Today, millions of apps are available on Google Play and Appstore, targeting approximately 14 billion mobile phones globally. If you are involved in mobile application development, one of the most important decisions you make is whether to choose between cross-platform mobile development or native mobile application development. Traditionally, mobile apps have been written in native languages.
Native apps are produced for specific platforms, such as Android, iOS, or any Windows phone. As part of native app development, apps follow various platform-specific guidelines and have access to all the services and features offered by the device and its operating system, such as geolocation, database local data, push notifications or the camera. You can build native apps for smart TVs, desktops, and all kinds of gadgets, but the most successful target devices are smartphones.
Many people today still choose traditional native mobile app development as the most reliable way to go. The main reason for this is its sturdiness and performance advantages over other options like hybrid etc.
Why should you focus more and devote your efforts to developing a native application? The reason is that native mobile app development provides unparalleled user experience among all mobile apps and delivers excellent performance. In this article, we will discuss in more detail how native mobile app development can meet your specific business requirements, the pros and cons of native mobile app development, its impact on the business, and its opposition to the development of hybrid and Web applications. Finally, provide you with the details and facts that are worth understanding before making a decision one way or another.
What is Native Mobile App Development?
Native mobile app development is the traditional way of creating apps for each mobile operating system, using different languages and taking into account the features of each platform. Native mobile apps are developed and tailored especially for specific mobile operating systems i.e. iOS, Android or Windows.
This type of development uses programming languages and tools defined for the operating system and the device. Specific APIs and tools are used to facilitate all kinds of functionality in the application. Google, Microsoft, Apple, and other vendors provide specific tools, SDKs, and other interface components for their platforms.
For Android applications, you can use languages such as Kotlin, Java or C++, environments such as Eclipse or Android Studio, including Android SDK, Mockplus and other additional tools.
For iOS solutions, you can use programming languages such as Swift or Objective-C, frameworks such as AppCode, XCode including Cocoa Touch, iOS SDK, and other tools.
To create Windows Phone applications, you can use C++ or C#, environment – Microsoft Visual Studio and Silverlight SDK, Windows Phone SDK, with other additional tools.