Mobile app developers now use cross platform mobile development tools to develop mobile applications for all major operating systems including Android, BlackBerry, iOS and Windows among others. There are actually many reasons why developers choose these tools to develop their mobile applications. First, cross-platform mobile development tools reduce the skills required for developing mobile applications. This is because these tools only use common programming languages, which mean that one or two developers can develop applications for all operating systems. This is unlike before where several skilled developers were required to develop several apps for each mobile operating system.
Secondly, developers use cross-platform mobile app development tools because they reduce coding. Coding is reduced because the app’s source code is usually written only once and then compiled for all supported operating systems before the app is deployed to those operating systems. Reduced coding and reduced number of developers also means that developing a mobile application using cross platform app development tools reduces the time and the cost of developing a mobile app. In addition, long-term maintenance costs are also reduced when mobile applications are developed using cross-platform mobile app development tools. These tools are also essential because they decrease knowledge of API.
One reason why API knowledge can decrease is that when using cross platform mobile app development tools, a developer does not need to know the Application Program Interface of each operating system, but only needs to know the APIs offered by the cross-platform app development tool they are using. With these tools, it becomes easier to develop applications for all operating systems compared to developing native mobile applications for every operating system. These tools can also help increase market share for a corresponding business and the advantage in this case is to help raise Return on Investment (ROI), especially if the app is developed to be sold on app stores.