Why should Startups Go for Cross-platform Mobile Apps?
Native apps or cross-platform app development? Confused, which one to choose for your startup venture? The cost-saving offered by cross-platform app development must be enticing you, but will your app really be compatible with both iOS and Android is a major concern, right? Then, let us tell you that a native-like feel can be achieved through cross-platform app development by adopting Human Interface Guidelines for iOS or Material Design for Android.
Cross-platform app development is not a new one and businesses around the world are turning to this advanced technology which helps them save considerable money and time. According to Statista, 42 per cent of software developers used React Native, a cross-platform app development framework, as the core technology for their apps. Roughly one-third of mobile developers use cross-platform technologies or frameworks; the rest of mobile developers use native tools. The above stats clearly states that enterprises are already engaged in cross-platform application development and technology is a great boon for startups.
In this article, we will be explaining why startups should go for cross-platform application development:
- Cost-effective approach:
The limited budget availability makes it essential for startups to look for a cost-effective approach. Going for a native app development approach can cost you a considerable amount. For an instance, building an iOS app can cost somewhere around 10 thousand dollars and this increases further if you want an Android-compatible app as well. The cumulative cost of the individual approach is too much for startups to bear, which makes cross-platform app development a go-to option for startups.
With cross-platform mobile app development, you not only save the app development cost but also app maintenance costs. Once the application is live, you would need a single team of cross-platform app developers to look after bugs, errors, and regular updates.
2. Lesser time to develop:
Developing an app is a time-consuming process, and when you have to develop it for two different platforms, it will become more cumbersome. Due to the exponential rise in competition and customer requirements, it has become crucial for businesses to race up with time along with keeping up with the technology. This results in setting tight deadlines and puts pressure on the development team.
Due to budget constraints, startups can’t afford to hire more developers. However, with cross-platform mobile app development technology’s one set of the code base, reusable features, plugins and components, time to market can be substantially reduced. Developers can reuse the code which they have written, instead of writing new code every time. When it comes to cross-platform app development as much as 70% of the code can be recycled. Thus, reducing the repetitive tasks, eliminating the frustration caused by menial work and reducing development time.
3. Best approach to launch MVP:
Understanding the expectation of users, collecting data and gaining an understanding of the market is a must before launching the full-fledged application. Jumping into the market with MVP or Minimum Viable Product not only saves your cost but also provides you answers to questions like – What users expect from your app? What are the features they are looking for? Is your target audience returning to the app or it is simply resting like many other apps in their smartphone?
As mentioned above, cross-platform app development saves both time and money and helps you secure the desired spot in the market much earlier.
4. Easier Implementation and Update:
Today, there are a lot of tools available to ease up the development process. There are a lot of really amazing tools for Android and iOS app development. And, unlike the old days, cross-platform mobile app development has also got performance-upgrading tools and framework. Frameworks like React Native, Xamarin and Flutter not only offer a native-like feel but also make it easy for developers to implement codes and make the necessary changes.
Cross-platform applications can be easily integrated into the cloud for hosting services which further offers a smart money-saving opportunity to startups. The applications can also be deployed easily from web servers.
In addition to this, software updates can be performed across all the platforms at once and you need not repeat it for every platform separately. Since cross-platform applications are developed online, rolling out updates is easy and cost-efficient.
5. Supports Third-Party Plugins:
For instance, if a developer wants Google Maps to be added to the application, React Native enables him to connect the plugin with a third-party module. React Native has a very flexible platform that comes with pragmatic interfaces powered by customization options.
Similarly, Flutter offers features like quick rendering and screen reading, and Xamarin comes with benefits like automatic testing on the cloud, supports TVs, wearables and IoT.
Systango and Cross-Platform App Development
We, at Systango, are enthusiastic when it comes to investing our skills in trending app development approach and forefront technologies. We have a dedicated team of cross-platform app developers to provide our clients with a top-notch experience. Systango helps businesses of all types, from startups and small companies to large-scale enterprises to get most of their apps with cross-platform app development. Backed with solid experience, we offer an array of cross-platform app development services such as:
- Cross-platform app development using Xamarin, Ionic, React Native, Flutter and more.
- Cross-platform app support and maintenance for different operating systems.
- Old native mobile app upgrade using cross-platform frameworks
- Clients’ team augmentation by providing a team of cross-platform app developers to hire.
Here are some of the clients we have helped with cross-platform app development:
Weatherman developed an innovative umbrella and to make it one of the prominent products, they needed an application that connects to the umbrella, locates it via Bluetooth tracker, and offers real-time alerts.
We suggested a cross-platform app development approach to the client and used React Native as a core technology for the app. The application features intelligent alerts and intuitive weather forecasts to provide users with an accurate weather report.
Pathways pain relief app is now a new alternative to treating chronic pain and is the first digital tool of its kind that comprises pain relief programs and 100s of meditation that train mind and body away from pain.
Built using the React Native, cross-platform app development framework, the app lets users track the factors that influence pain over time, focus on the pain relief techniques, and offer a modern pain management program. The app integrates audio clips as also allows in-app purchases.
NYC’s premier pickup and delivery laundry service provider, My Online Cleaner is dedicated to quality and convenience. They wanted to build an interactive application for laundry service booking. Getting clean clothes shouldn’t be that difficult.
We employed cross-platform app development technology to build a highly interactive app that boasts of Quick Order function for 1-click ordering, remote laundry monitor, any-time hassle-free booking, secured and advanced payment options.
Get in touch with our team of cross-platform app development experts to discuss your project idea.