Xamarin vs. Native apps debate has spawned an endless argument among developers and confounded decision makers around the globe. And it is showing no signs of slowing down in the mobile app development market. Both platforms are either oversold or an under sold in most cases and many entrepreneurs and mobile app developers even fail to make informed decisions.
The purpose of this post is to show the benefits and disadvantages of both Xamarin and Native applications and tell you when to use particular platform. Now, we are discussing about the two contenders in the following way:
Xamarin Platform: It is the most powerful solution for building awesome apps. Using Xamarin you can create native apps for multiple platforms via same IDE, API’s and language. If you are interested in Xamarin platform, then you have to write a code in C#.
Native Platform: Want to build an app for a single platform, then you need to consider Native platform. Native mobile apps are built on Android (Java), iOS (Objective-C or Swift) and Windows (C#, Visual Basic and XAML).
Looking Forward: Xamarin vs. Native Apps
- Xamarin delivers multi-platform mobile apps and target all major platforms like iOS, Android and Windows. There are no discrepancies in functionality between platforms. Beyond that some of the most popular frameworks that are used to create cross-platform mobile apps are PhoneGap, Ionic, Titanium, etc. Whereas Native application doesn’t support all platforms.
- Here winner is Xamarin because it targets all major platforms.
Mobile Apps Development Time:
- Xamarin or Native, which one takes less time while developing mobile apps – it completely depends on how much technologies are required at time of development. Using Xamarin, entrepreneurs can skip the extra development time for each platform. This is also excellent for testing and saving development cost.
- Again winner is Xamarin apps are accessible for wider audiences at lower cost as compared to Native apps.
Performance of an Application:
- If we talk about performance, then Native applications are leading. Some of common challenges of Xamarin/Hybrid apps are: screen transitions are not smooth, buttons are not responding well as compared to native buttons and reaction time is higher.
- In the landscape of performance, Native apps have already won.
- Sometimes, operating systems require specific framework in order to access existing framework such as TouchID, push notification, Bluetooth connections, motion data, GPS data. If Xamarin developers need any one of above framework when creating an application must build a bridge between app and framework – the result will additional cost. In that case, you need to develop Native application.
- Winner is Native platform due to its simplicity.
Conclusion: In the end, we really love Xamarin, but occasionally Native apps are better than cross-platform mobile apps (Xamarin). Therefore, we can’t ignore Native mobile app. Rather than recommending Xamarin or Native apps – enterprises can choose any one as per their business requirements.