Before the advent of Cross platform mobile application development tools, it was the reign of Native applications in the areas of web development and mobile applications development.
Native applications, work the best on the platform for which they have been developed and can be harnessed to bring the results when required. But when the applications need to work across multiple platforms and devices, different set of code needs to be written and maintained for different operating systems. Maintaining enterprise applications and apps can become a challenge for every platform with increased time, QA efforts and costs.
Cross platform mobile application development solves these issues to a large extent. With technologies like HTML5, cross platform mobile app development has now become possible. Applications and solutions developed in cross platform technologies provide similar user experiences and ensure a wider reach. They promote the use of newer technologies keeping the development costs drastically low as compared to developing individual applications for each platform.
HTML5, JQuery, and CSS3 are the most standardized development technologies which are software and hardware independent, for cross platform development. Like any other technology, the pros and cons, the advantages and disadvantages of this methodology need to be weighed.
Advantages of Cross Platform Mobile Application Development
Faster Development and Deployment Cycles
Drastic Reduction in Costs
A Wider Audience Reached
Disadvantages of Cross Platform Mobile Application Development
Uniform but Compromised User Experience
Loss of Security
Challenges for the Development Teams
Loss of Nativity
Popular Cross platform tools in 2015
Cross platform Development: To Be or Not to Be?
It is in fact an endless debate and development teams need to analyze and take this tricky decision very objectively.
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