What do you mean by Cross-Platform Functionality?
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Today we are going to discuss the rising demand for Cross-Platform functionality in the community
- What do we mean by Cross-Platform Functionality?
An application that can work across multiple types of platforms or operating environments.
The ability to use a service on your device, irrespective of the platform you are using, is really underrated.
Let me give you my own example.
Being a college student during covid is tough.
The teaching is done in an online medium and we have to upload our assignments to services like Google Classroom.
I use both iOS and Android mobile phones and I often have to switch devices if I want to use certain applications.
Personally, I have to upload tons of paperwork, extract lots of zip files, and such, every day.
And things often become really hectic sometimes, that’s why I like to use ES File Explorer to manage all my files.
Unfortunately, the application is only available on android devices and hence I am forced to transfer all my data from my iOS device to my android device.
Just like ES File Explorer, there are many apps that are available on android but not on iOS and vice-versa.
That is because,
1. Apple iOS applications are written in objective C & Swift.
2. Android phone applications are written in Java & Kotlin.
3. Windows phone applications are written in XML & C#.
Now, let me make one thing very clear, there are many factors that affect the availability of an application on both android and iOS, however Cross-Platform Functionality is also one of them.
- So how does Cross-Platform Functionality help us?
This allows our “app” to work across multiple habitats/platforms.
Not only does this save our time but we also wouldn’t need to write different codes for different platforms.
- So how does Cross-Platform Functionality provides these features?
Well generally, there are two major ways to achieve Cross-Platform Functionality.
1. Native App — Cross Platform Development
With the help of tools like React Native, Xamarin, or NativeScript, we are able to develop applications that still utilize native APIs, which allows for fantastic performance across all platforms, without having to write different codes for each platform.
This results in an application that runs well and often proves to be a great compromise over the time and expense of building a native app.
2. Hybrid Apps — Cross Platform Development
Hybrid development is a level below native cross-platform development because it is not as flexible as the first option.
The process grows like; applications are first coded and then they are rendered on the smartphone inside an app container which is driven by an internal web browser.
In hybrid apps, developers program using native web languages but wrap it in a native wrapper for each operating system, thus rendering it usable across multiple platforms.
Basically painting a blue-colored wall in green color so that it matches the theme of the house.
Here the blue-colored wall is the developer’s native language, the green paint over the blue wall is the native wrapper for a particular operating system, the house theme is the particular operating system.
This can function OK for simple applications but for more complex applications, performance could become an issue.
I would suggest the use of the first method as it is more efficient.
With that being said, Cross-Platform Functionality is growing at a rapid pace and it is very likely that in near future it would become an unwritten rule to make our services or applications multiplatform ready.
This will be it for now…we will cover more ground in future blogs.
Until then take care and stay safe.