Best Hybrid Mobile App Frameworks

  • Aug 22, 2017
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Hybrid Mobile App

Why Go Hydrid? Formerly, it took a developer much effort to make an app for each specific mobile platform. The situation changed with the advent of hybrid mobile app development.

Now, you can build an application using the combination of standard web technologies (HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript) and then make some quick adjustments to the code depending on the operating system. Result: shorter development cycle, better platform independence, quicker deployment, and improved performance.

To simplify the developer’s task, there are quite a few hybrid mobile app frameworks to select from. Here’s our look at the best ones.

Ionic

Ionic is rightfully considered the king among Apache-licensed mobile frameworks. It enjoys an extensive support by developers, with loads of online materials to help you get going. Ionic is also popular owing to the internal use of the powerful Angular JS framework.

The native platform interaction is accomplished with Cordova, which is a standard for many similar frameworks. Using SASS at its base, Ionic is famously known for its good scalability and can be easily maintained.

Ionic framework

Ionic includes a range of helpful tools. One of them is an equivalent of Apple’s TestFlight called Ionic View. With it, you can upload your app to Ionic’s servers, which allows you to see how it looks on iOS even if you are not on Apple’s Developer Program.

Other useful services include Ionic Push, Ionic Deploy, and Ionic Analytics for testing push notifications, upload changes in the code to the testing team faster, and view the statistics of how frequently users visit your application.

React Native

Another great hybrid mobile app framework made by Facebook that is gaining popularity thanks to its numerous advantages.

It is open-source like Ionic and easy to master. JavaScript is the principal tool of the trade here. Apart from that, developers should be able to know how to work with native user interface components and some platform-unique APIs. No native development skills are required.

Originally created for working with iOS, React Native now supports Android, providing mobile UIs for these two popular platforms. It accomplishes a native look and feel by using its recyclable native components and compiling them straight to native.

React Native

The framework is known for the speed and flexibility. It achieves that by utilizing ReactJS UI – an extremely popular Facebook’s library with its enhanced performance and simple programming techniques.

A library rather than a framework when compared to a framework like AngularJS, Native React’s primary purpose is building mobile UI. Interacting with a native environment asynchronously, JavaScript helps make the user interface very responsive. That, in its turn, reduces the app download time to a much greater extent than other frameworks do.

One of the most attractive features of React Native is that there is no need to rework an existing app code base: just add the React Native UI building blocks to it. Also, use a plugin to add code created with another framework like Ionic.

Telerik Platform

A proprietary tool that allows developers to build both native and hybrid mobile applications, as well as manage the rest of the development processes like testing and distributing apps. You can access it by simply using a web browser on most well-known OSs or download its Windows-specific desktop version. Other options include an extension to the MS VS and a command-line interface.

Telerik Platform

The central feature of the Telerik Platform is its IDE called AppBuilder that incorporates the company’s private APIs including the famous KendoUI for building platform-independent applications with a single code base (HTML5, CSS3, and Java) and Apache Cordova API for accessing native hardware components. Apart from the proprietary APIs, developers can add any external libraries to the IDE.

In conclusion, the three frameworks and tools described above are certainly not the only ones at the disposal of hybrid mobile app developers. But if you choose one of them, you can be confident that your application will look stylish and attractive on any native platform.

 

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