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18 Best Apps Made Using Xamarin 2020

Xamarin is a cross-platform implementation of the Common Language Specifications (also called Microsoft.Net) and Common Language Infrastructure (CLI). This platform gets its name from a Microsoft company based in California. Through Xamarin cross-platform platform, you can build and design mobile apps employing a single language. Along with iOS and Android apps, Xamarin can be used to churn out Windows Phone apps as well.

You name the domain and you have Xamarin apps that comes up with advantages and functionalities. Be in the field of healthcare, manufacturing, gaming, technology or hospitality, the list of multi-domain functionalities of Xamarin apps is endless and so are their capabilities.

For all those who are inquisitive to know about all such popular Xamarin apps that have been and will make their strong presence felt in 2020, here they are.

Cincinnati Alaska Airlines Microsoft Azure
Microsoft news Outback Taxfyle
UPS Mobile Insightly Storyo
Thermo Fisher Scientific Captio CA Mobile
BBC Goodfood MRW App FreshDirect
Novarum Reader PictureX Vanderlande

 

1. Cincinnati Children’s Caren

cincinnati - apps using xamarin

Cincinnati is a nonprofit academic medical center dedicated to children. It is one of the distinguished pediatric center for kids with top-quality treatment procedures and pieces of equipment. This app assists you in every visit to Cincinnati children.

Caren reminds you about the current status of your health and schedule appointments in advance. Besides, it can give solutions to your queries and provide services in emergency times.

App Features

  • Digital parking pass & spot reminder.
  • Perfect Wayfinder in your pockets.
  • Easy-to-use interface
  • Wide variety of resources.

Ratings: 4.8/5

Installs: 5,000+

Download: Android, iOS

2. Alaska Airlines

alaska airlines - apps using xamarin

This app is a complete air travel partner that lets you solve all your dilemma regarding the flight information right from booking the tickets, check-in, select a seat, change a seat, order your favourite food etc.

You can even use this app to get your boarding pass and use it at the security checkpoints also. Users also have the option to integrate their calendar details so that all your travel information is lined up within the app.

App Features

  • Detailed information on reservations.
  • Timely push notifications.
  • Responsive feedback systems
  • 24/7 technical support team

Ratings: 4.7/5

Installs: 1,000,000+

Download: Android, iOS

3. Microsoft Azure

microsoft azure - apps using xamarin

Apps created by Microsoft is always a godsend for netizens. Microsoft azure is such an app molded by top-notch Xamarin tools. This app is an amazing solution to manage and monitor your services and give the best outcomes on Microsoft products.

You can control your resources on the go and resolve any issues instantly. It offers a graphical representation of critical metrics of the cloud and gets updates on its status.

App Features

  • Generate corrective actions on resources
  • Alerts on important health issues.
  • Always stay connected with your Cloud
  • Safe and end-to-end encrypted.

Ratings: 4.5/5

Installs: 500,000+

Download: Android, iOS

4. Microsoft news

microsoft news - apps using xamarin

People always desire credible and timely news stories. Microsoft news assures this feature at your fingertips. Users can know affairs that are happening now and those happened earlier with clear figures.

Microsoft news gives in-depth news reports & breaking news from the world’s best journalists. Users can sync their preferences and topics they are interested to read about.

The app curates news stories from reputed dailies like Washington Post, USA TODAY, CBS News, CNN, The New York Times, etc. Users can view blog posts, videos editorials, etc about the raging issues worldwide.

App Features

  • Get top news of all categories.
  • Dark mode for night reading.
  • Limitless & free download app.
  • Good user interface.

Ratings: 4.4/5

Installs: 1,000,000+

Download: Android, iOS

5. Outback

outback - apps using xamarin

The app acts as a bridge between you and the restaurant. This app avoids queries or confusions on orders as you can directly order your favorite steaks from Outback Steakhouse.

You can pre-fill the order details along with the checkout address for making your orders easily at your doorsteps. Users can track each stage till delivery and real-time confirmation of the orders straight from the restaurant doubles the assurance of the right delivery.

