Native mobile apps

Why you shouldn't opt for native mobile apps

Native mobile applications are developed in the native software development environment and the operating system of the smartphone. For example, they are programmed in Java for Android or Objective-C/Swift for iOS. The big advantage is the speed and performance of the app. There are also disadvantages to this approach. The price tag of a native app can increase quickly. Since you will frequently want to create the application for multiple platforms, you have to maintain different codebases for each platform and you actually do the work twice in order for everything to run synchronously. This often involves different teams, which ideally have more or less the same schedule.

Fortunately, there is a solution: cross-platform frameworks that ensure that you can develop apps that run smoothly with a single codebase, both on Android-based phones as well as iPhones.

Using cross-platform development apps to develop for any platform

A cross-platform framework can be viewed as an extra layer on top of your codebase. This ensures that a single codebase is still supported by multiple mobile platforms. Economical, as you only need one team working on the app. It is often a lot more difficult to control native hardware and software elements of the mobile phone in this kind of cross-platform project, just think of the microphone and GPS of the device, or the camera and file system. But luckily it is easy to overcome this problem by coding these specific modules natively. With this hybrid approach of cross-platform, augmented with native modules, we ensure that you, as a client with a limited budget, can still have your app made for the most popular platforms, without having to sacrifice any features.

At Experience Lab, we can help you with cross-platform development of mobile applications in frameworks such as React Native, Flutter and NativeScript.