Using XamarinXamarin has been touted as the go-to tool for those looking to optimize app performance, utilizing its own IDE for development. It is unique in that it allows for native app development and sever code sharing. With the same API and UI controllers as those used in iOS and Android-specific platforms, Xamarin-built apps are easy to maintain. An obvious downside to Xamarin is its lack of accessibility — it is not an open-source tool like Titanium. However in 2016, the company announced that Xamarin would be freely available with Visual Studio. Xamarin works efficiently by compiling C# for Android, iOS, and Windows. While more than 60 percent of code is said to be reusable, some developers may not be familiar with .NET and C# — limiting this tool to a subgroup of developers. Essentially, Xamarin aims to provide the beautiful look and feel of a native app without the extra work.
Choosing NativeFor many developers, native mobile apps are the gold standard. Combine a seamless UX, speed and additional features like multi-touch designed directly integrated for a particular device. This is what native apps typically deliver. Developers choose to go native, either for iOS or Android, because of the undeniably smooth features and flawless UI that results. However, native app development limits you to one kind of device, meaning that you’ll need to develop more apps if you wish to reach a larger demographic. While hybrid app development with Titanium dramatically reduces the amount of code you’ll need to write, native app codes are only useful for a single operating system. Teams developing native apps for both iOS and Android would need to know both Objective C and Java languages. Thus if it is important for you to reach both Android and iOS users, developing native apps for each will likely be more time-consuming and costly.
ConclusionEnterprise mobile app developers must consider their highest priorities to come to a decision. The platform that will best serve the needs of one business will be different from that which serves the needs of another. Developers must first get clear on their target audience, think from the user’s perspective, and only then select the development that makes sense for their project.
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