Why Is Xamarin the best choice for Cross-Platform Mobile App Development?
These days businesses require advanced technology to develop powerful and unique mobile applications. New businesses rely upon their internal mobile app development process to achieve significant success. Mobile applications have been helping enterprises to grow at a very fast rate and consistently increasing the customer’s interest in mobility.
When talking about the bigger enterprises, such as Amazon, Flipkart, Zomato, etc. they follow a different strategy and make their consumer install their apps. Alike these big giants, many other startups have also started following the same strategy and promote their app on social media. But at times, in order to cover the entire user-base, your mobile application should be available across all the major platforms. For big giants, it is not at all a difficult task, but when we talk about startups with small budget, it seems to be a huge endeavor to make their app available across all major platforms.
Well, the simplest solution for startups is Xamarin. Xamarin is a cross-platform mobile application development tool that provides shared codes to the developers. In technical terms, Xamarin uses C# and native libraries wrapped in .NET that assists in the development of the cross-platform mobile application. Organizations have been using Xamarin platform to develop mobile apps and they have already started the process to hire top mobile app developers.
Now, let’s have a look at the factors why organizations choose Xamarin to develop a cross-platform mobile app:
Improved Code Sharing:
Xamarin is majorly known for its code sharing feature Xamarin uses C# and .NET framework to create apps for any mobile platforms. It is WORA (Write Once Run Always) mobile app development platform where developers can reuse previously used codes to build cross-platform mobile applications.
It offers Xamarin.Forms and Xamarin Native that helps in the development of a native mobile application. Xamarin Native consists of Xamarin.Android and Xamarin.iOS that provides up to 75% of shared codes to the developers to build a cross-platform mobile application. With this feature of Xamarin, developers can save lots of time in the engineering cycle of the mobile app.
Moreover, while working with Xamarin, you need not to switch the development environments. Xamarin equally supports both, Xamarin IDE (Mac) and Xamarin Visual Studio (Windows). The cross-platform mobile app development tools are provided by Xamarin as a built-in part of the IDE with no additional cost.
Native User Experience:
With the help of Xamarin, developers are now able to create cross-platform mobile apps by using platform-specific UI elements. To build simple cross-platform apps for Windows, Android and iOS developers can use Xamarin.Forms tool that helps the developer to convert app UI components in platform-specific interface elements. It can be done while runtime or development of the mobile app.
Utilization of Xamarin.Forms gradually increase the development speed of the mobile app which is perfect for business-oriented projects. However, for high-performance mobile apps, Xamarin developers prefer to use Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android to offer excellent cross-platform mobile apps.
Hybrid Apps Come with Some Serious Limitations:
Unlike native apps, hybrid apps have made their appearance with some serious limitations. Though, we all know that a hybrid app is the best possible approach that can equally fit into iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Xamarin has the ability to bring down the entire mobile app development process under one roof, i.e. known as “hybrid”.
Hybrid apps have some downsides, i.e. Hybrid apps are developed in HTML5 technology so these apps will be performing within the browser webview limitations. Moreover, mobile app developers cannot use animations or any advanced visual effects in the app. Whereas, mobile apps developed in Xamarin will perform close to native mobile apps.
Mobile apps developed with Xamarin can be classified as a native app. The efficiency of mobile app developed with Xamarin can easily match the standards of native app development.
Hardware and Software Support:
Alongside the improved code sharing, Xamarin offers a complete solution for testing and tracking the app’s performance. Xamarin Test Cloud allows the mobile app developers to run automated UI tests and check for performance issues prior to the release of the mobile app. The Xamarin Test Cloud service is a premium service.
We have already seen the compatibility of Xamarin framework with the mobile app development of enterprise mobile applications. Xamarin developers are gaining attention each passing day, as Xamarin can be considered as a suitable platform to build creative enterprise apps. Technology keeps on changing every day, and in this scenario, organizations are looking for a toolset that helps them in building apps for multiple platforms with minimal duplication of work. Having all these features, Xamarin is the cost-effective platform for mobile app development.
So, if you are looking for creating a feature-rich enterprise mobile app, choose a mobile app development company wisely that provides you a cost-effective method for buiding Xamarin app.