All for One and One for All!
All development for one and one app for all platforms. When it comes to mobile, this is a great slogan for "The Three Engineers"! Modern cross-platform technologies, like Xamarin and React Native, allow Emergent Software's mobile development team to create a single app that can be used across both iOS and Android platforms, making our cross-platform approach perfect for projects where cost and ease of maintenance are high priorities.
If performance is a major consideration for your app, it may be worth the extra investment to develop separate apps for each target platform. True native apps make use of each device’s native features at the hardware level which can lead to improved performance over cross-platform mobile apps. Native development can also provide more fine-tune control over the UI/UX for each platform. When choosing this route, we recommend using the latest os-supported native languages for the two biggest platforms: Swift for iOS and Kotlin for Android.
What’s an App?
In a world of increased connectivity, mobile-friendly web applications serve very well as mobile apps. Even many features of the phone (location, camera, GPS, etc.) can now be used by browser-based applications. Now with progressive mobile apps, browser-based web applications can run offline and sync data with the server when connections are re-established!
If you’re not sure of your mobile user base, a web app is a great way to start—build one application for ALL platforms and deploy updates with ease. Even if you end up wanting to publish your app to the app stores, they can be published as hybrid-HTML5 apps without too much difficulty.
What's the right mobile strategy for you?
If you're surprised by the variety of options available when it comes to mobile app development, you've come to the right place. Emergent's team of mobile and web app developers have the broad experience needed to help you make critical mobile strategy decisions upfront and deliver an app that works perfectly for your unique situation.