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Mobile development is significant nowadays, especially with the many mobile devices that have been released.

Companies need to provide a good application available for all those devices and their customers and business partners.

Cross-platform applications are also known as hybrid apps. They can run on multiple platforms such as iOS, Android, Windows Phone, or BlackBerry by using a single codebase written in HTML5 or JavaScript instead of going through the too time-consuming process of modifying an app for each platform. Developers can use several technologies, including Apache Cordova (formerly PhoneGap), React Native, Ionic Framework, Xamarin, and many others, to create them by providing full access to native device APIs, allowing it to deliver an experience from that offered by other apps.

Cross-platform apps are usually tied to a specific operating system. Still, recently cross platform mobile development companies have begun developing universal web applications that can run across multiple platforms without the need for separate native apps. This type of Web app is known as a Progressive Web App or PWA. Like other mobile apps, PWAs offer offline support and notifications while managing data in the background, so they are always available when users click on them.

The process starts by analyzing your business requirements to determine if you require an application built using cross-platform technology or not because many factors drive businesses to adopt cross-platform custom software development. The following list consists of some reasons why corporations, government agencies, and other entities choose this path over native applications:

-           Reduce maintenance costs and time: Developing a native application is expensive and time-consuming because companies need to hire more developers who can write separate code for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and other platforms. Cross-platform development enables them to develop apps with a single team of developers while having access to various features such as push notifications which weren't available in native applications until recently. This makes cross-platform app development suitable for organizations that require rapid prototyping and want to get an app out quickly without investing too much money.

-           Save development resources: Another reason is the fact that businesses have a limited number of developers at their disposal, so they can use these same individuals for developing web apps or other products instead of dedicating all their resources to working on separate native applications for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone that offer different capabilities. Organizations can also hire specialist web app developers who are familiar with various frameworks such as AngularJS, React, Node.js, Ember.js, jQuery Mobile (JQM), and others without worrying about the specific operating system they're running on because they'll be using cross-platform technology regardless of whether it's an Apple device or something else.

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Progressive web apps are the future of mobile app development. They offer all the benefits of native apps without any downsides, and they can be built entirely in HTML5 with JavaScript. In addition, the code is cross-platform, so it works on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and more! It also runs offline, so you don't need an internet connection to use it. And PWAs have push notifications that will keep users engaged and coming back for more!

Geolance has been building progressive web apps since 2015, so we know what it takes to make them work well across multiple platforms. We've worked with companies like Uber and Google Maps to build their PWA platforms from scratch because we understand how important this technology is going forward! So if you want a modern solution to help your business grow, contact us today about our PWA services!

Outsourced product development:

Many companies and agencies outsource their mobile app development because they don't have the necessary in-house resources. Instead, they can hire a mobile app development company specializing in cross-platform technologies. Still, there are also cases when businesses with existing teams of engineers decide to switch from native applications to cross-platform applications as part of an outsourcing program where they send the project offshore, and developers who work on it don't need any knowledge of iOS or Android because they'll be writing code once for all platforms.

As you can see, there are many reasons why choosing this option is beneficial so let's take a look at how it's done and what tools companies use for this purpose.

How it works

The process itself is pretty much the same for native applications. Still, instead of writing separate code sections to run on different platforms, developers use a single codebase converted into multiple versions using tools such as Apache Cordova and PhoneGap. This process takes place in the cloud using online services that use a software development kit (SDK) to upload a project developed using any popular programming language such as JavaScript, Objective-C, Swift, Java, Python, C++, etc. The client doesn't need to have the SDK installed because these services provide everything you need from this tool plus plenty of other valuable features, which you can check out at their website.

This enables cross-platform apps to be developed even by individuals who know only one specific programming language. In addition, some services provide templates that developers can use to write code without prior experience.

Let's look at what these tools do in more detail and how they affect the development process.

Apache Cordova

This framework is an open-source project backed by the Apache Software Foundation, so it doesn't have any proprietary features or licensing fees. Developers mostly use Cordova to write Android and iOS apps using native APIs, so the resulting product will be indistinguishable from applications developed using Java or Objective-C. PhoneGap is also based on this technology. However, instead of providing access to devise capabilities, it uses third-party solutions to create an app that looks like a native one.

Both platforms provide access to essential capabilities such as the accelerometer, camera, compass, file system, geolocation, and notifications (vibration and sound). Still, Cordova has a broader range of plugins you can use for various purposes, such as accessing native features without recompiling your application or integrating third-party SDKs into the codebase. In addition, the source code is available on GitHub so developers can contribute and improve it if necessary. Other open-source projects can also benefit from this tool, including Ionic Framework and Monaca, which we'll discuss later in this article.

