As we notice a rapid trend towards digital developments and growth in mobile data traffic, it becomes apparent that the solution is not solely to create multi-platform apps, but to consider which programming tools should be utilized to deliver the best user and developer experience.
After analyzing mobile development options, the unrivaled compromise would be to use a development model which gives the advantages of time-optimized and cost saving code sharing and reuse, with prime performance, regardless of the device being used.
Xamarin has proven to be the ‘all-in-one’ cross-platform solution for mobile app development and is continually used by over 1.4 million developers, including myself. We’ll examine why.
1. Code for All Platforms
As far as market penetration, there are three major mobile platforms. Android covers 52%, iPhone comes in at 42% and Windows Phones have only 3% of market share. Using C#, companioned with .Net framework, Xamarin creates apps compatible for any mobile platform. The source code, therefore, is up to 96% reusable, which considerably optimizes the engineering process. Another benefit is that Xamarin does not require changing between the development environments as it works with both Visual Studio (for Windows) or Xamarin IDE (for Mac). The cross-platform development tools are built-in to the IDE at no additional cost.
2. Native Performance
Alternative hybrid solutions use web-based technologies, while apps built on Xamarin’s cross-platform can still be classified as native and its performance comparable to Objective-C or Swift for iOS or Java for Android native app development. In addition, Xamarin continually progresses towards improving their efficiency to rise to the standards set by native development. Regarding testing and tracking for app performance, Xamarin provides a full-service solution, equipped with Xamarin Test Cloud and paired with Xamarin Test Recorder. These tools allow you to run automated UI tests and pinpoint performance issues before the release of the app.
3. Native UI Experience
Xamarin allows the developer to create exceptional experiences using platform-specific UI elements. The Xamarin.Forms tool is used to create simple cross-platform apps for Android, iOS or Windows. This converts app UI components into the platform-specific interface elements at runtime. Because Xamarin.Forms significantly increases the efficiency of app development, it is an excellent option for business-oriented projects. You can also use Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android separately to ensure optimal results. Overall, with the features provided, your app will have rich native user experience and all of the wide-ranging functionality you require.
4. Native API Support
Xamarin provides native equivalent app functionality that flows across platforms. Hardware compatibility issues are eliminated through plugins and specific APIs that work with common devices functionality. In order to deliver better customization and functionality with minimal expense, Xamarin supports linking to native libraries and access to platform specific APIs.
In order to provide satisfaction to the growing mobile digital market, Xamarin is able to provide engaging and high quality native experiences to customers across all platforms and devices while reducing costs and time to market. Using my expertise in Xamarin, I can help you develop a customized app that will benefit from cross-platform mobile design and development. To discuss your project, contact me.