App Features

  • Optimized mobile-friendly Interface.
  • Manage multiple addresses.
  • Reliable & no over promises.
  • Easiest and fastest way for food delivery.

Ratings: 4.2/5

Installs: 1,000,000+

Download: Android, iOS

Read Also: A Tutorial on Xamarin 2020

6. Taxfyle

taxtyle - apps using xamarin

Taxfyle is a devoted app made using Xamarin that helps you monitor your taxes on the go. You can now file taxes in real-time and connect in minutes. Users can file both their personal and business tax easily with Taxfyle at fingertips.

The app helps you calculate an upfront cost and assess the taxes, above all connect with the best tax professional to engage without any complications.

After the whole process, you can rate and review the person who helped you with easy tax services. Users can share their confidential information via Taxfyle as its systems are highly encrypted and secure.

App Features

  • 24/7 tax advice via email.
  • Tracking through best accounting software
  • Get qualified for tax credits.
  • Easy data sharing & messaging.

Ratings: 4.1/5

Installs: 10,000+

Download: Android, iOS

7. UPS Mobile

ups mobile - apps using xamarin

One of the best apps is made using Xamarin with Five million plus installs. UPS mobile helps you track your deliveries from its shipment till reaching your hands. It is active on both Android and Ios platforms.

You can easily identify your packages and manage them by knowing their journey and exact locations.UPS has an in-app measurement tool where you can take package dimensions on the go.

App Features

  • Estimate shipping costs and time.
  • Get shipping labels.
  • Find the nearest UPS locations.
  • User-friendly app.

Ratings: 4.1/5

Installs: 5,000,000+

Download: Android, iOS

8. Insightly

insightly - apps using xamarin

This is a one-stop solution for various businesses operating in different verticals. It was created for businesses to monetize their strategies through updated information.

Powered by Xamarin, this business-centric mobile app which is compatible with iOS and Android devices shares pertinent information to its users.

App Features

  • Manage & monitor customer relationships
  • Add Voice memo with leads.
  • Effective team & project management.
  • Easy address book on the device.

Ratings: 4/5

Installs: 100,000+

Download: Android, iOS

9. Storyo

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Storyo is a Xamarin-based app that helps you come up with interesting videos from photographs. You can also tag your video with details like time and place along with other contextual information that will mirror your story telling abilities.

This narrative interface featuring captivating videos is compatible with multiple platforms along with a feature that allows users across 170 countries to access your videos; in a jiffy!

App Features

  • Exciting slideshow creator
  • Users from 170+ Countries
  • Location & timeframe feature
  • Awesome filters and transitions

Ratings: 4/5

Installs: 100,000+

Download: Android, iOS

10. Thermo Fisher Scientific

thermo fisher

If you are on the lookout for a techno-scientific mobile app that seamlessly blends life sciences with IoT (Internet of Things), then Thermo Fisher Scientific is the perfect bet.

Predominantly hand holding genetic scientists to come up with multiple copies of DNA in a short time span, this research and development (R&D) mobile app teams with PCR Essentials App.

This combination of xamarin apps facilitates the monitoring of progress from anywhere. Another star attraction of this app is that it cuts down the number of manual machine checks.

All thanks to Xamarin, a significant 75% reduction in development time was possible along with providing another user-friendly platform to conduct R&D activities through mobiles.

App Features

  • Real-time followups and schedules
  • Exact geolocation tracking
  • Autogeneration of service reports
  • Easy-to-use Interface

Ratings: 3.8/5

Installs: 1,000+

Download: Android, iOS

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11. Captio

captio

With this app, you can forget all the paper works regarding your expenses. Because this app transforms your smartphone into a customized tool that can help you calculate all your travel expenses.

This digital partner of your travel and expense provides information for business account management details, VAT details, credit card payments, supervises the accounts and even helps in business accounting.

