Cross platform or Native Apps

John Radford
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Interested to know what tech stack people are using for building out app based startups and why


Daniel Bruce
Hey, Previously built (and sold) a startup based on a native iOS app, at the time (2014) the cross-platform frameworks were too cumbersome and not performant enough for us. However not having an Android, or web app certainly hurt us in terms of churn among other metrics. Nowadays I would 100% go with a cross-platform framework, most likely React Native. Happy to go into more details if you like?
John Radford
@daniel_bruce2 I'm seeing more and more people opt for cross platform but wondering if there is a ceiling to what can be achieved there in terms of quality and high end UI
Daniel Bruce
@johnradforduk in my experience current cross-platform frameworks are certainly good enough to build a quality product with a high end ui (depending on how you define high end ui) but more importantly even if they weren't it is often not the ui that limits customer acquisition i.e. I would certainly sacrifice some UI for being able to acquire customers across multiple platforms.
Native and cross-platform apps each offer advantages and drawbacks of their own. In the end, the decision to choose either approach depends on the project's requirements and the involved developers' skill levels. Native apps are the best to choose when it comes to user experience and performance. While they are more costly to develop. Cross-platform apps can be created quickly and easily, but it will take more work to provide the same level of user experience on each platform. The majority of startups I've observed begin with cross-platform technology before switching to native when their team size grows.
For native ios and scalable applications, Xcode or Swift is best, My developers used cross-platform to develop my Flyfi application.
Roberto Morais
Launched a few native apps in the past, now We're building our new app using RN. That said everything that is not native have limits, the most important one being a delay to access new features/libraries. So I would say if your app is not based on the new techs like AR or similar that keeps improving constantly I would go with cross platform for a faster go to market. One thing that I'm wondering right now but still didn't have time to try out is how fast (and reliable) these new no-code tools are. Even with clear limits I would go all in for a faster feedback loop. Even if you need to rebuild it after a year because of growth I think it's worth it.
John Radford
@robertomorais I agree. With the startups we advise and do tech for at Borne Digital, we tend to review it on a case by case basis and on what their requirements are. We have been doing some IOT startups recently so have gone native but for more ‘simple’ stuff we use cross platform
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