Apache Cordova also supports ES2015, which many web developers use these days, so those who've just started using JavaScript and want to create a cross-platform application can get up and running pretty quickly. The latest version of Cordova (we're currently on v7) also supports TypeScript, a superset of JavaScript that comes with many features developers find in languages such as Java, C#, or Objective-C, such as interface definition generics, classes, modules, and more.

What it means for Android & iOS development:

As we already mentioned above, Apache Cordova lets you write the same codebase for Android and iOS once, deploy it to the cloud service provider's servers and convert each file into separate versions of the same app to run on both platforms. In addition, this technology is based on standard web technologies, so anyone who knows HTML, CSS, and JavaScript can contribute to the project or create a plugin that other developers can use.

The development process itself is pretty straightforward - you develop your idea using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files where you have access to all Cordova plugins, so you don't have to write separate code for each platform separately. After finishing the development stage, developers upload it onto a cloud service that converts everything into two versions of an app. They then submit it to Google Play Store and Apple's App Store.

PhoneGap

Before Apache Cordova was released as open-source software back in 2011, Adobe already had a commercial tool called PhoneGap, which used many of its features but came with a few limitations, such as only working on Android devices because it was built on top of the Android Developer Tools. In 2011, Adobe donated the code to Apache, and PhoneGap became a fully-fledged open-source project that works on iOS, Android, Windows 10 Mobile, Firefox OS, Tizen OS, and many others.

In comparison with Cordova, which uses HTML5 as a fundamental building block for creating an app's UI and JavaScript as a programming language for adding its functionalities, PhoneGap is a little bit different - it lets developers create hybrid apps using the WebKit engine instead of rendering everything from scratch, so it's up to them whether they want to use any CSS styles at all or have plain text. But, of course, you can still use any other framework such as Bootstrap or Foundation SASS to style your app's user interface.

PhoneGap is not a free-license project per-se, but you can download and install it for free if you don't plan on building any commercial applications or want to use it only in your internal projects - Apache License 2.0 is also a fully open-source license used by many other notable companies including Google and IBM in their open-source projects so you can be sure no one will do anything shady with the technology itself. On the other hand, Adobe does offer a PhoneGap Build service that lets developers build apps using this technology without installing any development tools or programming languages such as Java or Objective-C on their computers - all they to do is upload HTML, CSS, JavaScript files to the servers and receive the APK or IPA version of their app.

Continuous delivery

Another important thing you should know about Apache Cordova is that it's built on a cross-platform codebase. Hence, once you write your app using JavaScript, CSS, and HTML - everything stays the same throughout the development process. So, for example, if you change a button's colour or font type in one file - it'll instantly appear as such in all other files, so there are no surprises when deploying something to either Google Play Store or Apple App Store, meaning your app will have a consistent user interface across different platforms.

The ability to use the same set of code for Android and iOS is also helpful because developers don't have to maintain two separate projects simultaneously, saving them a lot of time they would otherwise spend coping with different programming languages for developing separate apps.

Developing with Cordova

Creating an app's UI is quite simple - use HTML, JavaScript, and CSS to code it on two different platforms for either Android or iOS. Moreover, developers can reuse styles across all platforms, which means they can easily create a cross-platform product that appears pretty much the same on all devices without writing too many lines of code.

Cordova also offers plugin API, so you can add any functionality using ready-made plugins instead of writing separate pieces of code for each platform separately. In addition, the ability to access various hardware features such as a camera or accelerometer right from your JavaScript or XML files instead of manually opening an app on your device means you get more time to test and debug your code instead of developing the app itself.

In Cordova 5, there are several significant improvements - one of them is an integrated WebView that allows developers to write plugins in Node.js, which makes them work across different platforms, including Tizen OS running on Samsung smart TVs or FireOS running on Amazon's Android-powered devices. Another important addition is the ability to package web apps for Android and iOS, so you can finally deploy your product to Apple App Store without porting it first using XCode IDE.

Many ready-made Cordova templates let you create basic projects without too much effort, including online resources such as Apache Labs' website with various boilerplates containing JavaScript, CSS, and HTML code that you can download and install. In most cases, it usually takes no more than a couple of minutes to create a basic project instead of hours or even days required by other mobile development technologies. Hence, Cordova is also speedy compared to other cross-platform development tools.

The future of Apache Cordova

Considering its ease of use, rapid prototyping abilities, and ability to produce products on a par with native ones - do we need anything else? Well, not really - there are still some minor issues such as bugs in various plugins, which means your app might crash randomly despite working fine on one platform (just like any other open-source project). However, this issue is easily resolved since most bugs get fixed quickly, and the variety of plugins is vast, so no matter what your app requires - you'll undoubtedly be able to find a plugin for Apache Cordova and add it to your project.

