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About Xamarin

Xamarin is a cross-platform app development framework that allows developers to create apps for Android, iOS, and Windows using C# and .NET. With Xamarin, developers can share code across different platforms and use the same APIs and UI controls as they would when developing native apps. Xamarin also includes a feature called Xamarin.Forms, which allows developers to create a single, shared user interface for their apps across all platforms. Xamarin is open-source and is owned by Microsoft.

Where is Xamarin development used for?

Xamarin is commonly used for creating cross-platform mobile applications for iOS, Android and Windows platform. It allows developers to use C# and the .NET framework to create apps that have native performance and user experience on all supported platforms. This makes it a popular choice for businesses and organizations that need to create mobile apps for multiple platforms but want to minimize the development effort and cost. Xamarin can also be used to create games, wearable apps, desktop apps, and even tvOS and watchOS apps. It also allows developers to access native libraries and APIs of the target platform and can use them in the app.

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Short history of Xamarin

Xamarin was founded in 2011 by Nat Friedman and Miguel de Icaza. The company was created with the goal of making it easier for developers to create cross-platform mobile apps using the C# programming language.

In 2013, Xamarin launched a new product called Xamarin.Forms, which, as we mentioned, allows developers to create a single, shared UI for their apps across all mobile platforms. This made it even easier for developers to create cross-platform apps - simply reducing development time and costs.

In 2016, Microsoft announced its intention to acquire Xamarin. The acquisition was completed in the same year, making Xamarin a part of the Microsoft family.

In 2017, Xamarin was fully integrated into the Visual Studio development environment, making it even more accessible to developers.

In 2018, Microsoft released Xamarin.Forms 3.0, which included performance improvements and new features such as the ability to use CSS for styling.

In 2020, Microsoft announced that Xamarin will be included in the latest version of Visual Studio, which makes it even easier for developers to use Xamarin for cross-platform development.

Xamarin is still actively developed by Microsoft, and continues to be widely used by developers to create cross-platform mobile apps. The company continues to improve the platform and add new features and capabilities to make it more powerful and easier to use.

Why choose Xamarin app development

Shared codebase

Native performance

Large developer community

Access to native APIs

Familiar Language

Xamarin.Forms

Support by Microsoft

Reusability

There are several reasons why a developer might choose to use Xamarin for mobile app development:

Shared codebase. Xamarin allows developers to share a significant portion of their code across different platforms, which can save a lot of time and effort when developing apps for multiple platforms.

Native performance. Xamarin apps are compiled to native code, which means they have the same performance as apps developed using platform-specific tools.

Large developer community. Xamarin has a large and active developer community, which means that developers can easily find help and resources online.

Access to native APIs. Xamarin allows developers to access the native APIs of the target platform, which means they can use the full capabilities of the device.

Familiar Language. Xamarin use C# and .NET framework which is a popular language among developers and easy to pick up for those with experience in C#.

Xamarin.Forms. Xamarin has a feature called Xamarin.Forms which allows developers to create a single, shared user interface for their apps across all platforms.

Support by Microsoft. Xamarin is owned by Microsoft, which means it has good support and integration with other Microsoft technologies.

Reusability. Xamarin enables reusability of code across different platforms, reducing the development time and cost.

Xamarin mobile app development services

  • Cross-platform development. Xamarin developers can create apps that run on multiple platforms, including iOS, Android, and Windows, using a single codebase.
  • UI/UX design. Xamarin developers can create a beautiful and user-friendly interface for apps using Xamarin.Forms or platform-specific UI controls.
  • Backend development. Xamarin developers can use the .NET framework to create powerful and scalable backend services for apps.
  • Integration with APIs. Xamarin developers can integrate apps with various APIs, including cloud services, social media platforms, and other third-party services.
  • Testing and quality assurance. Xamarin developers can use various tools to test and ensure the quality of apps, including unit testing, integration testing, and automated testing.
  • Maintenance and updates. Xamarin developers can provide ongoing maintenance and updates for apps, including bug fixing and adding new features.
  • Consulting. Xamarin developers can provide consulting services to help businesses and organizations understand the benefits and limitations of Xamarin and how it can be used to meet their specific needs.
  • Training and Support. Xamarin development services might also include training and support for your team to work with Xamarin and other related technologies.
  • Deployment. Xamarin developers can assist in deploying the apps on different app stores like Google play store, Apple App store, and Microsoft store.
  • Customization. Xamarin developers can customize the app to meet the specific requirements of the client.

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Xamarin projects at Liki

Xamarin projects are typically mobile applications that are built to run on multiple platforms, including iOS, Android, and Windows. Some examples of Xamarin projects include:

  • Business apps. Xamarin is commonly used to create enterprise-level business apps that can run on multiple platforms, such as inventory management systems, sales tracking apps, and customer relationship management (CRM) systems. Check our case study of a customer care app built with Xamarin.
  • Gaming apps. Xamarin can be used to create high-performance gaming apps that run on multiple platforms, using technologies like Unity and Xamarin.Forms.
  • Social media apps. Xamarin can be used to create social media apps that have a native feel and can run on multiple platforms.
  • E-commerce apps. Xamarin can be used to create e-commerce apps that can run on multiple platforms, such as shopping apps and online marketplaces.
  • Educational apps. Xamarin can be used to create educational apps that can run on multiple platforms, such as language-learning apps and educational games.
  • IoT and wearable apps. Xamarin can be used to create apps for Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable devices, such as smart watches, fitness trackers and other IoT devices.
  • Healthcare apps. Xamarin can be used to create healthcare apps that can run on multiple platforms, such as medical record-keeping apps, telemedicine apps, and health tracking apps.

These are some examples of Xamarin projects but the possibilities are endless, as long as the app can run on a mobile device, it can be built using Xamarin.

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