Compare IBM MobileFirst vs. Xamarin Platform

IBM MobileFirst is ranked 7th in Mobile Development Platforms with 2 reviews while Xamarin Platform is ranked 2nd in Mobile Development Platforms with 15 reviews. IBM MobileFirst is rated 8.6, while Xamarin Platform is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of IBM MobileFirst writes "Streamlines development of hybrid applications, and has ability to integrate device-native code". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Xamarin Platform writes "I can develop apps for iOS and Android without migrating to Objective-C or Java". IBM MobileFirst is most compared with Kony, Xamarin Platform and Ionic, whereas Xamarin Platform is most compared with Appium, Ionic and Kony. See our IBM MobileFirst vs. Xamarin Platform report.
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With help of this product, we have been able to develop mobile applications without having complete knowledge of each mobile OS's native programming technology. App development, delivery, and code management have been very efficient using this product.I like Its capability for developing hybrid applications, with an ability to integrate device-native code as wellIBM MobileFirst has one of the most feature-rich admin panels.

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It usually saves time for application development. We write once and the code works everywhere.The cross platform ability is a great asset.Their leadership is exceptional at both listening to the customer base and delivering innovative, best-in-class products.Being able to use the .NET framework and platform have me creating applications better than anyone who develops on Windows.Xamarin is well-integrated with Visual Studio so it will feel very familiar to you once you start.It brings about good code sharing strategies, which bring down cost and maintenance efforts.We were able to optimize the service organization for one of our clients.It allows us to reuse our knowledge of C# and .NET Framework.

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I would like to see improved support for native device functions.There are issues with push notifications, especially for Windows mobile apps. JSONStore also crashes abruptly at times.

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They need to take a step towards independence from the UI platform. It takes a lot of time to adapt the native controls.We need to think about partnering with IBM because there is a need for a big data partner; someone who has machine learning and can help us connect the app to big data.There is limited support for UX widgets.There are compatibility issues between versions of various Xamarin components.The android application compilation time needs to be reduced.It is common to find a problem that you would need to develop from the start since there are no third-party components to reuse.From time to time, it is a bit harder to code some specific scenarios compared to the native approach.The worst build issue concerns are the caching process MSBuild uses to reduce the build time.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
Cost depends upon various factors. Size of the overall application and product usage matter a lot. For an enterprise-grade application, this certainly comes out as an economical solution. However, for small-scale applications, it can turn out to be on the higher side.

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Xamarin is free, or comes with Visual Studio. Therefore, it is very profitable.It saved a lot of time and resources needed to develop a cross platform mobile app.Xamarin is available under several licensing arrangements. Each developer needs one license at least. All features, especially the Profiler, unlock only with the highest tier.This is a free product, so there is zero investment on licenses and IDE.For personal use, the Community Edition is free.In most cases, it is sufficient to have free/community license. But if you plan to seriously develop production-level, highly polished apps, you need to use Xamarin.Profiler and the professional or enterprise license.

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MobileFirst, Worklight
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IBM Worklight helps organizations extend their business to mobile devices.Develop native iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows apps in C#
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UniCredit Business Integrated Solutions, Gruppo Unipol, Raymond James Financial, Toshiba GCS, CST, ABK-Systeme GmbH, BNP ParibasCinemark, MixRadio, Sqor Sports, Storyo, JetBlue, The World Bank, Cr_dito Agrcola, Applied Research Associates
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