What are the benefits of Xcode

Why only native apps with Xcode & Android Studio?

In today's post I would like to present and explain why App4Mission only creates native apps with Xcode or Android Studio. In addition, it should also be shown why the additional effort at the beginning is worthwhile. The cross-platform development environments such as Ionic, Xamarin or React Native reduce the effort at the beginning, but in the further course involve a considerable amount of additional effort compared to the apps that were developed with Xcode or Android Studio. In the further course of the article, I will compare the two methods. In my opinion, I will list the most important advantages and disadvantages.

Cross-platform development environments

The cross-platform development environments such as Xamarin, Ionic or React Native offer the possibility of writing source code for iOS and Android. The apps created with it are also native apps. The user interface and operation can hardly be distinguished from native apps that were created with the programming languages ​​Objective-C / Swift or Java. Another advantage of cross-platform apps is that the company's own developers do not necessarily have to be retrained. You can apply your existing know-how to the creation of mobile native apps. Furthermore, only one source code has to be maintained for 2 operating systems (iOS & Android).

These are admittedly very good advantages with a high weight. Now we come to the disadvantages. With so many advantages and so many advantages, you are probably wondering what other disadvantages are there? Yes there are downsides. As the name Crossplatform suggests, all functions must be accommodated in one source code for both iOS and Android operating systems. This means that the lowest common denominator is always sought for all functions. As a result, not all the subtleties of a function are available in iOS or Android. If a function is now to be mapped in detail in iOS or Android, it must be implemented yourself. Another disadvantage is that new functions published by Apple or Google are not immediately available in a cross-platform.

Here are two examples (example 1 / example 2) for an app that was written with a cross-platform development environment.

Native apps with Xcode or Android Studio

Native apps for iPhone or iPad are written with Xcode in the programming languages ​​Objective-C and / or Swift. There are two development environments for the Android operating system. One is Android Studio directly from Google and Eclipse from the Eclipse Foundation. The Java language is used in both development environments, which is used to create the apps for Android. There is also the Kotlin language in Android Studio, which can be mixed with Java there.

With the languages ​​directly from Apple or Google, apps are better coordinated with the iOS or Android operating systems. Another advantage is that the apps are also better in terms of resource use and performance. In addition to better performance and better use of resources, there is longevity. I define longevity in such a way that an app update can sometimes take 1 year or more and the app still runs on the devices with the latest operating system. Another plus point is that new functions and security aspects can already be incorporated during the beta phase of the new operating system. The publication of the new functions and security aspects is then carried out with the release of the operating system.

The development of native apps with Xcode or Android Studio also has disadvantages, which you can hardly believe. A big disadvantage is that a source code has to be written and maintained for Android and iOS. This is followed by the second disadvantage, which means more effort and higher costs for the development compared to a cross-platform development.

Here are two more examples (example 1 / example 2) which were developed with Xcode and Android Studio.