Cross-Platform App Development – Flutter & React Native

Create an outstanding app with a team of cross-platform pioneers

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Meet Miquido, a team that led the way into cross-platform app development,

excelling in the most popular frameworks: Flutter and React Native. Working closely with core developers from Google, we crafted one of the first apps ever made in Flutter. Our React Native applications are used by the world-renowned brands, such as Salesforce and Cisco.

Business benefits of cross-platform app development

Lower development costs

Cross-platform is the way to go if you’re looking to reduce the overall cost of your application’s development. All of your apps will be created within one technologically connected team, working with just one codebase. Thanks to that, you’re not going to need two or three teams to create separate apps for Android, iOS, and web. Even though some features might be more complex to develop cross-platform, it can be generally lighter on the project budget.

How is that possible? To grasp the bigger picture here, let’s take a look at some numbers. It is estimated that it can take up to 20% – 50% more time to create a cross-platform feature than to create the same feature natively. However, compared to building both apps separately, 20% to 50% more time spent can still be a winning case for your budget.

Moreover, a large portion of code can be shared and reused between platforms. This means that much more can be saved in the future if you decide to introduce improvements or add some extra features.

Great time-to-market

Having just one team working on the entire project makes the process much smoother and better-synchronized. Instead of writing separate codebases for the Android, web, and iOS apps, developers just need to create a single one that will work for all of them, saving a lot of time. Also, having just one app for all platforms equals less time spent on testing. Thanks to that, the quality assurance procedures are greatly simplified and require less effort.

What is more, thanks to the “hot reload” features in both Flutter and React Native, developers can test their changes and fix bugs on the go. It’s an experiment-friendly solution that helps you bring your app ideas to life and check their results in an instant. This proves very handy, especially during the design phase of the project as well, as it allows you to make quick changes in the app’s design and see the results live in a blink of an eye.

Results? You’ll see your idea live sooner than you expect. Our team will create the prototype of your cross-platform app in 2 weeks, and develop the MVP in just 10 weeks.

Wider audience from the start

Let’s assume you’re just getting started as an app owner. It can be a challenging task to decide which platform to begin with – iOS or Android. Even after profound market research, that choice is always a risk that can cost your business a lot of money. Picking a cross-platform solution at the very beginning allows you to reach a much wider audience from the start, as you can address both markets at the same time and start weighing up the outcomes right away.

Easy to maintain post-launch

App maintenance might be tedious and time-consuming if you decide to go for native app development. This way you will have to search for bugs in both applications and then resolve them individually for each platform. Moreover, developing your cross-platform app further over the years will be easier thanks to the single development team. On the other hand, the post-launch development of two native apps equals dealing with the hassle of synchronising the work of two separate teams.

Consider going for a cross-platform app, if

  • you want to build a uniform app for more than one platform
  • your development budget is limited
  • you wish to enter the market as soon as possible
  • a brand-aware, customised application look is important to you
  • your expectations change and you like to experiment with different app features
  • you have a thing for lively user interface with motion patterns and animation
  • you are considering running your app for desktop or web in the future

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Topline by Abbey Road Studios

The Topline App helps musicians catch and save song ideas on the go. Our team crafted the native iOS app and its version in the Flutter framework, resulting in a breakthrough recording solution that addresses latency issues on mobile and offers a simple, intuitive UX/UI. Our solution was greatly appreciated and featured at the Google I/O conference in May 2018.

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They’re probably one of the easiest vendors I’ve ever worked with in the digital space. They have our best interests in mind. The team went the extra mile in negotiating costs and delivering within a flexible scope. They’re customer focused and strong in terms of development quality.
Dominika Drońska,
Senior Digital Marketing Manager, Abbey Road Studios

Cross-platform development frameworks we use

React Native and Flutter are the two most popular frameworks for building cross-platform apps. Read about their strengths below and decide which one fits the bill for your project.

Flutter

Launched in 2018 by Google, Flutter has been rapidly gaining popularity ever since. Flutter was used to create apps such as Topline, Google Ads, Xianyu by Alibaba, or eBay Motors.

Benefits of Flutter app development

Better application performance

Flutter apps are believed to perform slightly better than the React Native ones. That’s thanks to the fact that they do not require a JavaScript bridge to connect to native components. Also, Flutter apps, although bigger in general, are also typically faster.

Outstanding user interface

Flutter grants your users a brand-driven, unique app experience. You can easily create your own widgets or customise existing ones. If an eye-catching app design is your goal, Flutter strongly supports animation and motion design features.

Scalability advantages

Flutter is easier to scale across different platforms and operating systems, as all UI components remain the same. Thanks to that, you’re less likely to face compatibility issues on different versions of the same OS. Also, apps created with Flutter run smoothly and look exactly the same on older devices as well.

Trending among developers

Flutter applications use Dart language. As Dart is relatively easy to pick up, the community of skilled Flutter developers is constantly expanding and growing in resources available. Also, according to the StackOverflow Survey of 2019, Flutter is one of the most loved frameworks according to the developers.

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React Native

React Native was introduced by Facebook in 2015 – 3 years before Flutter launched. Apps such as Facebook, Instagram, Airbnb, or Soundcloud were built with React Native.

Benefits of React Native app development

Community support

Since its launch in 2015, React Native has gained community support and coverage. You can basically find a solution to any problem you stumble upon. Also, React Native apps are written in JavaScript, which continuously ranks as one of the most popular programming languages in the world.

Web app advantages

Both frameworks offer opportunities to develop a web application. However, if web is the key touchpoint for your business, it’s safe to select React Native here, since it has been around longer. React Native produces a browser application much closer to native developed products and you can debug it with native tools.

Complex features integration

If your application assumes the use of more advanced mechanisms (such as Bluetooth, biometrics, or geolocation), or external integrations (like payments or social media features), React Native would be a safer bet. It has been around for longer and has a much wider spectrum of libraries and support available.

Application size

Cross-platform applications generally take up more space compared to apps built natively. Although Flutter may generally perform slightly better than React Native, it is also bigger. Apps built on React Native take up a lot of space, too, but they are also smaller than Flutter apps.

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