What is cross-platform development?
Building mobile apps on multiple mobile operating systems with the same reusable code as the base is a crisp way of defining cross-platform apps development.
Let me break it down further with an example. Let’s say you want to build an on-demand taxi- hailing mobile apps like Uber on Android, iOS, and Windows. Traditionally the app development process will happen in silos, meaning the Android, iOS and Windows apps will be developed separately.
A dedicated Android developer or team of developers will build the Android app. Similarly, there will be dedicated developers for iOS and Windows as well. This is because it was not possible to repurpose the code written for one mobile OS for another.
Needless to say, this required enterprises to triple the resources and time to build mobile applications on several platforms. It is not an ideal way of developing mobile apps if you are a business that is short on time and resources.
Cross-platform app development makes it easy and cost-effective for enterprises to build multiple mobile apps on various mobile operating systems. It allows developers to reuse or replicate a substantial part of the code to be used for different mobile OS.
Also, cross-platform app development can also carry forward the exact native experience that each mobile OS is recognized for. In other words, the common code base will not affect the native user experience of Android, iOS or Windows Apps. They will still look and feel the same as if they were developed on native platforms.
Cross-platform development platforms like the ones listed below contribute to the cause.