Be it due to the high cost of alternatives or because of its inherent benefits, cross-platform app development has been flourishing over the last few years with consistent improvements in all metrics. What once used to be mere web applications squeezed into the form of mobile apps, are today on par with native applications with comparable UI/UX, performance, and features. So how did such improvements came about? Well, its simple- the products improved only because the tools and technologies through which they are built improved tremendously.
Basically, if you are looking to create a cross-platform application, you are in luck! There are virtually countless numbers of highly sophisticated tools available on the market along with amply large community support. The only problem is that there are just too many- leading to confusion, especially among the newbies. To help you in that case, here are 5 of the finest in no particular order because when it comes to tools, preferences of developers are often more important than the inherent quality of tool itself.
Xamarin was one of the earliest tools to bridge the gap between different platforms by helping create hybrid applications. And since it has constantly been updated with new features, Xamarin app development still remains one of the top choices for businesses looking for quick and cost-effective solutions to meet full-scale business needs. Also, given that it uses mainly web technologies for creating mobile apps, the skillset to look for in Xamarin developers is quite common and thus can be easily found.
#2. Native Script
If you are comfortable in C# or .NET and wish to exploit their power for creating mobile applications, Monocross is the best option you have got. This open-source, cross-platform framework lends full support for native device APIs to help deploy not just an interactive interface but also native functionalities. However, given the lack of proper documentation, the learning curve for the framework may be a bit steeper than others.