Developing a mobile application with a platform-based approach (Java and Objective-C/Swift) is not as easy as it looks. There are so many details one needs to consider like platforms, screen technologies, OS versions etc. To avoid these problems, many companies and developers are now using Cross-Platform Mobile Application Development Platforms. Nowadays, Cross-Platform solutions are chosen by 5 of the Top 10 Fortune 500 companies. Gartner estimates that more than 75% of the enterprises will use at least one mobile application development platform by 2020.
Main part of the development process requires adaptation of the application to different screen sizes and resolutions on different devices, just like the different screen sizes of iPhone 4/4S (3.5″), iPhone 5/5S (4″), iPhone 6S/7 (4.7″) and iPhone 6S/7 Plus (5.5″). It’s a well-known fact that virtual device emulators and simulators are very slow on many platforms (like Android). Hence, the real product may appear different on real devices than it appears on virtual emulators in many cases. Moreover, network operations may present different cases on real devices. For instance, Xcode uses an iOS simuator for performance, but as the name indicates, it’s just a simulator, not a real device emulator like Smartface iOS emulator. Thus, most of the developers choose real devices for testing. It might look OK at first glance, but what about iOS development on a Cross-Platform solution?
Due to Apple’s restrictions and the limitation of some Cross-Platform technologies, there are no solutions other than Smartface that support iOS development on a Windows or Linux machine. Other frameworks either don’t support iOS development on Windows at all or they can’t publish or emulate apps on an iOS device without a Mac. This is a big handicap for Cross-Platform development.
Smartface makes it easy to develop for iOS and Android on Windows with a new perspective for developing applications on Cross-Platform technologies. Smartface allows you to emulate your iOS and Android application on a Windows PC with a single click.
To emulate your application on any iOS device, like an iPad emulator or an iPhone emulator, download Smartface app from the iOS App Store and connect your iOS device to your Windows machine. Make sure you have iTunes installed for your PC to recognize your Apple device and then start developing a native application with Smartface. For the Android case, just set Android SDK path in your project settings in Smartface and click OK. It quickly generates the files in less than a minute and deploy it to the device. You can use a virtual Android device as well.
Android emulation is already known but you might wonder how emulation works on iOS. The main idea stems from the approach “if iTunes does it, why can’t we?” and we got to work on the solution. Now, we proudly introduce a brand new perspective about it. Moreover, it’s not just an emulator, it also functions as an Android and iOS debugger on Windows. Therefore, you can debug your apps with full debugging features such as breakpoints, watches and real-time code changes.
We are doing everything we can do to make sure the emulation is the same as real deployment process. You can be confident about everything being exactly the same as you developed and it only takes a few seconds to see your application in action. That’s why we named our helper app as “Smartface in Action”.
We will be introducing other cool ideas about mobile app development in the near future and keep yourself ready to hear new cool stuff from us. Stay tuned!
Please note that these “on-device emulators” are for development purposes and they only work with apps developed with Smartface. They require a real device as the name implies.
Therefore, apps downloaded from the App Store (such as iMessage, Garage Band, Snapchat, Clash of Clans, etc.) will not work with Smartface on-device emulators. Since you need a real device, you can always download those apps directly to your device.