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Mobile App Development in 2021: Native vs. Cross-Platform Development

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@hemendrasinghHemendra Singh

I am Managing Director and co-founder of The NineHertz, a Mobile App Development Company.

Mobile Application technology has become advanced with the increasing demands of the users. Developers are coming up with some new and unique methods to make applications pretty easy and efficient. Mobile
Applications have a significant impact on all types of online businesses and
service providers.

When you are developing a mobile app in 2020, there are several underlying confusions. It is better to discuss it ahead with your clients. Making a fast, interactive, and convenient application costs more than a regular budget. The whole process involves many steps; discuss before you decide on anything for the application.

Discuss the Budget

Budget plays an important role when developing an application or a website. It is essential to keep a few things noted as if you want the mobile app for all platforms or a specific platform. Choosing one can cut down on budget, and if your users increase, you can develop it for all other platforms. 

There are various development types to choose from. We are considering Native and Cross-Platform apps for the market today. They both have unique features, but it is according to your needs. You can also cut down on a lot of money by choosing cross-platform development for both iOS and Android.

Native Mobile Apps Development

Native developers have increased demand in the market all over the world. Native apps are more focused and are faster than others. These applications develop through the same native environment of the operating system. 

Whenever a developer uses the same language in which the operating system is, that app is known as a Native app. With a single language group throughout the application, executing every command becomes very
easy. This, in turn, increases the speed and flexibility of every native app
out there. Because of all these benefits, people choose native apps over any other –

  • An app developed using the native language is more stable. It has a faster performance with the proper execution of everycode and command by the user.
  • The app developed with native code has a longer life. It can easily catch up to many updates and bug fixes before getting replaced with a new code.
  • Native development of apps makes it more flexible and easily scalable on every platform. It is totally up to the user and developer how they want to customize it.
  • With proper permissions, a native app can use in-built features of any Smartphone. It allows you to use its architecture and all the features without restrictions. It is an add on to any mobile app yet only possible with native development.
  • As discussed, the app uses the same language. Likewise, if you make the operating system using Swift-C or any Java Type, the interface is also the same. 

Nevertheless, if you still want to develop the same app for both platforms, the wand is in your hand. In simpler words, make a decision keeping your budget in mind. There is a need to think about it as bugs and fixes will cost you after development. You will have to pay for any misfortunate event; that is why you should always save money for a backup.

Cross-Platform Mobile Apps Development

As per the name, cross-platform apps are easy to fix into various platforms without hassle. There is a huge need for budgeting apps that are easy to use on all types of platforms. An app made with cross-platform development technique has a standard code for all operating systems
reducing the cost. 

Making a mobile app is comfortable with a cross-platform development system, but you will not have the native app's quality. It may have a few bugs and errors that won’t go away sooner or later. These apps run on a shared environment such as Xamarin, and once developed, they are easily accessible by all operating systems. People who are looking for apps on a budget often lookout for a few unique elements. 

Cross platform has it all, and here are those benefits:

  • You don’t need any specialist for the development of cross platform app. It has a pretty easy to use code, and you can hire a newbie to help you out in less amount of money.
  • The code is developed every time you make the app for each OS. However, up to 70% of the code is used in all those platforms, reducing the time taken.
  • Coding again for all the platforms can take much time and resources. To reduce that, cross-platform apps allows you to use the same code for the different platforms by adding other native code into it.

When asked to professionals, it is noted that cross-platform apps are best for small businesses. If you are just getting started, use this development type for your apps. Native apps are better, but they cost more. You cannot reuse code used in native apps, which in turns cost more than a cross-platform app. Take all your requirements into account before choosing the perfect platform for your mobile application.

What to Choose? Native vs. Cross-Platform App

Coming to an end, let’s discuss the advantages that you get from each app development system. Both are great and help you to create an app. However, in-app details vary from every client’s requirement and let’s explore more about them –

Choose Native Development When:

  • You need an app development system that can access all your mobile phone’s resources and services without any cost. Native enables you to use all such features, including a flashlight, camera, and GPS.
  • A responsive application is what you need for better results. So, choose according to the type of audience and service you provide.
  • Internet access is widely available, but there are issues in every corner of the world. To minimize any hassle caused by the internet, make an app that is easy to use offline. However, you cannot add any advertisements to offline apps.
  • There is a need to access built-in features of your phone. A perfect development exists when the app is appropriately using the hardware of your phone. Be it a flashlight or a camera, use native apps to access these features.
  • There is a need for a long-term app for your business. It is for well-settled companies, and you should always look forward to investing in things that last. 

Choose Cross-Platform Development When:

  • It is okay to have a few delays and unresponsiveness at times.
  • You don’t need any animation or high-end graphics for your product or brand.
  • You are already running on a budget, and you are just looking to provide services to your customers. 
  • There is a need to test your ideas before coming to reality. It is the most cost-effective way to experiment with new things.


Whatever you finalize for your application, make sure you have a proper discussion with your IT team. Ask for suggestions or any ideas to put into the same. It will help you come to a better conclusion.


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