Xamarin is one of the leading cross-platform mobile app development tools. All though it is a cross-platform tool, it is the only one for native app development. With a C#-shared codebase, developers can use Xamarin tools to create native Android,iOS and Windows apps providing a native user interface and a shared code across multiple platforms. In May 2015 it was found that over 1 million developers used Xamarin products in more than 120 countries around the world. Lately, Xamarin was acquired by Microsoft on the 24th of February, 2016.
Xamarin Studio is a standalone IDE for mobile app development. In addition to a debugger, Xamarin Studio includes code completion in C#, an Android UI builder for creating user interfaces without XML, and integration with Xcode Interface Builder for iOS app design.
Xamarin provides hundreds of simulators for debugging and testing apps in a lifelike environment while still in the app development phase. Xamarin Test Cloud makes it possible to test mobile apps written in any language on real, non-jailbroken devices in a cloud environment. Xamarin Test Cloud uses object-based UI testing to simulate real user interactions.
With Xamarin Insight one can monitor the health of the app while in use in a device. One can watch every crash and which crash affects which user. So the Developer can monitor the app's real-world performance and keep its smooth functioning intact.
Xamarin.Android and Xamarin.iOS make it possible to do native Android, iOS and Windows development in C#, with either Visual Studio or Xamarin Studio. Developers re-use their existing C# code, and share the significant code portions across various device platforms. The Xamarin Platform native approach is best for use in developing apps with a high UI requirement.
Xamarin apps share code across all platforms
Target iOS, Android, Windows and Mac with a single, shared C# codebase. Use the same language, APIs and data structures on every platform.
C# is the best language for mobile app development.
With Xamarin, you write your apps entirely in C#, sharing the same code on iOS, Android, Windows, Mac and more. Anything you can do in Objective-C, Swift or Java, you can do in C#.
Native UI, native API access & native performance.
Xamarin apps are built with standard, native user interface controls. Apps not only look the way the end user expects, they behave that way too. This can’t be achieved with other solutions.
Xamarin eases the use of various device hardware and services like Accelerometer, Geocoding, GPS, Camera, Wireless Network etc. Xamarin also supports the showing of Device and App history, Identity, Location, SMS, Photos/ Media/ Files, Device Id or Call Information related to app-purchasing. Other UX like Animation, Drawing, Fragments, Gestures, Pick an Image are also easily possible using this platform.
With large apps, use of database is necessary. Xamarin provides local device database with SQLite. Xamarin can easily access local SQL lite database using NuGets with PCL and native solutions.
Xamarin provides valuable documents regarding publishing of apps on various platforms. It also supports the publishing of apps on Google Play Store from IDE itself.
With Xamarin one can develop any kind of app possible for platforms like Android, iOS, Windows etc. It can update itself in tandem with the updates that occur for Windows, Android, iOS etc. platforms. Xamarin incorporates new controls and functionality to be in sync with the latest developments.