The Benefits of Cross – Platform Development for iOS and Android

Jinali
5 minutes

Introduction 

Client: I would like to make a mobile application. But which platform should I opt for? Which is better, an Android app or an iOS app? Should I opt for cross-platform application?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. This was a phase that everyone went through. The most crucial aspect is to obtain sufficient knowledge before making any decisions that may have an impact on your business product. 

Cross-platform applications allow businesses to earn revenue from both the Google Play Store (Android) and the Apple App Store (iOS), allowing them to increase sales in an increasingly competitive industry.

We at Nextsavy Technologies have spent almost a decade helping businesses effectively launch cross-platform mobile applications while also providing comprehensive knowledge about the benefits of deploying cross-platform apps. Let us examine them in chronological order. 

Benefits of deploying cross-platform applications

1. One – source code

Benefit

It saves time and resources, as developers only need to write and maintain one codebase. It also ensures consistency across different platforms, reducing the risk of errors and inconsistencies. One – source code allows for easier updates and modifications, as changes can be made to the single codebase and applied to both platforms simultaneously. 

Overall, cross-platform application for multiple platforms using a single codebase is a highly efficient strategy that provides several advantages such as time and resource savings, reliability, etc.

Drawback 

One potential drawback is that certain platform-specific features may not be fully supported or may require additional customization. Additionally, maintaining and updating one source code for multiple platforms can be complex and time-consuming, especially as new updates and features are released.

Also, some argue that developing native apps for each platform can provide a better user experience and take advantage of platform-specific features.

2. No need for separate teams

Benefit

In cross-application development, there is no need for separate teams. With the advancement of modern technology, it is now easier than ever to create cross-platform applications that can run on a variety of devices and operating systems. This reduces the need for developers to organize different teams for each platform they wish to target, saving time and resources in the process.

This, in turn, means that developers can address issues quickly and add new features without having to go through a lengthy approval process for each platform. 

Drawback 

However, having a dedicated and separate team for each platform can also lead to more specialized knowledge as information, knowledge, and skills are diversified and everyone can come up with different ideas to deal with situations and problems, resulting in a better user experience. 

Moreover, having distinct teams for each platform allows for more focused attention on the unique needs and details of each operating system. 

For example, a team dedicated solely to developing for iOS, may have a better understanding of the user interface and design components unique to Apple devices. It is important to weigh the benefits and drawbacks of both approaches and determine what will work best for your specific project and team.

3. Easy maintenance and updates

Benefit

Not only creating a functional and user-friendly application is important for developers, but also to regularly update and maintain it to ensure its optimal performance and user satisfaction. The cross-platform application allows developers to efficiently manage and enhance the app’s features across multiple devices and operating systems. 

For the consumer, a better experience always wins. Even if you are a big, hyper-funded player, the experience the customer gets at the end of the day is the deciding factor. – Samar Singla, Jugnoo

To stay ahead in the game and deliver the best possible experience for their consumers in today’s competitive industry, developers prioritize ongoing maintenance and upgrades. Users are more likely to interact with an app that performs efficiently and fits their needs, which leads to additional income through in-app purchases or advertising.

Drawback

While ongoing maintenance and upgrades are important, developers must also consider the cost and resources required to maintain a cross-platform program on a regular basis, which may not always be possible for smaller organizations or freelance developers.

Some users may not care about updates or maintenance as long as the software performs its functions, and emphasizing continual maintenance and upgrades may not guarantee success in a competitive sector. 

4. Access to a larger audience

The cross-platform application includes iOS and Android functionality, making it more accessible to a wider audience. Businesses can reach larger audiences by developing cross-platform apps that are available on multiple platforms at the same time. This increased reach enhances the opportunity for client acquisition and revenue generation.

In addition, cross-platform applications offer cost savings for businesses as they only need to develop and maintain one codebase instead of separate ones for each platform. 

Drawback 

“The size of your audience doesn’t matter. What’s important is that your audience is listening.” – Randy Pausch

Make sure you are not targeting an irrelevant audience while opting for a cross-platform application. It is crucial to identify and understand your target audience. This will ensure that you create an app that meets the needs of your intended users and provides a seamless user experience across multiple platforms. Failing to do so might result in poorly received application visitors and a waste of resources. Therefore, take the time to research and analyze your target audience to develop a successful application.

