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Lucas | 07.8.2023

What Is Cross-Platform App Development?

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Cross-platform app development involves creating applications that can run on multiple operating systems or platforms using a single codebase. Instead of writing separate code for each platform (iOS, Android, etc.), developers can write code that can be deployed across multiple platforms simultaneously.

The primary objectives of cross-platform app development are to streamline the development process, reduce development time and costs, and broaden the app's reach by targeting multiple platforms with a unified application.

The benefits of cross-platform development include:

  • Consistency: Users experience a consistent interface and functionality across different platforms, leading to a cohesive user experience.

  • Code reusability: By writing code once, developers save time and effort, avoiding the need to duplicate code for each platform.

  • Cost-effectiveness: Maintaining a single codebase simplifies maintenance and updates, resulting in cost savings.

While cross-platform development offers significant advantages, it also has limitations. Some platform-specific features might be challenging to access or unavailable, and performance might not match that of native apps.

Various cross-platform frameworks are available to aid developers in building apps, including:

  • React Native, developed by Facebook, allows developers to create native-like mobile apps using JavaScript and React. It enables code reuse between Android and iOS while providing access to native device features.

  • Ionic, built on AngularJS and Apache Cordova, facilitates cross-platform mobile application development using web technologies like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

When deciding between native and cross-platform development, developers should consider the target audience, the desired level of platform integration, and the specific requirements of the app. 

Lucas Meurer
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