Mobile application development isn’t an easy task. However, if the right tools are chosen, it can be simplified to a certain level. The selection of a suitable framework is one of the key factors in the success of the app development process. However, there are a number of frameworks available in the market, as mentioned below:
- React Native
- JQuery Mobile
- Intel XDK
- Mobile Angular UI
- Appcelerator Titanium
All of these frameworks support different features and may not meet your specific business requirements. So, to choose the right framework, you will have to consider some parameters like your target audience, platform- Native or cross-platform, speed of development, etc. This article will guide you through such factors for choosing the appropriate mobile app development framework.
Points to remember while choosing a mobile app development framework
a) Platform- Native or Cross-Platform:
You first need to decide the platform for your app- whether Native or Cross-platform. Native apps will provide optimum performance, better user-experience, higher technical aspects, etc. However, they function only on a single platform. Comparatively, cross-platform apps can function on multiple platforms but they have restricted functionality. If you want to reach a wider audience at once and have a low-budget, it is good to choose a framework that supports app development for multiple platforms. On the other hand, if you want to develop a high-quality app on Native platforms like Android or iOS, choose the frameworks accordingly.
For example, React Native, Ionic, Xamarin, PhoneGap, etc. are used for cross-platform app development. UIKit, StoreKit, CLLocation, MapKit, AVFoundation, UserNotifications, CoreData, etc. are iOS frameworks for Native iOS application development.
b) Monetary constraints:
Depending on your budget, you can choose a free or a paid version of the frameworks. In free versions, there are limited features available. Yet, some of the free versions of frameworks allow building several types of apps like mapping and navigational, social media, gaming apps, etc. However, if you want to develop a feature-packed app that has good compatibility, go for Native app development and the framework that supports it.
Security is of utmost importance today as data is the biggest asset. Native apps are comparatively secure while cross-platform apps have security issues as adding layers of security requires time and money. Depending on your security requirements, you can decide Native or cross-platform and then the framework accordingly.
d) Feature support:
What features do you want to embed in your app? Make a list of the features you want to use while the mobile app development process and then select the framework that supports the required features.
If you want to release your app at the earliest in the market, you should prefer the framework which is easier to work with and supports the fast development of apps.
The latest frameworks allow updating of a number of features in them. However, old frameworks do not allow updating of the features and so, becoming out-dated gradually. To develop a highly-competitive app, it is wise to go for the new-age frameworks which continually update themselves with advanced features and functionalities.
There are a number of frameworks available in the market for mobile application development. However, every framework contains different features and functionalities. So, ensure that you decide your target audience, business needs, etc. factors and consider all the above-mentioned points before choosing the framework.
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