Mobile App Development Technologies for Non-Technical People
Today, we can’t imagine the world without smartphones and mobile applications as there are mobile apps for everything: finance, dating, music, learning languages, gaming etc. Mobile apps have also become the most convenient means of communication between businesses and their customers. Are you thinking about building a mobile app for your business and need advice on what technology stack to choose for your project?
In this article, we’re going to tell you about different modern mobile app development technologies to help you be more informed when you discuss different options with your mobile app developer.
Native Apps vs Hybrid Apps: What Is the Difference?
There are two main approaches to building mobile apps – they can be native or hybrid. First, you have to decide what type works best for you because each approach has its pros and cons.
Native apps are built for a specific platform like Google’s Android, Apple’s iOS or Windows Phone. They are written in programming languages that are supported by the platform (native programming languages):
- Android (Java, Kotlin)
- iOS (Swift or Objective C)
- Windows Phone (C#)
Native apps are distributed in app stores and don’t require an Internet connection. When users first install native apps, they download most of the content up front. The principal advantage of native apps is that they are fast and responsive and, as a result, they offer a better user experience. Unfortunately, their development is rather expensive because if you want to build your app and launch it on more than one platform, your developers will need to create a separate code for each of them.
Hybrid apps are designed to work across different platforms and offer access to API, which stands for Application Programming Interface. In simple words, an API is an intermediary which allows different software components to talk to each other. You can install hybrid apps on a smartphone just like native apps but they are actually websites that run via a web browser but skinned to look and act like native apps . Their basic infrastructure is native but the content is web-based.
Hybrid apps look and feel like native apps but they consist of two parts: the back-end code and the downloadable native shell. When you navigate through the app, the native shell loads most of the information from a company’s website. Examples of hybrid apps include Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
The Best Frameworks for Building Hybrid Mobile Apps
Now let’s have a look at the up-to-date hybrid frameworks for mobile app development and discuss their features and functionalities.
Cordova is a well-known open source mobile app development framework created by Nitobi and purchased by Adobe Systems. Using Apache Cordova, mobile app developers can target nearly all phones and tablets on the market because it supports multiple platforms such as Android, iOS, OS X, Windows, Ubuntu, and Blackberry 10.
Xamarin is a platform based on .NET/C# technology which provides tools for building commercial mobile apps for iOS, Android, and Windows. It solves the key problem of native apps – the language barrier between platforms. Developers can use Xamarin to build native apps for a specific platform with native user interfaces and share their code across multiple platforms. Mobile apps built with Xamarin provide an experience exactly like a native app.
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