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Why is Xamarin the Best Pick for Mobile Application Development?

Mobile applications are the top tenet of digital transformation. Today, a whopping 88 percent of online mobile minutes are spent on apps. The mobile usage time of millennials is dominated by social, video, communication, and music applications. These statistics alone show just how important mobile apps were in the present scenario.

Companies can make use of technology and bring all elements of their business on a single platform through mobile apps. While there are a number of app development tools in the market, businesses should consider Xamarin mobile application development for cross-platform apps. Based on Microsoft’s tech stack, Xamarin is a relatively new but highly popular tool.

Here is how Xamarin outshines other popular tools for app development:

Hybrid Application Development

Hybrid or cross-platform app development enables the Xamarin mobile application development company to develop a mobile app that is simultaneously compatible with different operating systems, namely Android, Windows, and iOS. Xamarin application development tool features both native as well as cross-platform compatibility.

Cross-platform mobile apps come with a native look and an independent code that is suited for various platforms. Therefore, the developers can reuse the code, allowing the app to get released in no time. Moreover, while during the nascency of the smartphone era, developers only had to target a single OS, nowadays, research shows that the US smartphone consumer market consists of around 47 percent iOS and 52 percent Android users. Xamarin is one of the best cross-platform app development tools. It enables developers to share most of the code across different platforms.

Object-Oriented Language

Xamarin mobile application development makes use of object-oriented language (OOP), named C#. The modern variant of C++ is significantly better than JavaScript and Objective C. It provides a number of benefits to developers and users. Equipped with incredible features like Windows server automation, it executes codes very quickly and can run on multiple operating systems and platforms. The purely object-oriented language enables developers to create maintainable apps with reusable code. Moreover, its automatic garbage collection functionality is helpful in system management. C# also comes with a secure memory backup, thereby resolving the issue of memory leakage that was rather common with C++. Businesses can hire Xamarin developers with experience in native and cross-platform application development.

Fast Development Cycle

Xamarin mobile application development is cross-platform and allows the developers to program in C# and thereafter quickly convert the code into native apps for iOS, Android, and Windows. Additionally, by hiring a well-versed Xamarin development company that offers architectural blueprints and cutting-edge accelerates, the effort required for designing and implementing the mobile app can be considerably reduced.

Xamarin enables businesses to make use of their enterprise’s existing C# programming skills and expertise for delivering Android, iOS, and Windows applications with native performance. The single C# codebase can be used for multiple operating systems and platforms. Usually, anywhere between 60% to 75% of the code is common for Android and iOS. The remaining code can be taken care of by the developers in charge of UX to create truly native user interfaces customized for each system. As the code can be reused, developers can boost the speed of the development cycle.

Low Maintenance and Development Costs

Xamarin mobile application development framework makes use of a single tech stack along with reusable code. Therefore, the Xamarin development company can create an app in significantly less time. The speed of development ensures a faster release of the software. As the whole development process takes place using C# and sVisual Studio, the company only needs a single team to work on the job. This helps eliminate extra costs associated with hiring multiple teams.

Moreover, as Xamarin uses the “write once, run anywhere” principle, the apps are comparatively easier to maintain. If there are any issues with the app, then changing or tweaking the source code on one platform would be enough. The changes would automatically get implemented on the other platforms as well. Moreover, the Xamarin community is highly supportive.

Concluding Thoughts

As evident from above, Xamarin mobile application development platform features some of the most robust and flexible features concerning hybrid mobile apps development. Businesses looking to unlock innovation using Xamarin should hire Xamarin developers who can understand their unique goals and deliver accordingly.

Discussion (2)

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Jeroen de Kok

Solid post!
However, I (personally) strongly disagree with Xamarin being the Best Pick for Mobile Application Development. Had the displeasure of working with Xamarin for about a year, some time ago. It felt like a struggle to get things working and every change took ages to test, everything was just so slow. My colleagues at the time were not happy with Xamarin as well.

For cross platform development my personal pick would be Nativescript or React native. Only if you are really stuck to the .NET framework you should consider Xamarin in my opinion.

Some sources on the internet mention the deprecation of Xamarin in favor of .NET MAUI. Do you have any insights on this? Should you still go with Xamarin for new projects or MAUI?

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Alexander B.K.

Because I know I React, React-Native is the obvious option. But, if I have time to learn, I want to use Flutter too.
Still, Java is on my mind, and Kotlin too for native Android dev. I don't have Mac to learn and try Swift for iOS devices.