Published On: July 11th, 20248.5 min read

Cross-platform development allows you to utilize the same codebase for an application for different operating systems such as Android, iOS, Windows, and Linux. This is convenient for developers as they don’t have to create different versions for specific platforms from the ground up. Multi-platform development is becoming more popular, especially for mobile applications.

Hiring remote cross-platform developers to handle your project means you will have access to a global talent pool. However, picking freelancers or an outsourcing company out of so many options can be overwhelming. Follow along with this article to find out everything you need to know about cross-platform development, and why Nascenia stands out from the crowd.

Benefits of cross-platform development

Currently, Android and iOS have a significant number of users, which makes it hard to ignore one over the other. So developing cross-device apps for both of them is the ideal solution. Instead of having separate apps and development teams for each operating system, platform-neutral development allows for creating one app that works for both.

Some other benefits are:

  • Reusable code: Cross-platform development means the same code is reusable for multiple platforms. This reduces the workload of developers, ensuring that the development process is shorter and smoother.
  • Reduced cost and resources: Developing a universal app means you do not have to spend time, money, and resources on each platform.
  • Maximize exposure: Since universal apps are compatible with most of the platforms, this increases the chances of exposure for your product.
  • Ease of maintenance: Due to the use of one codebase, change and maintenance can be easily done any changes implemented in the code will take effect for all platforms the product is deployed.

Top cross-platform development Frameworks

Frameworks are basically the tools to develop applications. There are a lot of frameworks out there but a few of them are capable of developing cross-platform applications. We have created a list of the popular frameworks used by apps that everyone, even you commonly use!

React Native

React Native is a framework built with JavaScript and React that is used to develop mobile applications. It allows you to create the UI and UX of an app with the native layout of each platform. 

Its ability to display changes right away makes it a popular framework for developers. It also provides a built-in debugger that makes it convenient for quashing bugs. React Native has a large active community of users so you can find solutions to problems among users easily.

React Native is an open-source tool developed by Meta (Facebook’s parent company) in 2015. It is used to create apps for Facebook, Messenger, Microsoft Office, Xbox Game Pass, and many more.

Flutter

Flutter is another popular framework for hybrid app development built on the Dart language. It lets you create apps for multiple platforms from a single codebase.

Flutter implements changes right away without needing to restart the program. This framework was developed by Google so as such, the framework was built keeping everything in line with Google’s Material Design, a set of Guidelines for developing apps that are optimized for their ecosystem. Flutter relies on its own engine instead of browser technology, making it easier to create and implement widgets.

Released in 2017, this framework is utilized by e-commerce giants and payment gateways of eBay, Google Bay, Alibaba, and more.

NativeScript

Nativescript is an open-source platform that uses JavaScript and TypeScript as its programming language and Angular and Vue.js as its framework. This framework was released in 2014 and has gone through multiple updates ever since.

NativeScrpit is a great framework for small companies and startups for its simplicity. It gives the developers easy access to native iOS and Android APIs. The framework renders UIs native to the platform, making it run directly on them without the use of third-party apps. It also provides users with in-built plugins and templates, removing reliance on third-party software.

This app is utilized by companies such as Infosys Ltd, Blackfriars Insurance Brokers Ltd, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

Ionic

Ionic is an open-source mobile UI toolkit known for its ability to build cross-platform apps with a single codebase. It is built upon Javascript, HTML, and CSS.

Ionic is specialized in designing mobile apps, providing a library of UI components. It uses Cordova and Capacitor plugins to get access to a phone’s camera, flashlight, GPS and audio recorder. 

Ionic was released in 2013. It is used by large companies like EA Games, BBC (Children’s and Educational apps), and T-Mobile.

Kotlin Multiplatform

Kotlin Multiplatform is an open-source framework that allows reusable code writing with the benefits of native features of different platforms. It uses the programming language of the same name, Kotlin.

Kotlin is a great platform for writing code for any platform, whether it be mobile, desktop, or other devices. The codes can also be integrated with platform-specific APIs, getting the benefits of both local and cross-platform development. The codes are easily shareable with all of their features, giving them flexibility between platforms.

