Mobile app development takes a lot of money and effort, not to mention the time and focus away from business development. We help with a list of hybrid app development frameworks that will help you save on all of them.
As per reports, more than half the world already owns a smartphone and an average smartphone owner uses more than 10 apps per day. Mobile app development for small business as well as corporates thus, form an important part of their futuristic endeavors for businesses.
As an app owner, once you get set on mobile app development, you need to get through it in time. Developing Hybrid Apps ensures that one code helps you develop mobile apps in less time and cost for several platforms including mobiles, laptops, tablets, web apps, etc. in one go itself.
Features of Hybrid Apps That Could Be of Advantage To You and Your Business
‘Hybrid apps will not perform as well as native apps’, is amongst the many common digital transformation myths doing rounds for most business mobile app development cases. In fact, do you know that developing a hybrid app might actually help you get published sooner on the App stores than you expect?
Confused? There are basically Native Apps and Hybrid Apps. The major difference between the two is that Native Apps require separate coding for each platform, delivering high code efficiency. For example Java for Android development, etc. With time, technologies evolved and gave way to Hybrid apps, wherein one code was enough for developments spanning various platforms. For instance: Flutter and Ionic are such frameworks. Development of Hybrid Apps:
- Requires lesser development time as one code is sufficient for various platforms.
- Is cost-effective as it requires lesser app developer time and expertise.
- Owing to the various libraries and widgets involved, Hybrid Apps offer a seamless UI/UX experience to the users.
- Since there is just one code, it is much easier to maintain and update on a regular basis.
- As hybrid apps enable greater flexibility even when offline, they provide a comparatively more friendly user environment.
Rating the Various App Development Frameworks
Hybrid mobile applications are nowadays very essential for businesses to gain a competitive edge. We herein help you enumerate the best mobile app development framework currently in the trend that shall help you get mobile app development done easily and efficiently within the best mobile app budget plan.
Launched in 2018 by Google, Flutter is a hybrid app development framework made from scratch by the company. Unlike Ionic, Flutter does not support Java or other common developing languages. Rather, it only seems to support developments using Dart, another Google Product. The best part about flutter is that it is extremely fast and has its own set of widgets which enable easy implementation of functionalities like buttons, sliders, switches, dialog boxes, tab bars, loading spinners, etc. within the app. The platform is compatible with Fuchsia, Google’s mobile OS, and comes with a hot reload feature that enables easy and instant viewing of changes. Due to the wholesome backing of Google, the framework is now the second-most obvious choice for developers the world over.
3. React Native
4. Native Script
The Quasar framework is basically developed on Vue.js. It includes several state-of-the-art UI effects for innovative website and apps developments. The framework supports mostly all desktop and mobile browsers, including iOS Safari. The apps developed on Quasar are also customizable (CSS) and extendable (JS). But, somehow the framework is unable to garner the following it deserves, and thus, there are comparatively fewer developers available.
Xamarin is the mobile app development framework supported and owned by Microsoft, since 2016. It is an open-sourced development toolset that enjoys immense popularity due to its easy integration with C#, .NET, and Visual Studio family. The framework enables easy code sharing with 60 to 90% of reusable code. However, there is a steep price attached to the Microsoft Visual Studio integrated development environment version that is required for most business-related developments.
Jquery mobile is recommended framework for out-of-the-box mobile app developments as it does not try compiling mobile apps like a native version. The framework design includes convenient menus and enables app development adapted to several screen sizes, making it quite developer-friendly. However, owing to its issues in .NET synchronizations, it is not much recommended for complex app developments.
9. Kendo UI
Kendo UI is a mobile app development framework owned by Telerik. More than 135 companies including Deloitte and TeamViewer use this framework for their app-based developments. Kendo UI is basically an HTML5 based UI framework that inculcates a library of 70+ UI widgets, an abundance of data-visualization gadgets, a client-side data source, and a built-in MVVM (Model-View-ViewModel) library, making it easy to use for developers. However, most of these functionalities are only available to commercial licensees. The free version can only be utilized for simple SPA developments.
10. Corona SDK
Corona SDK is the framework of choice for most game developers as it enables the easy inclusion of high pixel graphics. With easy install and initialization of the environment and a well-developed API system, the framework enables easy, efficient development of apps wherein changes can be instantly viewed. However, its code (mostly written in ