The mobile app development platform market has never been more active at the same time confusing. The emergence of cross-platform compatibility gave a sheer number of different devices running different operating systems. As a result, mobile app developers are going all guns to make a mark in the current age of tech revolution. Most of them have started working on various technical projects in order to make their lives easier, where coding expertise is no longer a prerequisite to mobile app development. Proper planning, on the other hand, still definitely is.
Now there are numerous things to consider before choosing a mobile app development platform. However, for this having a quick Google search is an option worth considering. In addition to this, do you what is the most important thing while choosing a platform? It is the proper assessment of your team and skills they possess before making any kind of decisions. The good news is that a lot of development can now be done without writing a single line of code, there’s still going to be a lot of navigation around the tools and services. So don’t forget to learn curve beforehand.
In the following post, you will come across the top four top mobile app development platforms to watch out for 2017.
If you take a look at the overall landscape of mobile app development platform, it comprises of three sectors: native, hybrid and mobile website environments. Native mobile apps are usually developed for platforms that are going to be hosted on and in general written in languages specific to those platforms. For example, for IOS it’s usually Swift or Objective C, Java for Android, C# for a Windows Phone. And since these apps are written in native languages, they’re able to take full advantage of the platform’s ability and features as opposed to an additional step in hybrids where code would need to be interpreted.
Opposed to fixed design like a boat or a plane with limited room for customization, a native app acts more like a non-themed Lego set (Basic Bricks) with which one can build a boat or a plane if you choose to, or anything else instead. The platform is well known for giving up a lot of the control and functionality to the app developers unlike apps created by services that feature limited options.
Everything sounds great when it comes to technology but the moment you think of switching to the cross-development platform, the dream quickly turns into a nightmare. Though there isn’t such way to squeeze your IOS app into a magic box and have it come out as an Android app. And for this reason, in particular, Hybrid app frameworks have started bridging the gap between the performance of native apps and the ease of use of web ones.
Much like the hybrid cloud or hybrid storage or hybrid platforms, hybrid apps came into existence as different people prefer different setups and vendors require to find an easy way to cater everyone without much hassle/duplicate efforts. PhoneGap and Titanium Appcelerator are one of the most popular hybrid mobile app development platforms being used by professionals these days. Both with different approaches and functionalities have the ability to make life a lot simpler if you’re a mobile app developer.
In a layman's language PhoneGap can be considered as a sort of disguises a web app as a native one. Whereas Appcelerator acts as an effective interpreter between a platform and the app. They both excel when it’s about getting the job done. For example, if you are comparing an app building with shooting a movie in three different languages like English, French, and Spanish, think of hybrid apps as your dubbing artists so you don’t have to actually shoot the movie three different times.
A platform/SDK built on AngularJS features high-end integration of services like push notifications and analytics. The platform is based on JQuery mobile and comprises of great UI, debugging capabilities, performance for better results. A unique combination of AngularJS, HTML5,+CSS, and Cordova is used by a well-founded Ionic app development company to access native device functions while offering extensive customization options that anyone would normally expect even from native apps.
Last but certainly not the least is the Facebook’s React Native. And even though native being in the name, it’s got both IOS and Android covered. The platform being open-source can be expected to support a plethora of operating systems. Unlike PhoneGap, Cordova, or Ionic, React Native doesn’t make use of web development languages in a webview or any interpreters. But it employs actual reusable native components that work on both platforms.
Besides, hybrid apps running in a native app environment are usually associated with inefficiency or bugs, less developer productivity, slower time to deployment, React Native aims in changing the perception.
So that’s all for now? Do let us know your most loved mobile application development platforms for 2017 from the below comment box.