5. Simplified deployment 

Cross-platform development simplifies the deployment process. Frameworks such as React Native, Xamarin, and Flutter enable businesses to create mobile apps quickly and effectively. These frameworks offer pre-built components and modules that enable developers to swiftly build and deploy programs across multiple platforms, resulting in a shorter time to market. React Native uses JavaScript to build native apps, Xamarin uses C# to build cross-platform application with native user interfaces, and Flutter uses the Dart programming language for a fast development cycle.

Drawback

While cross-platform development offers benefits such as simplified deployment processes, it can also come with drawbacks such as compatibility issues and limited access to platform-specific features. Ultimately, the decision to pursue cross-platform development should be carefully considered in light of the specific needs and goals of the project. Sometimes native apps fulfill the needs of clients, so there is no need to choose the cross-platform which in turn can also save clients’ time and budget.

For example: a gaming app may require access to specific hardware features such as graphics processing units (GPUs) on different mobile platforms, which can limit the performance of the app if developed using cross-platform tools. In this case, developing native apps for each platform may be a better option, as it allows for optimized performance and access to platform-specific features. This approach may also lead to higher user engagement and satisfaction.

Conclusion

“Every advantage has its disadvantages.” – Johan Cruyff

It is important to weigh the pros and cons of any situation before making a decision. It is also important to recognize that nothing is perfect and that there will always be some drawbacks to consider. By being aware of both the advantages and disadvantages, we can make informed choices and minimize potential risks.

Want to know which strategy is best for your business? Want a breakdown of different budget options, project timelines, development resources for cross-platform development projects, and their potential trade-offs? Contact us and get a detailed answer to your queries

React Native, Flutter, Xamarin, Ionic, Cordova, NativeScript, Framework are the best frameworks to build Cross-Platform Mobile apps.

Yes, it is possible to develop an app that can run on both Android and iOS platforms. There are various cross-platform development tools available such as Xamarin, React Native, and Flutter that can help developers create a single codebase for both platforms.

Java and Kotlin are used for developing native Android apps, while Objective-C and Swift are used for developing native iOS apps.

Do you need a mobile app for your business or just the website?

Chinab
2 minutes

Do you need a mobile app for your business or just the website? This is a very interesting question, since the time mobile applications have increased in number and many businesses adopted the mobile app as there primary source of income.

We are in the age where mobile applications are at the top of the list when driving a business but if we actually look at the bigger picture there is lot more to explore and understand.

Try taking an example of your daily routine. Within 1 hours of waking up in the morning and how many different apps you might be looking at. It could be any financial app, news app, fitness app, emails etc. According to Soasta 84% Smartphone Owners use apps during their morning routine.

mobile app for your business

1. What is a utility app?

Apps like battery monitoring, flash, calculator etc. They could be standalone or dependent on an external source or your phone sensors for data or hardware.

2. What is a gaming app?

Mobile games like Temple Run, Angry Bird and lot of other small educational gamified apps for learning.

3. Which are other kinds of apps?

This consists of all other kind of apps that you use from the app store like news, social media, informative apps etc.

4. What is an enterprise app?

These are applications that you mostly do not find on the app store. They are designed and developed for internal use of a company or organization. For example Sales Agency uses this for monitoring employee customer visits and sales representatives can enter data from their visits etc. These apps are also developed in the same way the other apps are developed but only the distribution channel is different.

5. Which kind of app suits your business the best?

Well, now since we have categorized the apps the question Do you need a mobile app for your business can do your job. It totally depends on which category you fall into and what is your business goal.

Businesses building apps that fall in the 4th category are purely building customized apps for improving organization workflow, tracking progress and many other reasons in the interest of organizational productivity and growth.

In 1st and 3rd category apps can also be an extension to your website and can also provide some additional or extended feature to your customers. It can also give you insights on your customers interests and what they are looking at.

I am sure that these insights will definitely help you in answering your question, but when in doubt contact us. We will arrange a free consulting session exclusively for you. We also provide end-to-end business solutions for startups, small and medium scale organizations.

FAQ’s

The choice between creating an app or website for a business depends on its nature and target audience. Apps offer more interactive experiences for constant engagement, while websites are more practical and cost-effective for information or product showcase. Conducting market research and understanding customer needs helps make the right decision.

There are various reasons, such as that it helps connect a wider audience, attract new customers, increase brand presence in the market, increase traffic and engagement, and build trust.

Mobile apps and websites collect different types of data, as they serve different purposes and have distinct functionalities. While both can collect user data, mobile apps often have access to more personal information due to permissions granted by users. It can track location data and have access to device-specific information, which websites may not have.

Enterprise Mobility and Enterprise Mobile Apps!

Nextsavy Technologies
2 minutes

What is an Enterprise?

