By 2021, the market demand for app development will grow at least 5 times faster than IT capacity to deliver it, predicts Gartner. In the first quarter of 2019, app stores host around 3+ million mobile apps. This number continues to rise and consequently, programming communities look out for new modes to cope up with the mushrooming requirement to build mobile apps.
The cloud-native approach to software development has brought a paradigm shift to how applications scale and self-manage themselves, as the demand surge.
By the end of 2018 Q3, 25 billion have been downloaded from app stores. Considering the popularity and use cases, a mobile app has become an imperative part of a business’s tech-strategy.
Back in 2014, Gartner coined the term “low-code” to recognize platforms that enable users to build custom mobile applications simply by dragging and dropping pre-built features. These tools or platforms does what traditional development approaches (programming languages, libraries, frameworks) do for building an application, but in a fraction of time than the latter.
From static websites to dynamic SPAs, frontend of applications has come a long way. Likewise, developers no more have to write long lines of code repeatedly to create mobile apps for multiple platforms. And in this progression of frontend development, tools, libraries, and frameworks have been the game changer.
With mobile apps becoming an integral part of users’ micro-moments, there is a spike in the number of apps downloaded from the app stores, daily. The rising demand for mobile apps has resulted into introduction of new tools, frameworks, and libraries that can help developers to pick up the pace of development.
Cross platform development toolkits are winning over the developers’ community. Reusable blocks of UI, reactive performance, code usability on multiple platforms are some of the reasons why these cross-platform app development frameworks are gaining grounds. One such sought-after framework for mobile app development is Flutter by Google.
By 2022, consumers are projected to download over 258.2 billion apps to their connected devices, worldwide. | According to Statista
The smartphone market has a duopoly of Android and iOS devices. Thus, to reach out to a wider user-base through mobile apps, it is imperative for businesses to have their apps built for both the platforms. To respond to this app development requirement, cross platform app technologies are becoming more prominent.
Reusable code, faster time-to-market, reduced cost, and native app like performance are some of the prominent reasons behind acceptance of cross-platform app development.
Businesses nowadays are taking advantage of new technologies and models that originate and develop in consumer space, rather than the enterprise IT sector. In effect to this impact, called consumerization, businesses are leveraging mobile apps to reach out to their potential customers and engage with them.