Which mobile app language should you use for development?

There are a number of languages that you can choose from when developing an app. The best choice of mobile app language depends on what you want the app to do, and the platform you plan to launch it on.


  • Kotlin is the preferred language to use when developing Android apps, having replaced Java in 2019. Kotlin is very similar to Java but it lacks some of the complexities of its predecessor, which makes it a good entry point into Android app development.
  • Python is a popular mobile app programming language that isn’t supported natively by Android, but Python apps can be converted using various tools so that they can run on Google’s platform.


  • The primary language for developing apps for Apple’s operating systems is Swift. This mobile app language was first released in 2014 as a replacement for Objective-C, which had been Apple’s programming language since the early 1980s.

The multi-purpose mobile app language – React Native

React Native is an open-source UI software framework that allows developers to write code using Javascript that can be shared across both Android and iOS. Javascript is the most popular programming language in the world, appreciated for its speed, simplicity and ability to work well with other programming languages.

Developing mobile apps in React Native allows you to take advantage of its robust, built-in developer tools and library of third-party plugins and APIs. At Netgen, we use this mobile app language for most of our developments because of the versatility and the lower cost to client that comes with this.

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The Netgen development team is always up to speed on the latest developments in all mobile app languages, however, our favourite will always be React Native. It allows us to create slick, responsive apps for both iOS and Android using one codebase. Whether you’re looking to create an app for iOS or Android, or both, contact Netgen today.

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