How to Choose The Best Mobile App Development Platform
Are you creating a mobile application for your product or service and don’t know what platform to select? You are not the only one in this confusing situation. With a difficult choice to make, this article can help you through this maze and assist you in selecting the perfect choice for you.
There is no way to name any platform as the best. However, a comparison can definitely help you select the best and most appropriate platform for your product or service. The comparison would not tell pin-point the most suitable platform; rather it would lay out all the features and give YOU the option to make that decision with all your requirements in mind.
A study conducted by IBM of 3000+ CIOs had 75 respondents out of every 100 claiming that mobility is of prime concern in their business strategy. So, what should one be concerned about when adopting a mobile app development platform?
Things you should know before choosing the right mobile app development platform
There are fundamental factors that companies need to bear in mind, when choosing the right mobile application platform.
The Required Support
Most of the smartphones in the market now predominantly either support iOS or Android. They are the front runners when it comes to the type of operating system a smartphone runs on, with Windows Phone and BlackBerry taking the backseat in the market. This should definitely be the first aspect one should adhere to when opting for an efficient platform.
Resources and Tools for Development
It is desirable to avoid platforms which use template based applications in order to offer flexibility, code reusability, and powerful SDKs to augment, improve, and reduce costs in the process of development.
Whether to develop a native, web or hybrid mobile applications also depends on your product/service and the requirements for their accessibility. Although expensive with a relatively longer development timeline, native apps offer a more natural and organic feeling for the users and offer the best performance. With hardly ever requiring a Wi-Fi or internet connection, they offer more in terms of reliability.
Web applications, on the other hand, are only websites, customized to mimic an application. Compared to native apps, a web app is less costly and easier to develop. However, its performance leaves much to be desired. A major benefit, though, is the fact that constant updates can be made without having to rearrange the whole app. This can be done for products that need swift and frequent changes (like on online shopping) and information regarding it needs updating on a regular basis.
Meanwhile, a hybrid app is an amalgamation of the two types of platforms. This platform is hardly used, as HTML5 is not ready yet, and the fact that it is quite hard to track data when traffic is up, is another disadvantage. Hybrids tend to combine the best and worst of both, the natives as well as the web apps.
Be very careful when selecting the type of app you want; based on that alone, you would be able to take the first step towards the selection of a platform. Do your homework, and educate yourself with what is needed so that you do not lose your resources into getting something you don’t want.
About the Author: Waqas Khan Pitafi
Entrepreneur, Founder and CEO — DevBatch (Mobility, Apps), Senior InfoSec Consultant (MS, University of Liverpool)
Originally Published: Right Mobile App Development Platform?