Native or Xamarin? How to choose the right approach.

When it comes to getting a mobile app developed, people usually find it very confusing to decide between native and multipurpose Xamarin app development. The choice becomes difficult, especially after March 2016, Xamarin is strongly supported by the name of the Microsoft and the entire community around it which certainly makes it worth considering.

Native on the other hand, for illustrative purposes is best imagined as an iOS or Android Developer. Both are effective solutions, but pretty different from one another. Let’s try and find out more about both the options to find a solution to this dilemma.

Before Xamarin was introduced in 2011, there were just two mobile development options, both poles apart in terms of quality and price. Native Windows/ Android/iOSphone development and cross platform development using PhoneGapframework, which allowed for developing mobile solutions in HTML/CSS and JavaScript and reusing 100% of code across platforms. The later solution, which was meant to cut down on the development cost by not paying for two platforms separately, resulted in a significant drop in performance. This quickly made people believe that one should reconsider cross platform and using PhoneGap.

But with arrival and popularity of Xamarin, such beliefs no longer applied to cross-platform.

What is Xamarin?

Xamarin platform is founded on the basis of Mono, an open-source realization of .NET Framework. In simple terms, we can say Xamarin is an effectivetool for translating code written in C# into native codes for popular mobile platforms. On 24 February 2015, Xamarin was acquired by Microsoft, and later on confirmed its inclusion in Visual Studio as an open-source, no extra charge program.

What does this mean?

This means that any software development company with a Microsoft development team now has a Xamarin license as a part of its Visual Studio license, at no extra price. Using Xamarin for development for developing app for various mobile platforms simultaneous means that a client works with one team for all parts of the system. Most importantly, it means code-sharing across apps, as almost 70% of the code running across Windows, iOS and Android can be shared, therefore saving money as well as time.

Sounds wonderful, isn’t it? Especially for enterprise solutions: app logic is coded in C#, bugs are found and fixed, libraries are developed and then updated and the system works constantly well on all platforms.

Overall, choosing between Xamarin and native development depends on a particular project’s performance and functionality requirements. If the Mobile App Development Company Pune has Microsoft and mobile developments, the client should give a detailed description of requirements in order to get great advice that results in most pocket friendly solution for developing a user-friendly and stable app.

If you need an enterprise solution with server-side, website and mobile app, or you wish to port your app to all present mobile platforms, Xamarin is a lot preferred choice and you will possibly see great results.

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