Crosswalk vs Xamarin: What are the differences?
Developers describe Crosswalk as "Replace Android’s default WebView with Crosswalk, a predictable web runtime for developing powerful Android and Cordova apps". Crosswalk is a web runtime for ambitious HTML5 applications. All the features of a modern browser, deep device integration and an API for adding native extensions. On the other hand, Xamarin is detailed as "Create iOS, Android and Mac apps in C#". Xamarin’s Mono-based products enable .NET developers to use their existing code, libraries and tools (including Visual Studio*), as well as skills in .NET and the C# programming language, to create mobile applications for the industry’s most widely-used mobile devices, including Android-based smartphones and tablets, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
Crosswalk and Xamarin can be primarily classified as "Cross-Platform Mobile Development" tools.
Some of the features offered by Crosswalk are:
- Develop around device fragmentation
- Provide a feature rich experience on all Android 4.x devices
- Easily debug with Chrome DevTools
On the other hand, Xamarin provides the following key features:
- Cross-platform development- Thinking about supporting iOS, Android, Mac and Windows? Xamarin allows you to write it all in C#.
- Reuse existing code- Use your favorite .NET libraries in Xamarin apps. Easily use third-party native libraries and frameworks.
- Discover as you type- Explore APIs as you type with code autocompletion.
Crosswalk is an open source tool with 2.17K GitHub stars and 567 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Crosswalk's open source repository on GitHub.