This framework has been used by a lot of companies, some of which are NetFlix, Cash App, Forbes, and McDonald’s.

Our Cross-platform services

Cross-Platform Software Consultancy

We offer consultancy services, provided by experienced developers. They can give you all the information you need about the whole process, and how to optimally handle operations to provide you with the most benefits.

You may be unsure as to how to proceed with the operation, or if you think hiring a remote development team will be good for you. Our consultancy services will clear any doubts you may have and provide you with specific information regarding your project.

Enterprise Cross Platform Application development

We handle all sorts of cross-platform development projects, especially business-oriented ones. We will implement everything necessary to make sure your business goals are covered and can be achieved.

A lot of our clients can be worried if the application they are developing will be aligned with their business goals. We will not only create the application according to your specifications, we will also discuss your business goals and make suggestions and changes that can maximize results.

Cross-Platform App Migration

We provide services for migrating your existing platform-specific application to a cross-platform one. You may already have a running version of your app on a specific platform alone and wish to expand territory by releasing it to other platforms. This is very common among mobile applications initially released on either Android or iOS.

We will make your application cross-platform and compatible with other platforms of your choice. We will also implement all the necessary specifications to stay updated with the latest versions of each operating system.

Cross-Platform UI/UX

Our team of experienced UI/UX designers will help create or improve the existing UI and UX for multiple devices and screens. UI and UX are some of the most important aspects of any digital product. It ensures that customers have a smooth experience just by using the app, increasing the retention rate.

Keeping a functioning UX with consistent designs across multiple platforms while considering the unique aspects of each platform can be quite a challenge. Our design team is experienced in designing UX for cross-platform apps which are known for their great functionality. You can rest assured that you will get the best design team for your project.

Support and Maintenance

Even after the project is done, we will help you keep it updated and fix bugs as they arise after launch. We will ensure that the program runs smoothly on all platforms by performing necessary performance optimization solutions and providing customer support post-development.

Every platform goes through multiple updates during its lifetime, which can be difficult to keep up with. We always keep ourselves updated with the latest iterations of technologies relevant to our clients, so you can count on us to be there to support you whenever you need it post-launch.

Hybrid Apps Undertaken By Nascenia

Smyril Line Mobile Application

Smyril-Line hybrid app

Smyril Line is the mobile application developed for Maritime Communications Partner (MCP)- a subsidiary of the Telenor group. This is a cross-platform app that allows both iOS and Android users to create travel plans on ships by providing access to information such as ticket information, destination path, directions, coupons, offers, and anything a traveler may need. It is an essential app for anyone looking to journey onboard the Noröna.

Robi Axiata

my robi app

Robi is one of the largest mobile network operators in Bangladesh. They provide most of their services and offers through their “My Robi” app. This app was developed by us through various user feedback and in-depth user research. It is one of the most popular apps through which users can look for ideal offers and packages. To date, it has received more than 10 million downloads from the PlayStore.

Root2reapp

hybrid development root2reapp

The Root2reapp was developed for QBS as a cross-platform application. It is an e-commerce app through which users can browse through different shops and items and avail available offers. This app is available for both iOS and Android users.

Hybrid software development is becoming a standard among both startups and big companies as it allows them to spread their products on different types of platforms without as much work as was required before. We hope you have a better understanding of cross-platform development and find the right team for your project.

Why Nascenia for Outsourcing Hybrid Software Development

Nascenia has been in the IT industry for over 14 years, providing all kinds of software solutions including hybrid app development as an outsourcing company. Our team consists of both industry veterans and up-and-coming experts who work in tandem with each other to fuse experience and new ideas.

Check out our portfolio and contact us for a free consultation to provide you with the specific details of your cross-platform project. We utilize the Agile development process for all of your projects. This means you will receive weekly updates, and see it gradually develop during the production cycle. As a result, you will have the assurance that the final product will be in line with your vision.

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