Another thing to know about Apache Cordova's future is that it doesn't depend solely on PhoneGap developers but also relies on Apache Software Foundation, which means this technology is here to stay and won't get abandoned anytime soon, even though Adobe Systems (the original creators of PhoneGap) sold their commercial version to another company called Cross-Platform.

In short, we think Cordova is a potent tool with both bright and dark sides compared with other technologies in the mobile development world. But if you pay attention to its strong points and work around its issues, you'll undoubtedly create a stellar product in no time, which will save you money and generate revenue even faster.

Web development

A complex process that involves various technologies to create a responsive, cross-browser product. While creating a website is quite simple with the help of HTML and CSS, it gets even more straightforward once you start using a CMS (Content Management System) such as WordPress or Joomla! - they help you automate many tasks, including those related to content creation and site maintenance.

While it's true that both of these products can be run on different operating systems, their core code isn't compatible with Linux, which is where WINE comes as quite a handy solution for web developers as well as regular users who need to access some Windows-only software from Ubuntu or any other Linux distribution. To put it simply, you won't have trouble running your favourite WordPress site on Linux anymore since you can easily install WINE and run any Windows-based software or website.

As for the future of web development, since many different factors will determine how sites work in the years to come - one thing is sure, though, HTML 6 standard contains over 10k new tags. Hence, web developers have a vast variety of options when designing websites which surely means more interactive content with appealing multimedia presentations.

The future of web development

With so many technologies available today, it's tough to predict what happens in 5-10 years from now regarding web development. Still, we sure hope that all browsers support HTML 6 somehow since this latest standard brought in many essential features that should make life easier for web designers and developers. So the future of web development is bright, at least in terms of new HTML tags - what about other things? Well, it's difficult to say since browser wars will probably continue (IE vs Firefox vs Chrome vs Opera), which means sites might load much faster on some browsers than others due to poor optimization or various bugs.

Web design

Although colours, shapes, and images are the main factors behind any modern website design, many other aspects play an even more significant role, such as user experience or accessibility. This is why web design trends tend to change every year - designers come up with something new, which gets accepted by their peers and ends up on countless websites across the Internet.

While there are many different design styles, we decided to pick three that seem to be evolving throughout this year - you can see these trends on many popular websites like Amazon or Youtube.

One of the biggest web design trends for 2014 is called parallax scrolling. When you scroll down a page, background images move slower than foreground elements (such as text), giving website visitors an excellent 3D-like effect that creates a more exciting presentation for end users.

Another big trend that's been around for some time now is responsive web design which makes it possible to recreate an optimal viewing experience on any device regardless of screen size or platform - your website will look good and work well on desktops, tablets, phones, etc. Again, this is a great way to increase page views and promote brand awareness across the Internet.

Last but not least, we have full-screen backgrounds that look awesome when done right - take a look at our background image that covers the whole browser window and creates a rather interesting effect - this is why full-screen web design is becoming increasingly popular among designers who want to create something truly outstanding for their clients.

Desktop apps

It might be challenging to believe, but some companies still rely on desktop applications instead of web applications or native mobile apps - some of these companies are relatively small. In contrast, others are enormous corporations with hundreds or even thousands of workers. As for the future of desktop applications, it's hard to say since customers are constantly demanding better performance, so there's no time for developers to innovate and come up with totally new solutions.

Nevertheless, this doesn't mean that desktop apps will die soon - take a look at Microsoft Office, that's still extremely popular among businesses worldwide that prefer using traditional software over web-based alternatives.

There is no sign pointing towards the death of traditional desktop applications so if you're planning on creating something impressive shortly, go ahead and develop a Windows program because there is an enormous demand in this market. However, bear in mind that you will also need to hire a team of developers to create such an application which means this is not an affordable solution.

Mobile apps

As opposed to desktop applications, mobile apps are trendy among businesses because many customers want access to company data when they're on the go - take the Uber taxi service as an example since people love using their favourite ridesharing app even when they're out of town. Speaking of Uber, did you know that they initially focused on developing a mobile app for iOS? This was the only platform with enough potential at the time, but today their official app is available for all major operating systems, including Windows Phone and Android.

There's no question about it - if your business has been around for at least a few years, you need to create an official mobile app sooner or later because it's the only way to make your company attractive to potential customers. Remember that iOS and Android are the most popular operating systems on the market, so design them specifically for these two platforms if you want your apps to reach more people.

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Web applications Web apps are one of the best selling points of any business since they let users access specific features or even entire websites. But, at the same time, on the move - take Gmail as an example used by millions daily.

Enterprise System Integration & Microservices While

businesses that operate in the enterprise sector are constantly demanding new and exciting ways of staying competitive; they also want to ensure maximum efficiency, which is where microservices come into play - these tools allow business owners to get rid of old, outdated software and replace it with something modern and more efficient.

