Which One to Select - Native vs. Cross Platform?

Native Applications, work on the platform for which they have been developed. When the applications need to work across multiple platforms and devices, different set of code needs to be written and maintained for different platforms. Managing such scenarios for enterprise applications can become a challenge.

Cross Platform Applications Development introduces development using HTML5, JavaScript and CSS3; standardized web development technologies which are software and hardware independent, giving the Applications and Solutions the ability to perform anywhere and everywhere. Hybrid Apps embed the generic HTML5 apps inside Native containers like accelerometer, camera, sound or GPS, to give you the best of both the worlds, broadening the horizons for diverse functionalities. PhoneGap and PhoneGap Build are the current buzzwords for cross platform enthusiasts.

The debate is heated between what to use; Native Applications or Cross Platform Applications…..

There are several points to be discussed. User experience, security, ease of development, reusability of code, cost and speed of rollout are all the major factors.

Benefits of Using Native Applications:

• Better User Experience
o Since Native apps are developed for specific platforms, they easily interact with various features of the operating system and grant exceptional advantages which are not achievable using Cross Platform.

• Faster Graphics & Fluid Animations
o Graphics are faster, plain and simple in native apps as they directly communicates using frameworks, which are specially, designed for specific platforms. This capability has a major significance in interactive apps like gaming apps which manipulate images and sounds.

• Improved Security
o Native apps are more secure as they use native frameworks and APIs.

Benefits of Cross Platform Apps:

• Reduced deployment costs
o HTML 5 and JavaScript are known to be the common language of the web, and works seamlessly across mobile platforms and browsers.
o Apps and Solutions developed using cross platform need not be re-written for each platform they need to work on, instead the same code works on all the platforms after compilation.

• Ease of Development
o It’s easy to develop applications using HTML 5 and most of the developers like to write code using HTML.

• Re-usability of code
o Apps are reusable across platforms without the need to redevelop the programs.

• Searchable contents
o The contents on HTML 5 or JavaScript can be crawled and indexed by search engines, so the probability of being discovered by people searching on the net is much higher. This increases the visibility of the apps tremendously.

• Unrestricted Distribution
o The apps and solutions developed using any of the cross platform technologies can be freely distributed across platforms and devices.

Native Vs Cross Platform

Native Apps & HTML 5 Mobile Apps both are acceptable based on functionality of applications. If the applications have limited functionality and are less complex, then cross platform development is better, but the user Experience of a native application cannot be matched to by a cross platform app.

At SPEC INDIA we recognize the need for the applications and enterprise solutions to maintain uniform performance across the ever increasing mobile devices and their varied technologies. The gap is ever increasing between the platforms like iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows.

SPEC INDIA is an ISO 9001:2008 software solutions company, offering Mobile Applications and Enterprise Mobility Solutions in a range of domains, demonstrating expertise in the likes of iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry. As a call of the times, SPEC India puts in rigorous efforts for Cross Platform Development using HTML5, JavaScript, CSS3 and now PhoneGap.

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