Pros and Cons of Cross Platform Mobile App Frameworks

Pros and Cones of Cross Platform Mobile App Frameworks

Mobile app development has become one of the most in-demand profession  these days, as every company wants to have its own app. The growth of mobile platform has forced the companies to think beyond traditional communication mediums. So, in today’s round we will be talking about the pros and cons of cross-platform mobile app framework.

Pros and Cones of Cross Platform Mobile App Frameworks

Having a thought of building  a mobile app for your business is not a challenging task, but actually developing  mobile application can be a challenge. Now there are three major platforms namely Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Another considerable platform would be BlackBerry OS.

Now to make an app for your business you need a developer, app tester and a marketing professional to push your app to the right audience. Now since there are is three major mobile platforms, developing apps for all these platform is a challenging task.

If you don’t want to spend your time creating  app separately for each mobile platform, you can use cross-platform mobile frameworks. Cross-platform frameworks such as Rhodes, PhoneGap and Appcelerator’s Titanium allows you to create apps for multiple platforms without rewriting the code from the scratch.

Even though Cross-platform frameworks are great tools to save your time and resources, they do have some disadvantages. Here, we will be having a look at the pros and cons of cross-platform mobile app frameworks.

Pros of Cross Platform Mobile App Frameworks

Reusable Code and Cost effective – To begin with, the cross-platform mobile app frameworks allows you to limit development time by allowing to write app code in a dynamic programming language such as JavaScript, Ruby and Python etc. This is a better approach than writing your code in Objective -C, Java etc.

A developer only has to write a code for the app once instead of having to write the code for each platform. This would not only save some precious time but can also be cost-effective.

Plugins Support – The cross-platform frameworks like PhoneGap and Appcelerator offers easy access to plugins and modules which can be easily used with other services. It also offers similar APIs for accelerators and location sensors etc.

Supports cloud  and enterprise services – If you are worried about the integration of these tools with enterprise and cloud services, then there is nothing to worry as cross-platform mobile app frameworks allow you to easily integrate with cloud services.

Developer Friendly – These cross-platform mobile frameworks are designed for scripting languages which make it easier for the developer to use with languages like HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Fast Deployment – The developers can easily compile and deploy apps much faster while using the cross-platform frameworks.

Cons of Cross Platform Mobile App Frameworks

Where there are several advantages of cross-platform mobile app frameworks, there are some cons to it as well.

You may have to use framework tools only – Most of the frameworks makes it necessary for the developers to use tools provided by the framework and the developer may  not be able to use his own tools.

Slow Compilation – Even though the cross-platform mobile frameworks are known for their faster complication, at times they can become slow or slower than using native tools.

Problem with keeping up with the latest updates – If Google, Microsoft and Apple have released a new update for its mobile OS, the framework also needs to be updated. Unlike the official SDK’s, here the updating process could be slower or you may not get all the updates.

Inefficient Code – Since the developer is not writing code for each platform using the native tools, the final code could be inefficient on one of the mobile OS platform. The cross-platform mobile app frameworks are the best tools to make cross-platform apps with ease and in cost-effective manner, but only if you can be good with the cons of using these frameworks.  Using cross-platform mobile app framework is the best way to get your app on all major mobile platforms with minimal effort.

So, this was about the pros and cons of cross-platform mobile app frameworks. What’s your thought? Do let us know in the comments.


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