As for enterprise systems integration services, this is a process that helps organizations create custom software solutions optimized for their specific needs while also providing extra security features such as data encryption.

We've covered so far: If you're looking for an affordable mobile solution for your business, go ahead and develop a Windows mobile app, but keep in mind that this might not be your best option.

Build High-Quality Hybrid App With us

Suppose you want to go with a more affordable option and build a cross-platform (iOS and Android) application. In that case, we're here to help, and our team of developers specializes in creating unique hybrid apps which can perform many tasks.

ECommerce development

If you're a business owner who wants to take your eCommerce venture to the next level, pick a more advanced platform capable of running a decentralized app. Keep in mind that a blockchain is a potent tool. Hence, if your company deals with many sensitive data from customers worldwide, decentralization is the way to go. This technology ensures maximum security and peace of mind at all times.

Whether you want to develop a custom app or choose one of our ready-made solutions, we will help you. We guarantee 100% satisfaction because we believe that amazing apps can be created by teams that love what they do.

DevOps Design & Engineering

Companies on top of their game offer a wide range of services to help businesses improve their current infrastructure.

For example, some successful companies also provide DevOps solutions to streamline the entire custom app development process so your new custom app can be ready in no time if you're currently working with a limited budget and timeframe. If this is the case, it's time to forget about hiring dozens of developers or wasting money because our team does it all for you - from app design to programming, everything will be done according to your instructions and within the agreed time frame!

Whether you want your business to get ahead of the competition by developing an official mobile app or reaching more customers with decentralized software solutions, hiring the right team of experts will make all the difference.

Therefore, if you want to create mobile apps, outstanding cross-platform or hybrid apps, contact us now and get in touch with our team of experienced developers ready to help you take your business to the next level!

Quality assurance services

Quality is essential if you want to build a strong brand online, but this also applies to software because even the most robust programs will crash now and then.

While most companies tolerate bugs in their business apps, others choose not to invest in quality assurance services for one reason or another.

Developing high-quality applications usually requires hiring extra developers, which can be pretty expensive, especially when compared with QA testing - so how does this process work?

The significant difference between QA testing and mobile application development is that the initial requirements do not bind testers so that they can experiment with your app's functions without restrictions.

Testing teams perform thorough tests on every aspect of your application, including various usage scenarios (navigation, connectivity, etc.), data input and output, responsiveness to user input, and many others.

If we compare this process with car manufacturing, QA testing in software development is the final inspection in a factory where every vehicle has to pass before leaving the production line.

Thus, if you want your business app to be up to par with industry standards, every aspect of the program must be covered so testers can use their experience to determine potential problems before they become an issue for users.

Software testing is usually associated with meeting deadlines. Still, it comes down to quality management, which means that companies invest in this type of activity because they realize how crucial it is for their brand image.

Technology and platform engineering

Running an IT company means building several strong teams, so finding the right people for your business is crucial.

This is especially true for technology and platform engineering because these experts play a significant role in determining the overall productivity of companies that deal with high-tech products or services.

Platform engineers are usually hired by software development teams, product managers, project managers, and platform owners who oversee all processes related to the design and development of new features.

Successful companies know that their apps won't work as intended without reliable platform engineering, so they invest in this aspect instead of simply hiring random staff members with no experience whatsoever - this process saves time, money, and effort!

High end, cost-efficient talent

In the current competitive environment, fast-moving companies don't have time to waste because every missed deadline can result in a loss of revenue or increased expenses.

Most business owners choose reliable IT staffing solutions for their teams because it's the only way to get everything done on time while keeping costs down.

At XB Software, we understand that not everyone has thousands of dollars at their disposal, so our clients benefit from hiring some of the brightest developers on the market without spending too much money on temporary personnel!

On top of this, they also enjoy working with talented programmers who are flexible enough to work during weekends or official holidays if necessary - no need to spend additional cash on overtime!

Cross-platform app development

Efficiently managing time is one of the most critical aspects of software development. Therefore, companies should take advantage of available resources by hiring talent who can work on several projects simultaneously.

At XB Software, our experts are experienced in working with various platforms, including web, mobile, desktop, and game development which means that we can easily support your entire workforce without spending too much money!

Why choose us for your business?

Our goal is to create partnerships that last a lifetime, so we invest in every part of the process, from working with clients on their ideas to providing a walkthrough service for new employees.

Our business model allows developers to work remotely, so they don't have to relocate or commute for hours to attend meetings - this can be extremely useful if you want your employees to spend more time at home with their friends and family!

We also provide affordable rates because our goal is not only building long-term relationships but helping our clients save money along the way!

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