Yes of course, if your favor one is specific platform for your app to build ,the conventional way is build it native… It can be either Windows Phone either iOS or Android. However, if you consider all three major platforms for your development then you have to build apps exclusively for three platforms individually. For that you need to have multiple code base, hire a large team of developers for each platform and need to learn all three programming languages separately. So you can see that process delay your project completion.
Finally, this native thing slow down or prevent the innovation of new features since developers are focused more on platform-specific issues rather than developing a new feature.
Another way we can build apps for all across the platforms is “Write-Once-Run-Anywhere” or Hybrid approach, which is very famous for bad user experience and which looks non-native and runs on a web browser kind of thing. Several hybrid Mobile App Frameworks like Apache Cordova, PhoneGap and Titanium etc could help to develop cross-platform apps but these have certain number of serious issues and disadvantages that will make your app useless.
Do you know that, now you don’t have to choose between platforms anymore ? So if your a C# hard-core developer and have a experience on developing Windows Apps so you can move on with the Xamarin. What exactly is Xamarin? It’s a fantastic tool that has done all the work to allow us to be able to write a mobile application in C# and run it on just about any mobile platform. But it’s a little more than just that. Let’s explore more about it with some crafty visuals.
Let’s see why I say Xamarin is best
As you all know the best IDE in this world is Visual Studio. Using Xamarin with Visual Studio or Xamarin Studio you are getting all the advantages of modern and powerful IDEs, which helps to boost a development process and simplify development and support process.
Gives full access to all the native APIs…
Xamarin delivers high performance compiled code with full access to all the native APIs so you can create native apps with device-specific experiences. Anything you can do in Objective-C, Swift or Java, can be done in C# with Xamarin.
Native UI accross all three platforms…
Using Xamarin technology allows you to keep Native UI across all three platforms, therefor preserving Native Performance while enjoying full API coverage, shared codebase and application logic. It also allows for re-using skills, teams, tools and most importantly – the CODE! Needless to say, it saves you time and resources.
Shared code base…
Xamarin is integrated with SDKs of all of the different operating systems. You have the ability to utilize native controls that exist for the iPad, Android or Windows but only coded once. Linked files, conditional compilation, and portable class libraries make it possible for developers to share the code. The ability to reuse 60-80% of the code cuts the development time in half. That obviously saves time money to both customers and service providing companies on the app’s multi-channel distribution. Additionally, a single codebase dramatically reduces costs for support and new features introduction.
Develop for Apple Watch, Android wear and Google Glass…
Xamarin.iOS supports Apple Watch and Xamarin.Android supports Google Glass devices. That is a great opportunity for developers to innovate with Xamarin. By using Xamarin, the Android SDK and GDK, you can leverage the array of Xamarin and Android APIs and also design a great experience for Glass as well as Xamarin iOS Watch Kit API for Apple Watch and Android wear.
Windows Phone and Windows 8 development is native supported by Visual Studio, and Xamarin is not involved here. You can share your code between iOS, Android and Windows using Portable Class Libraries and proper application architecture.
Test on hundred of devices with Xamarin TestCloud…
Xamarin TestCloud allows you to automatically test your iOS and Android apps immediately, on hundreds of devices, offering continuous integration, beautiful reports, test for fragmentation, and object-based UI testing.
Xamarin allows building applications on C# and here are some reasons why C# is good for that: it is a simple, modern, general-purpose, object-oriented programming language. You can leverage all the power of strong typed language, lambda expressions, LINQ, async programming.
So these are my discoveries about why I recommend Xamarin for Cross-Platform development. If your new to Xamarin and your interested in learning Xamarin just follow these references. Happy Coding and Have fun with Xamarin !!!