A Comparative Analysis of Mobile Application Development Approaches

Mobile Application Development Approaches


  • Mohamed Abdal Mohsin Masaad Alsaid Department of Computer Science, University of Khartoum, Khartoum, Sudan
  • Tarig Mohamed Ahmed Department of Computer Science, University of Khartoum, Khartoum, Sudan, Department of Information Technology, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Sadeeq Jan Department of Computer Science & IT, University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Fazal Qudus Khan Department of Information Technology, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Mohammad Department of Computer Science & IT, University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Amjad Ullah Khattak Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar, Pakistan




Mobile Applications,, Native, Cross-platform, Development, Programming


Over the last decade, there has been a significant increase in the development of mobile applications. The performance of the developed applications depends largely on the development approaches. There are two widely used approaches: (1) native, where the application is targeted and developed for a specific platform, (2) crossplatform, where the developed application runs on multiple platforms. This paper aims to address the question of which approach should be used in various scenarios. We have performed a detailed comparison of the two approaches by developing a mobile app using both approaches. Experiments are performed using Android and iOS, the two most well-known mobile Operating System. The criteria of deciding the best approach include performance, usability and support. Our results show that both approaches are viable depending on the requirements and type of the application to be developed, with native having an edge. Guidelines are presented at the end to help the developers in choosing the best approach. The fundamental differences and advantages of each approach are discussed.


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How to Cite

Masaad Alsaid, M. A. M. ., Ahmed, T. M. ., Jan, S. ., Khan, F. Q. ., Mohammad, & Khattak, A. U. . (2021). A Comparative Analysis of Mobile Application Development Approaches: Mobile Application Development Approaches. Proceedings of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences: A. Physical and Computational Sciences, 58(1), 35–45. https://doi.org/10.53560/PPASA(58-1)717