All Differences and Use Cases for Xamarin Native vs Xamarin.Forms

Choosing cross-platform mobile app development services enables organizations to add their presence to both Android and iOS markets. Xamarin, recently acquired by Microsoft, is one of the best frameworks for cross-platform mobile app development. Rich features, agility, and cost-effectiveness make it an ideal choice for building cross-platform apps.

Xamarin Native

Xamarin Native is wrapped around the typical Android and iOS platform APIs allowing the applications to be created in C#. It allows to create mobile apps for multiple platforms with a native interface. The real platform capability is executed utilizing Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android. This allows Xamarin developers access to iOS SDK as well as Android SDK, specifically.


Xamarin.Forms is a complete array of instruments for the creation of cross-platform software. It works on top of the Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android libraries and allows writing front ends in C# and XAML and may even share this code between implementations. Applications created with Xamarin.Forms are fully endowed with all the characteristics inherent to the best cross-platform solutions. In particular, they allow developers to save time and money (about 80–95% of the code is cross-platform, the remaining 5–20% contain commands to establish connections with native APIs).

The difference between Xamarin.Forms and Xamarin Native:

  • Application development time;
  • Development costs;
  • User experience;
  • UI complexity;
  • Update and maintenance;
  • App functionalities.

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