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What Is Cross Platform App Development? Explained In 200 Words


October 28, 2019


June 29th, 2023

While Native Apps have their own benefits, cross-platform development emerged as a popular trend, offering advantages like the ability to run on multiple platforms, reduced development time, cost-effectiveness, and easy accessibility.

A cross-platform app is compatible to run on more than one platform using a single code base. It addresses the major challenges of a native app – budgeting, storage, and time.

There are many cross-platform app development tools, each with their own pros and cons.

Popular frameworks:

  • React Native
  • Flutter
  • Xamarin
  • NativeScript

Apps with cross-platform compatibility are beneficial to businesses as they allow ‘write once, run anywhere’ approach that reduces time and cost.


Limitations over native apps:

  • UX issues due to different platforms
  • Low performance
  • Unable to take native-only advantage
  • Not mature tools compared to native

Using adequate tools, cross-platform provides the highest ratio of code re-usability, resulting in faster-time-to-market and easy maintenance.

Due to developer-friendliness and ease of development, many prefer cross-platform over native. Cross-platform continues to become a game-changer for business apps, with a wide range of frameworks, plugins, and libraries.

It has given a boost to the JavaScript ecosystem and used by the world’s top companies.


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