Native vs. Cross-Platform Mobile App Development
Are cross-platform mobile app development tools worth the hype over native development? It’s true that developing apps natively lets you work with a high level of craftsmanship and community support. However, for most common app requirements, you can use platforms like Xamarin, React Native, and NativeScript to build apps cross-platform with only minimal loss of user experience (UX) while saving time and cutting costs. To help you determine which option is right for you, we’re going to take a closer look at the functionality of cross-platform frameworks and see how they stack up against native. Then we’ll take a look at UX/UI considerations for your app. Finally, we’ll discuss how the team at Aptera decides when to use native and when to use hybrid solutions for developing mobile apps.
Most any device function offered natively can now also be leveraged in a hybrid solution. At this point, Xamarin, React, and NativeScript all claim 100% support of native functionality through their APIs. Additionally, NativeScript and React also supplement their platform shortcomings with third-party plugins and support for Cocoapods and Maven. React Native supports native functionality through what it calls modules. Not all native functionality is supported via a module, but there is the option to include any native code (Java, Swift, Obj-C) via native modules. Native modules are considered an anti-pattern to the framework, however. Most native functionality support can be found in third-party libraries too, however, its unclear how easy they are to use and if they even follow similar conventions to React Native itself.
Developer Effort Requirements
Developer Experience Quality
Reuse of Logic
UX/UI Design Considerations
Development Effort by Platform
Which Platform Do We Choose?
The native vs. cross-platform question mainly boils down to design complexity / UX, whether or not a project needs to leverage existing BL, and which tools best suit the development team while accomplishing the project goals. However, there are a few hard guidelines that are strong indicators of which stack to choose. See chart below.
Platform Interest via Google Trends
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