Develop only once and use it in many ways - the great benefit of cross-platform apps

The market for mobile devices and their operating systems is constantly in motion. Anyone looking to be at the cutting edge of app development should rely on established solutions that keep pace with the dynamic rate of development. One example is AngularJS, a Google application framework, and a proven tool used by software specialists at Circlon|dff for developing platform-independent apps that can be used across multiple end devices.

Each of us uses a wide variety of apps every day, sometimes on very different devices - from smartwatches to tablets to smart TVs. If the same app can be used everywhere, this is a real advantage. The look and feel of the app and its operation are the same everywhere, such that users are already familiar with its functions and quickly get the hang of it.

Particularly in mobile data capturing, it is a great advantage if the programs used can run on all the required end devices - from handhelds used by field service staff to desktop computers in the back office. Software architects can respond well to this requirement today, but corresponding frameworks continue to evolve highly dynamically. Only those who stay on the ball keep ahead of the field. The Circlon|dff experts are well aware of this.


Identical apps on different devices

Depending on the task, customers approach the app developers of Circlon|dff with very specific requests and requirements. They are looking for customised solutions for data capturing, processing and visualisation, whereby the most diverse recording and display devices are used depending on the particular industry - covering everything from mobile phones and handheld scanners to tablet and netbook computers through to retina displays. An app that runs on mobile phones today may perhaps be used tomorrow on a tablet. Or the app is also required to run on a notebook, so that decision-makers in the management can view the recorded data for further evaluations and analyses. In such cases, it makes sense to work with a development solution that can be used to implement apps that run on a wide variety of platforms.


Native versus platform-independent apps

Although native apps that are tied to a specific target platform, such as an iPad with a specific iOS version, can access certain hardware and software functions (accelerometer, GPS, camera, microphone), they are never easy to install on Android devices. These apps would have to be constantly developed from scratch for each individual end device, and precisely this is not ideal in the field of mobile data capturing, where it is important to ensure the universal and location-independent use of the collected data.

By contrast, apps that are developed with the well-known web application framework Angular, for example, have the advantage that they can be used on numerous end devices and with different browsers. This universality offers advantages if the apps are to run on different end devices, especially on mobile devices or if a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) strategy is pursued. Users instantly know what to do and can work productively with the app from the word go. Effectiveness increases, the error rate decreases.


AngularJS for all browsers

For these reasons, the software specialists at Circlon|dff use the web application framework AngularJS, which is particularly suited to the requirements of mobile platforms. It supports all modern browsers, avoiding compatibility issues and does not produce a fragmented software landscape in which users have to struggle with different apps. Instead, the solution is always fully integrated, can run on different end devices and is equally easy to use everywhere - whether in the field, in the warehouse or in the back office. Users benefit from always having the same user interface, which is visually and ergonomically optimally integrated in the respective end device.


Universal and thus cost-efficient development

AngularJS is a widely used framework that is subject to ongoing further development, making it future-proof. Many features found in modern smartphones are based on the capabilities Angular offers. Conversely, Angular continues to evolve along with the latest smartphone apps. This future-proof solution thus offers excellent opportunities for putting new functions into practice quickly and cost-effectively.

Anyone who uses state-of-the-art software like Angular, as Circlon|dff does, is always up to date and can cater to most of the requirements exacted by users and cross-OS or platform-independent apps without any major difficulties. Since the apps can be used in a variety of ways and a multitude of end devices can be equipped with just one development, both the overall development costs and the input required for project management are reduced. Needless to say, the experts from Circlon|dff can, if required, also convert the apps developed into native apps, should this be necessary for functional requirements. We are happy to advise you on all aspects regarding your app and application requirements.

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