And Enterprise is a business or a company! But there are lakhs of businesses but not all can be called an Enterprise. An enterprise is a largely scaled business with many departments and lot of people working in each department.

What is EM?

Enterprise Mobility (abbreviation: EM) is a trend which has well take off with people preferring to “Work from Home!” or “Work from anywhere but office!”. Small organizations cannot afford such facilities and only bigger organizations can afford as it has a lot of cost involved.

Do you need an Enterprise Mobility Solution?

EMM refers to software or virtual infrastructure for organizations providing Enterprise Mobile solutions. But why do we even need them?
When you talk “Work from home”, any companies security is at risk. Remote employees face data security risks due to unreliable networks and remote work locations. To make such platforms more secured and reliable organizations make custom mobile apps, websites that are only accessible to their employees, which are more customizable and secured.
Platforms primarily developed for internal use, not distributed across organizations.
Companies must manage assets, devices, and data on various devices, including laptops, desktops, mobiles, and tablets, for employee productivity and safety.

Why Enterprise Mobile Apps and Web Development play significant role?

Enterprise mobile apps and websites tailored to meet organizational requirements.

Enterprise applications developed with organization-specific customization trend increasing. To make things better there are many SME’s also outsourcing for their minimal EM solutions required designed for their company.

Since employees and employers really like the flexibility and the benefits it comes along with it is becoming more and more popular. Do you need an Enterprise App Contact us!

FAQ’s

It is a mobile application designed for a company. It enables employees to access information, work together, and accomplish tasks using their mobile devices. These apps commonly integrate with current systems and databases, which simplifies processes and enhances efficiency.

Enterprise Mobility (abbreviation: EM) is a trend which has taken off with people preferring to “Work from Home!” or “Work from anywhere but the office!”. It refers to the ability of an organization to enable its employees to work remotely using mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets.

Enterprise mobility boosts collaboration and productivity by providing employee access to company data and apps from any location. It simplifies processes, cuts costs, and keeps organizations ahead in the digital marketplace.

10 things we take care when we work for you

Nextsavy Technologies
2 minutes
10 things we take care when we work for you

There are number of companies registered/un-registered across the globe who are providing you with custom software development services. Very few offer you proper guidance, very few listen carefully, and very few take care.

Here are a 10 things listed which shows how we at Nextsavy Technologies LLP take care of our customers:

Communicate Well

At Nextsavy Technologies, all the Nextsavians will communicate in a proper manner. We take care of each other and our clients and believe talking to the point is very important, but talking and discussing each and every point in detail is more important. We try to discuss continuously and try to leave no space for a communication gap.

Listen

There are many managers who do not care of listening to clients. But at Nextsavy you won’t find such people. We listen to what you have to say, make notes on everything, think on what our clients say and proceed our discussions keeping in mind everything that our customers have said.

Understand

We not only listen and talk and discuss, the most important part is to understand and feel what your needs are. We focus on what you want and why you want, so that we can deliver more than everything you have always wanted from us.

Outperform

We not only keep deadlines, we beat the deadlines and deliver more and more. We give value to our clients and not just what they have asked for.

Love what we do

We do everything we do because we are in love to do so. We love to listen, discuss, develop, design and deliver to you.

Guide

We have teams with different expertise, we discuss on different solutions and find out the best. We give proper guidance to our clients so that clients can have proper visibility of work and progress.

Trust

We trust you and expect you to trust us, because we are here to give remarkable custom software development services.

Respect

We respect you time, value, festivals, holiday, family time and culture. We would not bug you constantly for everything and anything. But we do keep you posted when you are not available.

Encourage

“Surround yourself with the people that encourage you”
Yes we take interest and encourage in what you do, we encourage our team and partners.

Deliver

After all being said and done, we don’t forget to deliver. We deliver high quality software solutions on time.

Summary
So join us to grow with us and give us an opportunity to deliver you success. Contact us!

FAQ’s

We offer a range of services tailored to meet your specific needs, including digital product development, software development, web and mobile app development, e-commerce development, UX/UI design, project management, and quality assurance testing.

Communication and teamwork are vital for successful project management. We employ project management software, instant messaging apps, and video conferencing technologies to communicate effectively. We conduct frequent team meetings to promote open communication and to guarantee that all team members work effortlessly throughout the project.

At our company, we appreciate all feedback from our clients, whether it is positive or negative. We make it a priority to consider client feedback during the product development process to ensure that the final product meets their vision and specific requirements.

© Copyright 2024, All Rights Reserved by Nextsavy Technologies