3 Popular Hybrid Mobile App Frameworks that Assure Development Efficiency

3 Popular Hybrid Mobile App Frameworks that Assure Development Efficiency

Post By :   AppTech Corp.

In the digital age, the popularity and acceptance of hybrid mobile app development frameworks and technologies are inflating at an unprecedented rate. Long gone are those days when developing feature-rich apps using JavaScript were considered an uphill battle. Many enterprises and developers are gradually heading towards the crossroads of the hybrid mobile apps to achieve shorter development cycles, better user experience, ease of development, and multi-platform adaptation. Hybrid apps can be built on-the-fly and run natively on a device, without compromising an app’s performance, functionality, and other features.

Hybrid mobile app development comprises a whole package of an app’s CSS, HTML, JavaScript code, and other technologies wrapped in a ‘native container’ that can be deployed on any device or operating system. In a nutshell, hybrid frameworks are the next-generation of sustainable and high-powered frameworks and cross-platform app development, which offer high-speed performance, offline support, an excellent native experience with the simple back end, and other countless benefits. Let’s take a look at the three popular JavaScript frameworks that are increasing end-to-end efficiency in the pipeline development.

Framework 7

Framework 7 (F7) is the go-to hybrid framework that facilitates the development of both hybrid mobile and web apps using CSS, HTML5M, and JavaScript. Although F7 has absolute zero external dependencies on Angular or Bootstrap, unlike most other hybrid frameworks, it needs to be integrated with Cordova or PhoneGap to streamline and boost the power of code since F7 has no app emulation or packaging tool. This functional approach doesn’t attenuate the quality of an app.

This enterprise-app framework includes heaps of widgets and User-Interface (UI) elements, such as pop-ups, media lists, form elements, etc., that enable the development process to be agile and swift. In addition to the extensive range of ready-to-use components and styles, it is an open-source, user-friendly framework as well as entirely free of licensing or other fees. With the help of this framework, developers can easily design prototypes and then develop highly scalable, intricate hybrid apps featuring animations that deliver a native-like experience with high-end performance. Here are some positives and negatives of this framework:

Pros:

  • Open-source
  • Built-in monetization
  • Excellent Features & UI elements
  • Easy to use, learn, and customize
  • Powerful performance
  • Amazing documentation

Cons:

a) F7 is not compatible with all mobile platforms.

b) Since it’s an iOS-specific framework, some themes might not be compatible with Android devices.

c) To develop an F7 mobile app, one must work with F7 MVC framework.

Xamarin

Xamarin, owned by the renowned tech giant – Microsoft, was developed to resolve the pitfalls of complex and disconnected technology stacks. It has cross-platform implementations of the .NET and Common Language Infrastructure (CLI) that help in developing hybrid apps for all major platform, including Android, iOS, and UWP. It sticks up to the concept of “WORA – Write Once, Run Anywhere.”

By complementing C# shared code base with .NET framework, developers can use Xamarian tools to develop iOS or Android apps separately with native user interfaces and native APIs, and then deploy the same code across multiple platforms, such as MacOS. Since over 90 percent of the code is reusable between Android, iOS, and other platforms, Xamarin makes hybrid mobile app development a cost-effective affair.

The C# and native libraries enfolded in the .NET layer make it possible for programmers to reuse a spectrum of existing open source and in-house code base (around 90%) in Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin. Android projects. Apps built with Xamarin framework are much larger and overcomplicated compared to standard native apps. Some of the advantages and disadvantages of using Xamarin include:

Positives

✓ Less development time

✓ Code sharing across multiple platforms

✓ Flawless UI

✓ Low maintenance and engineering cost

✓ No hardware compatibility issues

✓ Portable class libraries

Negatives

  • Small Xamarin support community
  • Limited access to open-source plugins and libraries

Ionic

Comes with the added rewards of Angular JS elements and a robust JavaScript framework, Ionic is undeniably the front-runner in the field of independent hybrid app development. This front-end SDK framework also offers a vast environment of advanced resources and the power of Cordova to access numerous native OS as well as hardware components for developers. The ionic framework maintains its leading edge with regular updates, such as Google’s design standard, thereby staying ahead of the competition. To run the web code in a native environment successfully using browser “WebView,” Ionic uses the Cordova JavaScript APIs.

Furthermore, to build multiple platform apps using Ionic, the basic understanding of open-source web technologies like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, is not enough. One must have the specific skill set and profound knowledge of an array of advanced libraries, programming languages, and technologies, including Angular, Ionic, Cordova, etc., to get started with hybrid app development. Due to its extensive list of mobile-optimized library of JS & CSS components and native device features, Ionic, beyond a doubt, has become the most preferred framework amongst development community for cross-platform Android and iOS app development. Some advantages and disadvantages of using Ionic are:

Pros:

  • 100% free, open-source, and user-friendly
  • Excellent features like AoT Compiling and deep linking
  • MIT licensed
  • Over 120 native functionalities like fingerprint auth, HealthKit, and more
  • Write Once Run Anywhere (WORA) approach – reusable code
  • Quick and interactive development
  • Minimal development and maintenance costs

Cons:

✓ Possible in-app performance issues depending on app type

✓ Early adopter risk

✓ Complex app navigation and tricky UI-Router

Final Verdict: Making the Decision

Apart from these above-mentioned frameworks, there are plenty of other options, such as Onsen UI, React Native, PhoneGap, etc., that come with a handful of powerful tools, a rich set of templates and themes, and other numerous excellent elements. The process of picking out a hybrid mobile app framework for building a cross-platform iOS, Android, or any other platform application entirely depends on app type and your business’s needs.

So, which JavaScript framework do you prefer for developing hybrid mobile apps and why? Share with us in the comment below.

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