Xamarin vs. NativeScript vs. JUniversal



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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 JUniversal?

The vision of JUniversal came from some guys at Nokia who possess considerable expertise both in Java and in building cross-platform apps. They built this tool to provide an elegant way to translate source code and make it useful across multiple platforms. JUniversal offers you the freedom to write your shared code in Java and then translate it to C# (available now) or to C++/Objective C++ (coming soon). You can also combine JUniversal with Google’s j2objc translator to translate Java to Objective-C for iOS.

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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 JUniversal?
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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 JUniversal?
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How much does Xamarin 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 JUniversal?
1 companies on StackShare use JUniversal
What tools integrate with Xamarin?
7 tools on StackShare integrate with Xamarin
What tools integrate with NativeScript?
2 tools on StackShare integrate with NativeScript
What tools integrate with JUniversal?
2 tools on StackShare integrate with JUniversal

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

  • 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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