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Grow with mobile application frameworks

How to beat the complexity of building apps for different mobile OS, with three major ones holding more than 95% of the smartphone market.

March 14 2014

Cloud computing, mobile devices and the proliferation of multiple platforms and programming languages have made life more complex for software developers.

The three major mobile operating systems hold more than 95% of smartphone market, and more can be expected soon. Knowing this, mobile applications should be developed for most of these operating systems in order to cover as broad as possible market.

Developing only one application that will run on various mobile operating systems is like a dream coming true, and there are numerous mobile frameworks that enable coding in one language and deployment on different platforms.

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Choosing the right framework

Mobile frameworks are made to speed up development process, decrease costs, make maintenance easier and give you more time to focus on user experience.

Whether you are a game developer or a big company, there are many solutions that could fit your needs. Here, we covered just the leading frameworks accepted by millions.

If you prefer C# as programing language to develop your apps, then Xamarin or Unity3D is your choice.

Unity3D is a powerful game development rendering engine. It is fully integrated with a complete set of intuitive tools and rapid workflows to create interactive 3D and 2D games. It comes with easy multiplatform deployment process, thousands of plugins and an active community.

Xamarin delivers high performance compiled code with full access to all native APIs so you can create native apps with device-specific experiences. With this framework, you can use C# to do anything that can be done in Objective-C or Java. It’s really fast and differences between native and Xamarin apps are hardly noticeable.

For more web-based business models, you might find your solution using Cordova, PhoneGap, Sencha or Titanium mobile framework.

Apache Cordova platform is used for building native mobile applications using JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS3. Combined with a UI framework such as jQuery Mobile, Dojo Mobile or Sencha Touch, this allows a smartphone app to be developed with basic knowledge of web programming languages. Apache Cordova is is free under the Open Source license.

Engage your users

Once you have built a cross-platform mobile application and have an imposing number of customers, it is time to engage them. Push notifications are a great way to do that.

Every platform has its own push notifications solution, and it can be really exhausting to implement push on all platforms, covering all desirable functionalities. Using Mobile Framework to develop your app, logical solution is some plugin or component that will provide you cross platform Push notification service.

This is the reason why Infobip is offering you Push notification plugins for various mobile frameworks. Easy-to-integrate plugins are the right choice for multiplatform applications, available for the two biggest mobile operating systems. No additional work is required from you because we have implemented all functionalities for you single solution – geo targeting, segmentation, media push, etc. Find out more on our Push website.

Monetise your applications

For Android applications made with one of the cross-platform development tools, Infobip provides an easy to integrate in-app mobile payment option.

So far, we have developed mobile payment plugins for five major frameworks: Unity, Cordova/PhoneGap, Xamarin, Appcelerator Titanium and Sencha.

Our goal is to give you a solution that will save you time so you can focus on developing your app instead of dealing with integration issues. Single plugin integration enables you one-tap, in-app payments available worldwide. Find more details on our Centili website.