Xamarin vs. NativeScript vs. J2ObjC

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What is Xamarin?

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.

What is NativeScript?

NativeScript enables developers to build native apps for iOS, Android and Windows Universal while sharing the application code across the platforms. When building the application UI, developers use our libraries, which abstract the differences between the native platforms.

What is J2ObjC?

J2ObjC is an open-source command-line tool from Google that translates Java code to Objective-C for the iOS (iPhone/iPad) platform. This tool enables Java code to be part of an iOS application's build, as no editing of the generated files is necessary. The goal is to write an app's non-UI code (such as data access, or application logic) in Java, which is then shared by web apps (using GWT), Android apps, and iOS apps.

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Why do developers choose Xamarin?
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Why do developers choose NativeScript?
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Why do developers choose J2ObjC?
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What are the cons of using Xamarin?
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What are the cons of using NativeScript?
No Cons submitted yet for NativeScript
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What are the cons of using J2ObjC?
No Cons submitted yet for J2ObjC
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How much does Xamarin cost?
Xamarin Pricing
How much does NativeScript cost?
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What companies use Xamarin?
99 companies on StackShare use Xamarin
What companies use NativeScript?
16 companies on StackShare use NativeScript
What companies use J2ObjC?
4 companies on StackShare use J2ObjC
What tools integrate with Xamarin?
7 tools on StackShare integrate with Xamarin
What tools integrate with NativeScript?
3 tools on StackShare integrate with NativeScript
What tools integrate with J2ObjC?
2 tools on StackShare integrate with J2ObjC

What are some alternatives to Xamarin, NativeScript, and J2ObjC?

  • React Native - A framework for building native apps with React
  • Ionic - A beautiful front-end framework for developing cross-platform apps with web technologies like Angular and React.
  • Apache Cordova - Platform for building native mobile applications using HTML, CSS and JavaScript
  • PhoneGap - Easilily create mobile apps using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

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