The global Mobile App market is projected to be worth $190 billion in 2020. Apple iOS & Google Android captures bigger pie of the global market share. User base of both platforms is phenomenal.
Android Market share globally is 76.03%
iOS Market share globally is 22.04%
iOS Market share for US is 56%
Android Market share for US is 43.5%
These stats help you to decide about your future App based on target audience. You need to figure out where your App users are going to be and build your App’s presence on iOS & Android Platforms accordingly.
There can be potentially three scenarios.
There are two choices available to develop an App.
Each choice has its own merits and demerits.
Apps are built separately for each operating system. Native Mobile App development involves building Apps for particular mobile operating systems, and users access them from dedicated App stores (such as the App Store or Google Play Store).
Android OS of Google, uses Java or Kotlin programing language for native app development. The Android Development Kit, along with Android SDK, is used in native App development for Android. Java is a very widespread programming language; millions of native Android App developers use it to write their code.
The main benefits of Java programming language in native Android App development are as follows:
User and designer-friendly
iOS by Apple uses Objective-C or Swift as a programming language in native iOS App development. Apple native development comes with the following advantages:
Advantages of Native App Development:
Disadvantages of Native App Development
It is primarily the development of mobile apps that can be used on multiple mobile platforms. Cross-Platform mobile apps which are created for an Apple iPhone will also operate on an Android smartphone. Therefore, a Cross Platform App is a combination of a native and a web App. It is characterized as a website at its center and a native App as its external cover.
The best tools for Cross-Platform App development are: NativeScript, PhoneGap, Apache Cordova, Ionic, React Native, etc. The Apps developed with these tools can then be distributed to Native App stores.
Advantages of Cross-Platform App Development:
Disadvantages of Cross-Platform App Development:
It seems pretty obvious that Native Apps are superior in terms of their performance and user experience.
But at the same time Cross-Platform Apps have their own set of advantages. Some Cross-Platform frameworks do provide native-like performance. Others provide 100% code sharing between platforms.
The choice of Native or Cross-Platform App depends on your use case. If your App doesn't require a lot of native features and performance is not critical then you should choose Cross-Platform. While if you need tailored experience for each platform then you need native.
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