How to Make a Choice Between Native and Cross-Platform App Development

Picking up the right developer and apt processes is not all for guaranteeing the success of your mobile app endeavor. In fact, these factors come much later than building a compliant technology base and arranging for all things conceptually vital to get your project rolling. In this reference, (no matter what business or product idea it is) the most important thing to consider in all situations remains the platform you choose to work with. Be it budget, approach, audience base, quality or reach – how well and to what extent you attain these factors, depend on which development option you choose to go with –native or cross-platform development.

This requires you to closely identify with your development needs and analyze your technical dependencies to make a decisive choice to find yourself the right development platform for your mobile app development endeavor.

Here’s a head-to-head comparison between both the development options to help you make the right decision perfectly serving your needs:

With Native Apps you get

Native Apps offer faster reflexes, reliable functioning and authentic rendering for a high-end intuitive user experience. Also, there’s a certain level of consistency and flexibility in the way native apps respond – as they cover a broader aspect of hardware functionality in a device (including camera, accelerometer, compass, microphone, and touch gestures, etc.)

With Cross-platform Apps you get

Cross-platform app development allows you to go with a common codebase to be applied to multiple platforms (iOS, Android, Windows etc.). With this,you get to address the factors of speed and efficiency when approaching a solution. On top of all, it comes as a highly cost-effective way to get you app developed across all the platforms and allows you with budget-friendly measures for support, sync and updates.

When you should prefer Native App Development

If your business is not dealing with strict budget confines and you look to develop an app referring to best of innate quality marks to work well with the native orientations of devices – native app development is your bet. In terms of functionality, if your app needs to process video, images or audios or needs to work on complex calculations working with a high amount of data (following those intricate processing guidelines), it’s always a better choice to go with a native app. Further, if you are looking to keep your app high-on-security and want it to behave more consistently across different functional factors you should have a native app as your first choice!

When you should prefer Cross-platform App Development

When you are planning to go with a simple business concept to kick-start your idea (or maybe a temporary or a promotional app solution) and need to develop a quick prototype for it – going with cross-platform app development makes the most of the sense. Further, if your app is not going to have enough of user communication and would be least requiring to interact with device hardware/functions for speed and performance you can choose to go with a cross-platform app without second thoughts. Also, if your application demands no hefty media, animation, graphics or other heavy stuff, going with the cross-platform development should remain highly considerable and valid.

Let your situation decide

If you look into a larger picture, not all businesses are sourced well with funds and resources to support their development goals. They can’t dive straight into full-fledged development and need to first consider having a Minimum Viable Product for their app idea to be able to act risk-free and allow themselves enough room for an all-inclusive development. Further, to effectively translate their idea into a concrete solution they need to first be confident with the technology and the approach of development they choose to go with.

If this sounds more like your business, cross-platform app development is for you.

So, if you are one looking to get your initial (or may be limited or experimental) plan rolling, you should opt to go with the quicker ‘one-code-for-all’ approach. And you can take it to native development later when you see things converting and paying you back.

Alternatively, if you are planning to unleash a larger plan, aiming to assure yourself of higher quality and broader reach, it’s native app development you need to plan for. Furthermore, if that’s going to be based on complex features, high-end media resources, advanced functional support and innate platform orientations, it’s always a niftier choice to go with the native.


To be able to reach the right development option you need to determine your preferences and requirements well and compare them with both the platform options – doing a thorough analysis of different development factors and value propositions and identifying the pros and cons from both ends. Doing this right will allow you all the ability and finesse to pick the right mobile app development platform for you.

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