Building Cross-platform Apps with Xamarin

Mobile apps are fast becoming indispensable for businesses, especially those  striving for online success. One of the main reasons for this is the ever increasing number of smartphone users with ready access to fast internet speeds. Organisations that choose to go mobile must create solutions that are easily operatable across multiple platforms, with Android and iOS being the two major ecosystems.

 

Recent statistics indicate the penetration of smartphone usage all over the world and the implications of cross platform mobile development in today’s smartphone dominated scenario. 

 

  • As of 2019, there are 3.3 billion smartphone users across the world, i.e., over 40% of the world’s population.
  • 5.15 billion people – over 65% of the world’s population own a mobile device, either a cell phone or tablet.
  • Android and iOS alone account for over 95% of the smartphone user base. 

 

These numbers are humungous, and what is even more important is the breakneck speed at which these numbers are increasing every day, which establishes an added significance to the development of cross platform apps for effective penetration into untapped markets. 

 

Xamarin is one such popular platform among app development service providers as it is an open-source framework that works across platforms. Xamarin apps and products are used by over 15,000 organizations as of April 2017. Renowned organisations such as Bosch, Siemens, Slack, Pinterest among others use Xamarin apps. Here we look at how the Xamarin platform contributes to this ever growing segment.

 

1. All in one Technology

Xamarin is an all in one technology stack for all platforms and all that the developers have to do is write code in the IDE of their choice.

 

2. Native User Experience 

Xamarin cross platform development allows android app developers to code in C# as it provides native UI access to device oriented hardware as well as operating system oriented software features. This is possible with the native API access that Xamarin cross platform development enables.

 

3. Extensible Platform 

The Xamarin web app store features a multitude of components to customize Xamarin apps, a feature that is welcomed by app development service providers.

 

4. Easy Integration 

Xamarin cross platform development ensures apps have the capability to function as native platforms. Android developers can use the PCL and advanced app architecture to share a single code structure across all platforms. 

 

5. Xamarin Store 

Developers can add custom elements such as web service APIs to the app directly from the IDE from Xamarin’s dedicated component store along with other backend integrations such as Microsoft Azure and Salesforce Parse.

 

6. Xamarin.Forms 

With more than 40 layouts and controls available during runtime, Xamarin.Forms enables android developers to create user interface code using 100% shared C#, thus saving resources and time required to create similar UIs for different operating systems.

 

7. Xamarin Cloud Testing

Facilitates direct detection of bugs in Xamarin web apps on the cloud, which otherwise takes a lot of time to test & assess app performance on multiple devices. 

 

8. Compatibility 

Xamarin cross platform development is compatible with MVC (keeps the logic and presentation layer of an application separate) and MVVM (using same code base for different projects) patterns.

 

9. Plugins? What are they?

Apps built with Xamarin cross platform development have standard UI controls for development without plugins that leads to a brilliant user experience. 

 

10. Reduced Costs 

Using the Xamarin platform for app development overcomes the requirement for investment in different infrastructures for Android, iOS, and Windows. With Xamarin apps, developers need to code just once after which they can be deployed on all major platforms without any additional setup costs.

 

Smart Sight Innovations’ highly skilled Xamarin developers have comprehensive experience in building and deploying cross platform apps that supercharge your business.  

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