What’s the difference between native app development and cross-platform development?

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August 23, 2021

Native apps, as the name suggests, are used to build apps for a specific platform – iOS or Android – and so the programming language used would differ based on the platform.

For native Android app development, developers program with languages such as Java or Kotlin. For native iOS app development, we have a choice of Swift or Objective-C. As the native apps are written for a specific platform, they are more responsive, faster, and perform better in terms of animations. Native apps are also preferred over cross-platform apps when data protection and security is crucial.

Cross-platform apps, also known as hybrid apps, are coded once and run on multiple platforms. We can use different technologies to develop hybrid apps like React Native, Flutter, Xamarin, and Ionic to code the mobile app, using a browser supported technologies such as Html, CSS, JavaScript. Hybrid apps have their own advantages like a single code base, overall lower development cost, easy maintenance, and faster delivery.

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Written by

Silvija Gustec

Business Development Associate