7 Powerful ways to develop Mobile Apps quickly with Xamarin
The world of Mobile applications is changing our lives in a major way. Enterprises as well as their customers are opting for mobile apps to automate their work life in order to make their lives easier. However, in this fast-growing technology environment, developing mobile apps to keep up with the growing demands can only be achieved with the right set of tools and a right approach. In addition, longer development cycles for mobile apps in comparison to customary web applications are a major concern for businesses.
Luckily, Xamarin is one such development platform that can help get that speed-edge when it comes to develop, test and release mobile applications quickly across iOS, Android and Windows. Here are few big ways to accelerate the mobile app development timeline using Xamarin.
Consider Cross-platform Mobile App Solutions
Native mobile apps are objectively better than other approaches but they come with heavy development overheads for multi-platform development. Xamarin is designed from the ground up to aggressively share code across platforms for native apps. As much as 75% of source code can be shared across iOS, Android and Windows, enabling faster time-to-market across various cross-platform apps.
Adopt lean development approach
Lean, as a type of Agile development, is a popular and effective approach in mobile development. The principles of Lean software development relate to efficiency, built-in quality, deferred-commitment, rapid delivery and holistic optimisation, which are a part of Xamarin’s feature list.
Use in-built UI frames and controls
Instead of jumping directly into developing mobile apps for iOS, Android and Windows independently, Enterprises can leverage Xamarin to deploy these apps at the same time. They can take advantage of Xamarin forms to share up to 100% code across iOS, Android & Windows and improve time-to-market. The platform offers various in-built UI frames and pages with over 40 cross-platform layouts and controls to be used, thus reducing the development time. These ready-to-use layouts & controls include gesture support, lists, labels, buttons and some other common controls. Xamarin consultants use these specific controls to share the backend C# code across platforms in order to quickly build fully native mobile apps.
Choose powerful mBaaS for backend functionalities
Most of the businesses developing mobile app are essentially reinventing the wheel with business-critical functions such as data synchronization with cloud, offline/online set-up, social media integration, analytics platform and third-party applications use taking up valuable development resources. These core functionalities can be managed through a strong mobile backend system (mBaaS) such as Azure Mobile Apps Service. In addition, Xamarin allows smooth integration with Azure mBaaS allowing an enterprise to focus more on the core value-proposition tasks such as improving the user experience and efficiency.
Adopt Peerless Testing Features with Xamarin TestCloud
With so many platforms and a steady increase in the number of mobile users, testing cloud-based mobile apps for consistency and robustness can be a real nightmare. Xamarin TestCloud, readily available for Xamarin users, facilitates to rapidly and easily test apps while allowing to interact with multiple mobile devices at the same time. Hence, reducing the time & cost efforts in testing the apps in turn reducing the time-to-market.
Outsource Non-core development features
Developing native UIs individually for each platform such as for iOS and Android is a challenging task to deal with. Xamarin platform makes this simple through in-built UIs that can be shared across multi-platforms. However, developers can leverage Xamarin.Forms to use in-built native UIs and accelerate development time. Enterprises can also outsource the development project to an experienced Xamarin consulting Partner such as Saviant Consulting, whose tested expertise in the field of app development can help develop apps faster and cost efficiently.
Acquisition of Xamarin by Microsoft compliments the Right Horse to Back
Since Xamarin has been acquired by Microsoft, Enterprises can now leverage Xamarin, Azure and Visual studio together to deploy game-changing mobile solutions rapidly at a single go. Xamarin plus Azure-as-a-backend system offers greater security & stability for enterprise-grade apps, thus becoming a more sophisticated development platform.
Therefore, choosing Xamarin as a cross-platform or native development tool is one of the lowest-risk decisions any Enterprise can take. Mobile apps for iOS, Windows and Android are prevalent in each and every industrial sector viz., manufacturing, food, logistics, media, automotive, entertainment and more. As an instructive example, check out how a leading global Telecom network provider optimizes its field-mobility operations at real-time with a Cloud-driven Enterprise Mobility Solution. Enterprises are opting to go mobile with Xamarin and strategically managing their mobile app development to quickly ingress into the app market.