Best Hybrid App Development Frameworks To Choose

By Navdeep Agarwal | August 23, 2018 | 853 Views

Nine times out of ten, users find the native app significantly easier to interface with. It is easy to create a more usable, engaging and intuitive mobile application in native but hybrid apps make more sense with the client’s business needs and requirements. Developers also settled with hybrid apps as they need to write once and build mobile applications that run on different platforms with ease. Technologies are constantly evolving, and that upgrade the existing systems of application deployment. As there are several frameworks to choose to develop hybrid apps, selecting one of the suitable frameworks for your next hybrid app development project isn’t as easy as it seems. To help you put the hand on the right framework, here is a list of the 10 best hybrid app development frameworks just for you.

1. Xamarian

Xamarian is a Microsoft-owned company in San Francisco. Founded in 2011, this California-based software company has cross-platform implementations of the Common Language Infrastructure (CLI) and Common Language Specifications (often called Microsoft.NET). These hottest tools put developers on the advantage to use the same code for different operating systems such as Android, Windows, iOS, MacOS and more. Xamarian offers native-like experience within an app and makes it aesthetically-sound. Developers can reuse code, tools, and functions that make the process quick and save a good sum of time in overall app development process.

2. React Native

In the year 2017, React Native has been like topping over all hybrid app development frameworks. The framework bulge in the app development process across all companies all because of its great attributes. React Native leverage developers build cross-platform apps with minimal effort while granting a native-like experience to the end-users. Developers have assistance from a vast community of React Native in case anyone come to a state called deadlock. Yet, the use of the framework is not advised to beginners. The vast community encourages them to dive in and explore.

3. Ionic

The overwhelming results Ionic has provided when worked in combination with AngularJS has made it a quick pick for building hybrid mobile apps in the recent past. Ionic app development framework has found to be one of the best cross-platform because of its extensive list of features, predefined elements and of course, a large community of developers who are always ready to provide help. Ionic help you build native-looking apps.

4. PhoneGap

No matter which framework you choose to create cross-platform applications, but you cannot rule out this exceptional tool for hybrid app development from the list. Launched simultaneously iPhone, developers can leverage the same code for different platforms and use their existing website development knowledge to quickly develop applications that are supported by multiple mobile operating systems. With the knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, you can get started with PhoneGap app development. Integrate this tool into your process and stun the world with your outstanding applications.

5. Mobile Angular UI

Mobile Angular UI is an open-source framework licensed to use it for free under MIT. By using Bootstrap with an Angular framework, developers can build amazing mobile app experiences. However, there is no dependency on jQuery or any other Bootstrap libraries. Additionally, there are several UI components like scrollable areas, switches, navbars, overlays and more that developers can use to build seamless mobile applications. Users will be provided with a smooth, intuitive and attractive user interface.

6. Framework 7

Framework 7 is already an incredibly popular choice for hybrid app development. The technology is been around for a fairly long time, and initially, it was developed with the only iOS in mind. Framework 7 has since expanded to Material Design as well. This framework offers a sound selection of components and a quite a bit of effort in documentation to channel together. It supports themes for both platforms that are excellently designed, meshing fairly well with native controls. The technology is available with all advanced features that required to develop a breakthrough cross-platform mobile app.

Also read: The Ultimate Guide to Comparing Hybrid Mobile Apps with Native Mobile Apps

7. Appcelerator Titanium

Titanium is yet another interesting and useful framework. It has mixed development environments supported by Xamarin and PhoneGap. Though applications are written in JavaScript, you must use a custom XML and Appcelerator’s API to support some native features. Titanium cross-platform excellently supports Android and iOS platforms but lacked HTML and CSS.

Hence the application build using native and javascript which supports better performance for hybrid applications. Titanium’s SDK is equipped with a number of mobile platform APIs and Cloud service to use as an app backend. It comes with platform-independent APIs which makes it easier to access phone hardware.

Titanium supports the rapid development of mobile apps as it uses Alloy, an MVC framework. Modules created using Alloy are easy to reuse across different apps, hence significantly reducing the titanium software development time and the lines of code.

8. Onsen UI

Onsen UI is currently offering tough competition to Ionic. It comes under Apache license. This open source framework is relatively new and within a short span of time has grabbed a good pick up in mobile app development. Onsen UI is based on framework-agnostic UI components that allow developers made choices and switch among the frameworks such as Angular, Angular 2, React, Vue.js and Meteor or go pure JavaScript to build your hybrid apps. Onsen offers ready to use components in tremendous numbers. It is responsive out of the box, thus support mobile app development through the use of HTML5 and JavaScript and push through PhoneGap and Cordova. It’s a complete delight for developers to work upon this easy to use and flexible framework comprise semantic markup components and is free to use for commercial projects.

9. Sencha Touch

Sencha Touch is an enterprise-grade product for building cross-platform end-to-end mobile web apps with HTML5 and JavaScript. In commercial space, it is one of the best platforms available especially for enterprises. It comes with a large number of products that work hand to hand with Sencha Touch, where most products carry a heavy price tag. Ionic, Onsen or Framework7 are best choice for individual developers and freelancers, but to develop enterprise application, Sencha Touch won the game.

Sencha Touch leads the way in cross-platform app development as it offers a native look and feels across all of the platforms it supports. It also supports a drag and drops HTML5 visual application builder with tons of ready to use templates. Sencha also features components that can also be built and added to the library for reuse across apps.

10. Kendo UI

Implementing native looking features in applications through Kendo UI is possible. Kendo UI is an HTML5 framework that eases cross-platform mobile application development powered by Telerik. The technology depends upon jQuery and powered with 70+ allow ready to use jQuery widgets; developers can easily integrate it with Angular or Bootstrap UI frameworks too.

Kendo UI is also easy to learn as most of the developers are familiar with jQuery. Though the framework is a free and open source, it restricts some features to work with. It wouldn’t provide dedicated technical support, and some commonly used widgets are still under a commercial license.

How have been your experience of using aforementioned Frameworks for a cross-platform mobile application development? We would like to hear your experience.

About the author

Navdeep Agarwal

Navdeep Agarwal is currently the Android Team Leader, has given his life to making apps better than they are. A strong believer of concepts like perfectionism and innovation, he has been making technology newer since the past 5 Years. When not with iOS Product team, you can find him looking at his Apple Store, finding ways to make the apps better. He’s always open to discussing the scope of innovation in world.

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