How Xamarin Beats PhoneGap & Titanium (Appcelerator)
If you are planning to develop apps for your business, choosing the right platform is critical. With the market fragmented between Android, iOS and Windows, businesses should concentrate on all three platforms or at least Android and iOS, as their target is present on these platforms. Developing apps using native SDKs can add to development cost, and can lead to increased time-to-market, which can affect your business conversions. This is where platforms such as Xamarin, PhoneGap and Appcelerator Titanium offer a cost effective development environment with a quick turnaround time. Xamarin beats the other too in terms of scalability and implementation. Here, we take a look at reasons you should opt for Xamarin development.
Native apps deliver the best user experience as they make best use of the operating system as well as the hardware. With Xamarin you would be able to develop native apps that use device specific APIs. It supports development for Windows, Android and iOS, which together account for 97% of the mobile operating system market. Both PhoneGap and Appcelerator Titaniumon have their shortcomings. PhoneGap doesn’t support native performance, while for Titanium, native codes are converted from web codes. Hence, they quite don’t live up to the native apps user experience derived by developing native apps using Xamarin.
Cross Platform Development
Why reinvent the wheel? This is the concept behind Xamarin’s Component Store as you would be able to choose from a large number of free as well as paid components that include everything from controls to cross-platform libraries thus easing out the app development and reducing the turnaround time. While both PhoneGap and Appcelerator Titanium have their own libraries and repositories for plugins, it doesn’t quite match up to Xamarin.
Xamarin offers you the best testing environment among the three platforms. The XamarinTestCloud allows you to test apps developed for all the three platforms across devices of your choice thus offering continuous integration. The big advantage here is with the fragmented Android market where you will be able to test the app on both entry-level as well as flagship products from leading device makers.
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