App Features

  • Automatically generate expense reports.
  • A perfect tool for corporate management.
  • Automatic data extraction facility.
  • Reconcile multiple payments

Ratings: 3.6/5

Installs: 100,000+

Download: Android, iOS

12. CA Mobile

ca mobile

This app was created to provide a safe and native mobile experience for the customers of famous Portugal based bank, Credito Agricola.

The CA Mobile app lets you access your bank account anytime and anywhere from various devices. You can get details regarding your account summary, transactions, card details, recharges and other value-added services.

App Features

  • Biometric authentication facility
  • Purchase via virtual cards
  • Monitor CA agencies
  • Completely free membership.

Ratings: 3.3/5

Installs: 100,000+

Download: Android

13. BBC Goodfood

bbc good food

This is the latest version of the BBC Goodfood app offering an extensive recipe database for its users. New dishes and recipes are added all time and users can try it without any trouble. Users can create their collections and rate their favorite recipes.

The newest feature is that you can share the new recipes with your family and friends anywhere anytime. BBC Good food offers a free trial period where users can fully use the app and decide its future use.

App Features

  • 24/7 customer email support
  • Various subscription packages
  • Browse & search for trending recipes.
  • Filter junk/promotion folders.

Ratings: 2.9/5

Installs: 500,000+

Download: Android, iOS

14. MRW App

mrw transport

This app helps you track your company shipments and know their status anytime and anywhere. Being a pioneer to e-commerce and logistics it’s been a necessity to have a mobile app that works across cross-platforms.

Using this app you can locate the other offices of MRW and also get in touch with us through various communication channels like customer service, website or through the social media.

App Features

  • Track & know the status of your products.
  • Locate nearest MRW offices
  • Active on multiple devices.
  • In-app chat functionality

Rating: 2.5/5

Installs: 10,000+

Download : Android

15. FreshDirect

freshdirect

Featuring a huge catalog of more than 15,000 products, FreshDirect is a Xamarin offering that allows you to source your groceries from the comfort of your homes.

With a Stock Keeping Unit (SKU) that helps marketers track their inventory through an identification code, FreshDirect is the product of multiple technologies.

Along with Xamarin Test Cloud, this online grocery app makes use of the concepts of Visual Studio and HockeyApp that makes it compatible with iOS and Android platforms.

App Features

  • Track & know the status of your products.
  • Locate nearest MRW offices
  • Active on multiple devices.
  • In-app chat functionality.

Ratings: 2.2/5

Installs: 100.000+

Download: Android, iOS

Read Also: What Makes Xamarin Unique in 2020

16. Novarum Reader

Novarum DX is a test platform for both diagnostics and pharmaceutical market. Avoiding the traditional method of lateral flow test, the company wanted users to be provided with the option of analyzing results via a smartphone camera.

For this, the Novorum reader app was created which was the first ever diagnostic software that worked without hardware. According to your need, the app can be customized in case of reading and the reporting system.

App Features

  • Highly customizable interface
  • Perform easy testing by scanning codes.
  • Immediate pass/fail result.
  • Connect & transfer reports.

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17. PictureX

This is a free, fun-to-use, easy app made with Xamarin that lets you collect and arrange all your favourite photos with friends’ or family in the same folder.

The company aims at providing their customers the option of exchanging pictures with other users. Permission to access the photo, share and download it is only given by the user.

App Features

  • Elegant and intuitive design.
  • Secure and encrypted accounts.
  • User-friendly platform.
  • Easily arrange & access photos.

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18. Vanderlande

vanderlande

This app lets the employees trace the parcels automatically using the scan bar or the QR codes. By integrating the Xamarin platform, the app was found to showcase a better user interface and it also becomes easier for employees who don’t know English.

This, in turn, helps in improving their operational activities and expanding logistics with greater services.

App Features

  • Real-time Tracking of consignments
  • Multi-language support
  • Effective logistics management.
  • Excellent UI/UX.

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Read Also: Pros & Cons of Xamarin App Development in 2020

The Last Word

With multidisciplinary options that Xamarin apps have to offer, you can welcome 2020 with a high level of confidence and preparedness.

