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What are the Positives and Negatives of Cross Platform Mobile Apps Development?

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Laptops, tablets and the latest addition is the Smartphones which have become an integral part of the contemporary lives of people in general. Especially the smartphones are becoming more popular because of the variety of applications available in the market which have made the lives of people very comfortable.  To cater to the rising demands of the swelling number of users with different devices, developers across the globe invented a great solution: cross platform framework as it is difficult to target a single platform for mobile application development. But with the positives there are a few negatives of the platform which you should keep in mind.


  Faster Development:

With the help of cross platform mobile development technologies, the development speed increases to a great level which results in decrease costs. Besides, you can reuse the developed codes as a primary reference for use in other projects on the Android platform. It also acts as a good launching point as demand rises for such allied apps which also saves money.

  Easy Use of the Plugins:

Such cross-platform tools allow you easy access to Plugins that you can use in other tools. You need not write unique code to talk to an Android OS running device’s GPS, instead the centralized set of code will be default modified to interface with other devices also. This includes allowing common links to like APIs, like the devices’ cameras, accelerometers, location sensors, and the likes.

  Simplicity of Use:

The cross development mobile platforms are basically designed for the scripting languages like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, and hence the mobile application developers can easily use them to develop web based applications. So, these tools are very easy for the developers to use.

  Cloud Services:

Cross platform mobile development frameworks also supports cloud services. And hence the developers can easily integrate cloud services to multiple mobile OS platforms as the app will function will operate equally on any platform. That also means you don’t need multiple security methods.


  Not Supported by Updates:

With each additions and updates in the features of the official SDK, the framework also needs to be updated as it will not support the update. That is because the languages being different, the communication gap that is bridged by such frameworks may not support all the platforms.

  Longer Render Time:

The code longer time is rather longer because the developers have to create separate codes for every platform. Besides, it tends to be on the slower side sometimes as the user may not be able to use tools they’re familiar with all the times.

  Inefficient Coding:

Since the developers have to address coding of the targeted platforms and they may not work upon other platform’s native language, the efficiency of the final coding is affected negatively and it may be overstuffed.

  Provisional Tools:

 Such frameworks demand that developers use only the approved tools which are limited to the software. So, such provisional tools are used which also require the user to ignore one’s likings and use something different for which they need be trained afresh.

So, these are some of the positives and the negative of the cross platform mobile application development tools.

Author Bio:

Martin is an expert of android application development in India  and he is also good at supply chain metrics and promotion tactics. His experience in android application development is special, which stems from his work in mobile application development technology.

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