Are Cross-Platform Apps as Fast and Secure as Native Apps?

August 24, 2020

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Many business owners have doubts about cross-platform app development. They are worried about the performance and security of those apps. However, in times of modern cross-platform frameworks these issues are no longer applicable. We explain why.

 

Cross-Platform Apps: Performance

Are cross-platform apps as fast as native ones? Yes, but only when you choose the right tools and frameworks to create them. Frameworks for cross-platform app development are getting better and better every year, and performance issues are those their creators especially want to eliminate:

 1Flutter 

this framework resolves issues frameworks like React Native have. Shortly speaking, cross-platform developers need to build “bridges” so the code could display animations, navigation, etc. Each time the code passes a bridge, there’s a friction in performance. It requires a lot of work to overcome these issues. Fortunately, Flutter invented a programming language called Dart that doesn’t need bridges to access widgets. What is more, Flutter also revolutionized the approach to layouts, which improved performance even more. Cross-platform app development with Flutter connects with the best performance, excellent design and user experience.

2. Ionic 

thanks to switching to web components and improving lazy loading, Ionic apps are really fast now. Ionic is even called a perfect framework for Progressive Web Apps. And these apps should be fast and reliable. App development with Ionic means excellent performance and cost-efficiency.

What is more, while taking care of the app’s performance, we can’t forget about the backend. A solid backend created with the right technologies, like .NET or Node.js, makes your app not only fast, but also reliable and scalable

If you choose the right frontend framework and develop a strong backend, your cross-platform app will be fast and reliable, not giving way to native apps.


Cross-Platform Apps: Security

Business owners often concern about cross-platform apps’ security, but the truth is that developers just need to put more work into making them secure. Unsecurity of cross-platform apps is a myth. 

Cross-platform apps are more vulnerable because they are built with web technologies, and HTML needs a careful approach in terms of security. It’s also a bit easier to steal a cross-platform app’s code. But it can be completely prevented with a few safety measures

There’s a set of precautions that should be taken to make a cross-platform app secure. They are similar to those we take in case of web applications. It’s crucial to select the best technology stack, including the framework. Regular updates are also important, so while choosing a development company, look for the one that ensures updates and maintenance.

Native apps have security issues, too. There are aspects that need special care of in case of native app development. Cross-platform apps are perceived as less secure because there are more aspects to cover.

 

Cross-Platform Apps’ Security and Performance – Summary

Cross-platform development actually brings many benefits to business owners, allowing them to cut time-to-market and create their products cost-efficiently. Myths around the cross-platform approach prevent business owners from taking advantage of that.

To ensure the highest quality of your app, you just need to hire a detail-oriented, reliable and experienced team of developers. They should be able to create a strong back-end for your cross-platform app, making it not only secure but also fast and scalable. Carefully chosen technologies and frameworks for frontend are also crucial. Before hiring a team, talk to the developers, ask what security measures they would apply in your case. Find out if they take the subject seriously. That way you can save time and money, strike two platforms at once and obtain a fast, secure app.

We used a cross-platform approach to create mobile apps for ASAP Technologies. The app provides in-app payments and real-time shipment tracking. We needed to ensure extra security measures and flawless, fast experience. Our team achieved all of that and more, using a cross-platform approach.

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