Choosing a framework for your next cross-platform app is an important decision. In this post we’ll cover multiple factors to consider when choosing your app development framework and how that should support your business strategy.
What to Consider
Determine the reasons why you may need a cross-platform mobile app:
- Do you want to improve your brand and better position your company in mobile app stores?
- Do you want to make your employees more productive with internal apps that they can use on their tablets or phones?
- Do you want to save the cost of having a dedicated Android and iOS development team and instead have one team that’s able to cover all platforms with a single source code basis?
- Will you have to maintain your app on multiple platforms over a long period of time? Your iOS and Android versions may drift apart in terms of functionality and features because maintaining multiple platforms requires a lot of effort and dedicated experts for iOS and Android. With a cross-platform solution, you can avoid different timelines per platform and reduce maintenance costs.
- Do you need to reduce the amount of duplicate code for multiple platforms such as iOS, Android and Desktop?
- Do you have existing business logic or even a desktop application written in C++ and now want to bring it to mobile?
If you answer yes to just a couple of these questions, you should be considering a cross-platform mobile app strategy.
Let’s dive into the question, what your cross-platform framework should provide:
Successful apps all have one thing in common: a great user experience and smooth animations that give the user a sense of joy.
So to create a modern mobile app, the user interface and the screen transitions need to be animated. Adding animations and prototyping different UIs should be the core strength of your framework. Take Qt Quick (aka QML) as an example – QML was essentially designed and written with this goal in mind.
If you’ve developed native apps for Android or iOS before, you’ll know that getting these animations right is a major time sink. Using a declarative design approach will save you time and money. QML allows you to easily animate any user interface element with dozens of different easing types and gives your app that extra level of polish
(Very) Few Lines of Code
Another benefit of QML is its declarative structure: You can define UIs and animations in less than 20 lines of code and they’ll …read more