Multi-platform Application Development

Multi-platform Application Development

Posted: 11/16/2022

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Multi-platform development enables development of software products or applications for multiple platforms. It also encompasses software environments or channels such as web, mobile, tablet and kiosks. We have several channels available to access business critical applications. These include mobile, tablets and a variety of options via a web browsers. Supporting each one of these channels becomes challenging if the application is not written or architected while considering target channels. . A variety of users with unique needs and different devices increase maintenance and operational difficulties.

Write code once

Multiplatform applications resolve issues writing “code ones” by supporting multiple platforms. We have several technology choices available including Flutter, React Native, and many other low-code and no-code development frameworks and tools. In this article, we will focus on he benefits of using such frameworks and tools.

Benefits

The following are some of the benefits achieved using the multiplatform application development approach.

Faster Time-to-Market

The frameworks are created with specific parameters that require the author to write code ones that can run on multiple channels. Creating the framework using these parameters speeds up development and deceases maintenance. We spend considerable time developing designs using our human centered design approach to design for different channels. An example includes a mobile display that uses smaller resolution as compared to tablet display.. All of this is considered before embarking on development.

Parallel Launch on Various Channels

This approach will help reach a wider audience as the author is designing for all the channels and platforms like the web, iOS, and Android. This approach requires less effort and time, and reaches millions of users using mobile devices worldwide.
 

Efficient Maintenance

To achieve efficient maintenance, base framework must be kept up to date as different operating systems, especially mobile, are advancing their features and frameworks to meet ever-changing demand. These up-front efforts make maintenance easier and turnaround to address new features faster.
 

Cost Optimization

With the development speed multi-platform development brings, your time-to-market for each platform is shorter than if each app was created from scratch. You do not need to keep a software development team for each platform, which results in considerable cost savings.
 

Challenges

The challenges using multi-platform solutions are dependent on the framework you are using. If the framework is not keeping up with pace of operating systems such as iOS, Android, or web mobile browsers, you may face issues as your application may show problems as the versions are upgraded. For example, if you are using native mobile features and the framework you are using is not supporting features supported in the latest OS, you will see unresponsive or slowness in those features.. Also, multi-platform application development frameworks support plugins. You will need to ensure you maintain the latest plugins or a way to fix them if the provider of plugin is not updating them regularly.

Technologies

Multiple frameworks could be used for multiplatform application development. These include:

  •  Flutter
  •  React Native
  •  Titanium
  •  Xamarin
  •  Native Script
  •  Ionic
  •  Js
  •  PhoneGap

Apart from the above technologies, there is also low-code and no-code development tools such as:

  •  Appian
  •  Mendix
  •  Outsystems
  •  Sisense
  •  Pega
  •  Many others