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Cross platform app dev lets you create apps that work across multiple operating systems quickly and efficiently. Ensure you're reaching the highest number of mobile users with your product while also supporting lower dev budgets and increased bottom lines.
Whether you're a start-up, SMB, enterprise organization or public or nonprofit agency, Net Solutions has the resources and expertise to provide cross platform app development that works for you. We work with organizations in a wide array of industries, including:
Our dev teams are well-versed in technologies that help drive success and efficiency for cross platform app development projects. That includes, but isn't limited to, frameworks such as:
React Native, which helps accelerate cross platform development so we can pass efficiencies along to our clients.
Xamarin, a robust single technology stack that saves you time and resources while effectively delivering a seamless, reliable and intuitive user experience across platforms.
Flutter, a relatively new addition to the cross-platform development space from Google that drives efficiency and productivity in building high-performing, high-fidelity apps.
Cross platform app development refers to the process of developing an app that will work across multiple platforms and operating systems. Most commonly, this may be developing an app that can be packaged for both Android and Apple devices. However, it can be developed as an app for any cross-channel uses.
Cross platform app dev is in contrast to native app dev, which occurs when you're creating an app specifically for Android, iOS or another operating system. When developing native apps, programmers use specific codes. Android calls for using Kotlin, Java or C++ and iOS calls for using Swift or Objective-C. Products developed in these various languages aren't ready to deploy on the other systems.
Developing cross platform mobile apps allows you to provide your app to the highest number of users and not alienate any section of your user base or target audience. Mobile device shares by operating system as of 2021 broke down roughly as:
As you can see, by developing a mobile app that works on both Android and iOS, you can essentially cover all mobile device users. If your app doesn't work on iOS, you're leaving out a quarter or more of potential users, depending on the preferences of your target audience. And ignoring Android leads to an even larger missed opportunity for most companies.
You could obviously develop an iOS app and then develop an Android app — or vice versa. It's also an option to develop both apps separately but in tandem. But all of these choices mean more work, expense and time. Turning to cross platform app development processes instead of individual app dev options may help save you time and money, getting apps to market faster and within a more feasible budget for your organization.
However, cross platform app development has a few challenges. It requires more complicated code because you're combining components native to each platform as well as non-native components that can be made to work on each. These types of apps also don't support all native-only features, including certain 3D effects or animations, limiting some design and customer experience elements to what works across all platforms involved. Update challenges can also occur because a cross platform app has to be separately updated when Apple or Google makes updates to platforms — native iOS and Android apps tend to be updated automatically.
Because of these potential obstacles, it may be better to develop some apps separately via native app dev services. Whether or not cross platform app development is right for your project is something you'll need to consider with your dev team, but this process typically works best for projects that don't require extremely advanced design elements, have large data processing needs or require access to platform-specific features.
Cross platform app development costs depend on a variety of factors, including the project’s complexity, types of integrations you need, how many platforms you want to develop for, and what type of dev team you're working with.
In some cases, cross platform app dev costs are lower than other forms of app dev, and certainly it's usually less expensive to develop an app that works on multiple platforms all at once instead of developing apps for each platform individually. Cross platform app dev is based on a single code that can be reused, which is faster and takes less effort for quality testing.
Starting prices for cross platform app dev projects can range on average from $15,000 to $25,000 or more, though some apps may cost much more and the simplest apps may come in under that range. On the high end for a complex flagship app, you might be looking at $500,000 or more.
The only way to understand the costs of your specific cross platform app project is to get an estimate. Reach out to Net Solutions today and provide us with a little information about what you want to accomplish with your app. Our team can help you understand the options you have and the potential costs of each.
The cross platform app development process works like most app dev processes:
Cross platform app development is often faster than native app development — and is certainly faster than developing individual apps for each platform you want to appear on. However, the exact timeline of your project depends on factors such as your app’s complexity and how many platforms you want to deploy on.
An average time to market for apps is between four and six months. The simplest apps may be completed in weeks rather than months, and the most complex apps might take more time to develop. To understand potential timelines related to your specific app development project, reach out to Net Solutions today. Our teams can work with you to provide various options and help you understand the length of each so you can make an educated decision about your app dev project.
Choosing the right cross platform app dev company is important to ensuring your project’s success. Look for a company with experience in cross app dev as well as experience working with companies in your industry and of your type and size. The needs of a small business or startup are often different from those of an enterprise or nonprofit, for example, and common challenges in creating apps for retail organizations differ from those related to creating apps for healthcare companies.
Ask questions about the dev firm's cross app development experiencing, including what platforms they work with, what problems they've been able to solve, and whether they offer full-scope services to move your project from strategy all the way to implementation.
You may also want to ask about post-implementation services and support. What options does the partner offer for modifications once an app is launched and will they help you get the app into app stores?
Most app platforms have built-in security, and that's definitely true for both iOS and Android. For example, Android apps are held on their own virtual machines, which means code and functions from each app in the app store never interact. That helps increase the security for each.
At Net Solutions, we work to provide even more security, ensuring your app data is secure from the start of your project through implementation and beyond. That includes using DevSecOps procedures to build security into the app development frameworks we use.
Yes. Net Solutions offers app dev service packages that include ongoing support for your products.
"Owning" source code is a bit of a misnomer and can be a complicated consideration. In many cases, app dev works based on open source code, which is shared code made available for use by any developers. This code can be used as the building blocks for app dev to help increase efficiencies and reduce time to market.
However, Net Solutions doesn't hide your code from you or make it difficult to access or carry over to other services. Learn more about our relationship with our partners and how we support you, including transparent access to your code, by reaching out to us about your potential project.
Net Solutions has a deep understanding of advanced cross platform app frameworks and offers a complete spectrum of development services. That includes strategic ideation, app engineering, optimization, testing and support and maintenance. We ensure to meet your business goals through an exceptional product experience that delights your users and bolsters your bottom line.