The mobile development market is growing at an exceptional rate due to huge consumer mobility and is divided among iOS, Android, Windows and other mobile operating systems. According to IBM research, 75% of mobile development projects fail mainly because of three reasons- project objectives, schedule, and budget. Xamarin's cross-platform application development that was acquired by Microsoft is a great answer to these challenges.
Gartner says, “By 2017, mobile apps will be downloaded more than 268 billion times, generating revenue of more than $77 billion and making apps one of the most popular computing tools for users across the globe.”
Cross-platform mobile development has become significant for modern businesses, as the global market share of mobile platforms is changing at regular intervals. Cross-platform mobile apps can be built in a faster and more cost-efficient way when compared to native mobile apps. Xamarin using C# helps to develop mobile apps easily that operates across multiple platforms. Here we present 5 reasons why Xamarin is the best for cross-platform development.
Easy to learn
To develop Android and iOS apps, it normally requires two separate programming languages, that is, Java and Objective-C respectively, which requires you to understand two different ways of doing the same thing. Whereas, using Xamarin you need to learn only one language i.e C#, which helps to develop apps across multiple mobile operating systems. So, it is easy to learn a single language rather than two different languages for the same process.
Offers native user experience
The popular and preferred solution for any mobile application development is native design. This is where Xamarin comes in, which provides native look and feel to an application. It offers native API, native UI and native performance which Android, iOS, and Windows phone apps use when developed on their platform. Sharing code base among the platforms is easy to accomplish with Xamarin, helping you shorten the development cycle. The shared code base, as well as its libraries with Xamarin cross platform visual studio empowers writing single software for all OS. At the same time, this software offers completely native user experience, behavior and appearance patterns.
Xamarin Test Cloud
Testing plays a key role in software development. Xamarin Test Cloud is a platform which gives access to test an application on multiple real devices in the cloud. It provides the tools and libraries to create automated tests and confirm that the behavior is perfect. This helps to make sure that the application performs efficiently and correctly across different devices with less effort. Xamarin has brought a new feature called Xamarin Test Recorder, which helps a lot in the testing implementation by recording the device touches and transforming them into code.
Simplified Development and Maintenance
Since cross-platform app development abolishes the need for separate apps for different mobile OS, Xamarin also enjoys this benefit and makes maintenance and updates easier. Any changes or updates made to the source file will be applied to all apps that use Xamarin.Forms. This reduces the workforce required to develop apps that function on all existing mobile platforms and also a single team can be able to troubleshoot app performance obstacles after deployment and release. Thus, it significantly reduces time consumption and expenses on maintenance by keeping your apps up to date.
With Xamarin, you can code application logic once and then share it across all mobile operating systems. Thus, there is no need to repeat the same procedure for multiple platforms, which reduces the time required for building a software. Moreover, if there are any issues after-sales maintenance, it needs to be fixed only in one application which is easy to do.
In a world where different mobile platforms exist, a toolset is required which supports multiple platforms with minimal efforts. We get this with Xamarin, king of cross-platform development. Its rich features and resulting benefits allow developers to develop flawless cross-platform native applications.