The New Year has already brought in a slew of software advancements, and it is obvious that tech moguls are already winning big. The Google App store just announced a monumental availability of 3.5 million apps, while iOS reports over $300 million in-app purchases and in-app sales as of New Years Day 2018.
As we continue to usher in new technology at a faster than ever rate, we have realized that mobile applications are no longer a frivolous luxury; they are an integral part of our daily lives.
As more small businesses, enterprises, and even individuals work to establish their presence in the growing market; cross-platform frameworks have emerged easing the development and acceptance of these apps on the multi-market. But, how do you know which framework is best for you?
To help you answer this question, we’ve compared the top list of cross-platform frameworks for enterprise mobile development on the market today.
PhoneGap is one of the most popular cross-platform frameworks for enterprise mobile application development available today. Designed by the experienced Apache Cordova team, this open source distribution promises the quality that we have come to expect from Adobe products.
Although PhoneGap is one of the best options for the development of cross-platform mobile apps due to leveraging on developer experience with existing web languages and technologies, PhoneGap is not the geared towards enterprise mobile applications without emphasis on the phone’s native features. Apps designed to be graphic-intensive may also encounter a lack of performance.
Founded in May 2011, Xamarin is owned and operated by San Francisco, the California-based Microsoft company. The cross-platform framework utilizes a shared C# codebase to develop native iOS and Android enterprise applications.
Xamarin is one of the best in the market and one of the most comfortable hybrid-frameworks to onboard. The app is written and understood, ultimately saving developers time regarding the utilization of teams, tools, and abilities. Because it’s open source, more than 75% of the code can be shared, which reduces developmental costs and market timing.
We love the fact that you can do just about anything in C# that you can accomplish in other techs like Java and Objective-C. However, the downsides include not being able to use all of the open-source libraries available for Android and iOS development due to remaining compatibility issues.
If you want to deploy native apps using just a single code base, then Titanium is the right choice for you. Titanium provides a variety of native application tools for rapid development and easy prototype. Unlike other solutions, Titanium ensures that your code is not wrapped in a web container, providing seamless integration with existing delivery systems, including MDM and SCM. For your convenience, pre-built connectors are also available for MongoDB, Salesforce, MySQL, and MS Azure.
The RhoMobile framework offers a variety of multi-platform development tools geared towards enterprise applications and native mobile. Based on the Rhodes framework, development platform comes with a free Eclipse plugin. This allows developers to generate, develop, debug, and test applications, even without an emulator requirement and secondary hardware.
Besides providing developers with easy access to offline data with RhoConnect and Convertigo, RhoElements also give the developments an Object Relational Mapper. This tool supports features such as automatic data encryption and even automatic synchronization of backend data.
The most critical disadvantages with the RhoMobile framework is the fact that its data is not open source and the RhoElements RFID plugin is not freely available to everyone.
NativeScript resources are not as extensive as we would have hoped. Some developers may find the lack of documentation and feature samples with-holding. Other noted issues include multi-threading, although we are hoping for an improvement in upcoming releases of the product.
While some cross-platform enterprise mobile development frameworks are more resource-packed and expansive then others, the best enterprise solution is going to come down to your development goals, skills, and use case. For best results, talk about options with your developer to find the right solution for you, and don’t hesitate to reach out to community providers and framework developers for assistance.