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This is a quick overview of the Skip tool and a demonstration of how it can be used to build and run native apps on both iOS and Android.

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Transcript

[0:00] This is Skip. You are looking at the code for Travel Bookings, one of the Skip sample apps.

[0:06] And if you’re an iPhone developer this looks pretty boring. It’s a standard modern Swift and Swift UI iPhone app in the standard Xcode IDE.

[0:15] If we build it, it launches in the iPhone simulator as expected.

[0:24] But what you would definitely not expect is to see this standard iOS code also launching as an Android app as well.

[0:32] Skip takes your Swift and Swift UI source and translates it into an equivalent, fully native, Android app.

[0:39] It does this in real time on every build, so if we change the name of our home screen and make our city list searchable…

[0:53] When we rebuild the code, we’ll see those changes reflected in both apps.

[1:20] If we take a closer look at these simulators, you can see that the apps aren’t pixel identical.

[1:24] Skip uses the native UI toolkits on each platform for the best possible user experience.

[1:31] that means iOS users are seeing your Swift UI in action, and Android users are seeing an equivalent Jetpack Compose interface.

[1:39] Users get the native user interfaces that they’re used to, not uncanny-valley replicas.

[1:44] We see a good example of this in the time picker, which is fairly different across the two platforms.

[2:00] Let’s set a couple of favorites, and then visit the favorites tab.

[2:13] Here we can rearrange or delete from our list of favorite cities.

[2:24] Because Skip uses your native Swift UI on the iPhone and translates into native Kotlin and Compose on Android, it’s trivial to integrate platform controls.

[2:40] Here we’ve integrated Apple Maps on the iPhone and Google Maps on Android right inline.

[2:47] You can even tie in to native themes.

[3:07] So that is Skip. One iOS codebase, two fully native apps delivered to the entire mobile market, with an iPhone-first development strategy that doesn’t force you to compromise on user experience.

[3:19] Visit our website at skip.tools to find out more and get started.

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