convenient. Here is a comparison of Native Apps Vs Cross Platform Apps

Native Apps

The two main mobile OS platforms are Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android OS. Native apps are written with the code and early access is used for the device and its OS. 

Native apps work with the device’s OS in ways that allow them to perform faster and more flexibly than alternative application types. With the ability to get into specific resources, native apps can quickly access multiple services on a device, such as the microphone or push notifications. 

Native app development have significant advantages

  1. Native Apps have the Best Performance 

They are built for that specific platform and are compiled using the specific platform core programming language and APIs. So, it helps to make the app more effective and efficient. As end-users navigate through the app, the content and visual aspects of the app would already be loaded up and stored in the phone which results in quicker load times.

2. Native Apps Allow Developers To Access The Full Feature Set Of Devices

Native apps are developed for their particular platform, taking full advantage of the software and the operating systems features. These apps can directly access the hardware of the device such as the GPS, camera, microphone, etc. So they are faster in execution, which ultimately results in better user experience. 

As there are advantages of native apps, there will be disadvantages of native app development as well.

  1. Cost

The overall cost involved in the development and maintenance of a native app is very high. This is due to the fact that there should be separate operating versions of the same application. Even a significant amount is needed to maintain the app. But still, native apps are cost effective in the long run.

  1. Development

Developing a native app is a difficult process since separate developers are needed for each platform. Moreover, it is not an easy task to develop native apps. It is integrated with tough challenges. 

Because these are two different apps, you need two development teams and, while the work can often be parallelized, the higher cost will remain to create two fully independent applications, one of which does not affect the other. Each has its own life cycle and is a separate entity.

Cross platform Apps

Cross-platform mobile development is the creation of software applications that are co-operative with multiple mobile operating systems.

With cross-platform app development, developers can build applications that can run on different platforms with one single code system. It means the company can release the product faster and with better quality. Since it is compatible with various mobile operating systems, the application can reach a larger audience.

Cross platform app development have significant advantages

  1.  Code reusability

The cross-platform development framework allows developers to work on a single code base that can run on different platforms. It helps developers address many of their day-to-day challenges, such as writing basically for each operating system, and obtain skills on numerous cross platform development tools required to support every mobile device. 

  1. Faster application development and time-to-market 

When customers interact with a business, they expect to find their products and services on every channel while enjoying an ideal and consistent user experience. As it depends on a shared code base, cross-platform application development can speed up product development and launch. Using frameworks such as React Native or Flutter, you can build and deploy your applications faster thereby shortening the overall development lifecycle.

As there are advantages of Cross Platform Apps Development, there will be disadvantages of  Cross Platform app development as well.

  1. Lower Performance

Performance is one of the most important features of an app. It depends on many factors but, in general, if you compare two applications where one is native and the other is cross-platform and both have the same process, the native one will be slightly faster. However, these differences in performance are usually small, especially when it comes to simple applications.

2. Harder Code Design

Cross-platform applications have to modify their design and process not only to specific devices but also to platforms, which have many differences. As a result, it creates extra work for developers who have to handle specific exceptions for a variety of devices and platform differences, especially with more complex features.  

The differences have evened out. Performance-wise, frameworks like Flutter are practically no different from native mobile apps.


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