Bridging the Gap Between Operating Systems Through Cross-Platform Mobile App Development

Introduction

The mobile app space, although having a diverse set of options, is quite a fragmented space. Yes, there are popular mobile operating systems and each platform boasts of their own unique features, but if you’re a businessman, you want to make sure that you cater to all of the audiences. Otherwise, you’re really not going to take full advantage of what mobile apps can do. In the past, only Native apps can be developed because creating a cross-platform one that is compatible with all platforms is a time-consuming endeavor. You see, native apps support only one platform which means that you will need only a single code base using only one major programming language as well. This cuts down development time significantly than creating a cross-platform application. However, you might already see the major disadvantage of a native app. Because it can only run on one operating system, businesses run the risk of not catering to a possibly larger demographic. Things are about to change, though, as new developments in the way we create applications are now underway. In this article, I aim to provide some reasons why the gap between the mobile operating system space will be bridged with the use of cross-platform mobile app development tools.

1. It is Now Much Easier to Do

Back in the day, a developer would have to painstakingly create massive lines of code just to make things work on all mobile operating systems.This can present many problems since massive lines of code would mean that it is hard to debug and the entire process is time-consuming as well. But that is not a problem anymore as people can now make use of a single codebase to create apps that are compatible with all mobile operating systems. I am not going to go all technical here, but what I am going to say is that it is possible due to the fact that a single codebase can be translated to work on all platforms. This cuts the development time in half and that is why we are going to see the emergence of more cross-platform apps in the future.

2. Some Features Will Be Blocked for Better Compatibility

There are some features of a cross-platform application that was built using a single codebase that will be disabled in different use-cases. An example of this is if the feature is not compatible with the operating system or a web browser, it will be disabled so that the other aspects of the app will not be affected. You will still have a functional application, albeit with some minor flaws. Still, it doesn’t seem to be a major problem as operating systems are pushing towards inclusivity in that they have the necessary tools and the suitable environment for applications to run their course without a hitch.

3. It is Much Cheaper


By utilizing tools like PhoneGap and Xamarin, developers can instantly create an app with cross-platform capabilities. And, because it no longer needs a lot of time to develop, these new apps will be much cheaper as well.

Conclusion

Business owners want to have a broader reach and that is why they want to have an application developed for them that will be compatible with all operating systems. That is not really a problem anymore since cross-platform app development is now cheaper, easier to do, and it is more reliable than ever before. The new advancements in the mobile app space have really bridged the gap between the different mobile operating systems.

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