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Making the most of Xamarin’s cross-platform app development technology, you will be poised to expand your customer base with the inclusion of various mobile platforms.

How To Create a Mobile App Using Xamarin

Xamarin is a mobile app development framework that allows you to create simple form of native apps that can share codes across Android, iOS and Windows.

Xamarin opens possibilities to aim at different mobile platforms by sharing up to 90% of the created codes. It provides a full access to Android and iOS APIs, using the same language and data structures on all platforms.

Platforms Supported

Xamarin mainly offers three main choices:

1) Visual Studio: Helps to develop Android and iOS apps.

2) Xamarin Studio: Xamarin’s own IDE, which provides high quality to accelerate mobile app development processing.

3) Xamarin Studio: Best at developing apps for both Android and iOS. Xamarin’s combination with Xcode does make testing and designing of iOS app development more easier.

Based on C# along with NET Framework, Xamarin makes works easy for developers to create apps for cross platforms. About 90% of the source code can be reused which results in speeding up the development part of the app making process.

There is no need to switch between different development environment as it works on both Visual Studio (for Windows) and Xamarin IDE (for Mac).

To build native apps (Android, iOS, Android) you need:

1) To start working with Android and Windows apps you need a windows computer with Visual Studio and Xamarin installed. And in-case you are working on iOS apps, a Mac with Xamarin and Xcode should be installed.

2) After Setup and installation, verify whether everything is ready for development procedure. Once verifications are completed, you can step on to the next steps:

•  Learn basics with Xamarin.Forms

•  Start building apps with native UI using Xamarin

3) Set Up a Solution– Steps to create solution with native UI:

•  Firstly, you need to create a Blank app solution by using Visual Studio and name the app

• Click OK to create the solution. At this time, different projects are showcased, with access to native designer for the corresponding platform. Platform specific screens can also be implemented in this part.

•  Add NuGet and Newtonsoft.Json package to the PCL project. This is used to retrieve information from the data services. This step is repeated several times and then install the Microsoft.Net.Http package.

•  Finally, your solution is built for the app and verify that there are no built errors.

4) Write & Share the Data Service Code

For any app development using Xamarin Cross-Platform Development, the code is written on the portable library class(PCL) that can be shared across different platforms in future. PCL are automatically included in packages built by Android, iOS and Windows app projects.

5) Design UI

Next design the user interface, connect it to your shared code and run the final output. At this part you need to set properties like layout, background, text view, text colour, text style etc. Once the properties are fixed, save the file and switch to design view and finally, the UI appears.

In iOS, connect to a Mac on your local network with Xcode and Xamarin installed. After this directly use iOS designer in Visual Studio.

6) Consume the Shared Code: Open the file of the App project in the code editor and replace the generated C# code its contents with the codes.

7) Run the App

•  Set it as the start up project in Explorer
•  Select an appropriate target/device, then start the application

8) Testing app on Android

Testing Android app using a Visual Studio Android Emulator is an easy technique. Firstly, you have to select the app project, choose a device to emulate and then click to start. The Android emulators are generally slow and should take some time to load. If everything is built properly, your app must run on Android perfectly.

9) Testing app on iOS

Testing on iOS is little difficult when compared with Android devices, because it requires a iOS Mac to provide the emulator. Follow the official instructions given to set up and connect to Visual Studio. Then, select the app project, switch the design plan to iPhone Simulator, choose the version of device used and click Play. Thus, your app test is done.

I guess, now you have a basic understanding about Xamarin Cross-Platform Development. Due to its properties like code sharing, efficiency, use of single technology stacks, native-app like performance, reduced cost and time to launch a product, many entrepreneurs, start-ups mainly the enterprise mobile solutions and Xamarin developers has started to prefer this platform.

Apps built on each platform is unique and Xamarin understands features for each platform. However, business strategies are reusable and this is where Xamarin Cross-Platform Development comes in handy.