As the cross platform mobile app development tools are becoming more demanding, the mobile app development company has witnessed a mobile fragmentation which is more significant than the recent wars carry on over the desktop. This situation explains that the cross-platform tools for mobile app development are just not a “one-size-fits-all” solution.
After the long discussion with the experts of the Cross platform development India, here we are sharing the power and robustness of the few cross platform tools (PhoneGap, Appcelerator and Adobe AIR), and discuss its salient pros and cons.
1. PhoneGap / Apache Cordova
Pros of PhoneGap
It allows developers to directly advance their existing skills and additionally reduces training cost.
Usually, it installs like a native application, and are able to leverage app store discoverability.
It follows a plugin architecture, which means that access to the native device APIs can be extended in a modular way.
It is open source and free, so there are no licensing costs for it.
Cons of PhoneGap
The plugin architecture performs only when you have the required plugins. It avoids the requirements for specialized native platform skills.
Pros of Appcelerator
The native UI components have ability to offer a winning performance, as well as the Alloy framework performs to normalize the UI across platforms.
It offers value-adds such as a Backend-as-a-Service (BaaS), app analytics and a marketplace for 3rd party components.
Cons of Appcelerator
There is a need of sure efforts to manage the target platform SDKs locally.
Normalizing the UI across platforms, the team will require to guide on a proprietary technology to enhance skills that are not directly transferable outside Titanium.
3. Adobe AIR
Pros of Adobe AIR
It has an impressive reach on a wide platform of desktop and mobile devices.
Mostly Flash/ActionScript developers prefer applying this IDE tooling for these technologies as its success rate is high.
Cons of Adobe AIR
It is not a long term strategy for mobile development. It is combined with the rapid decline of Flash erodes.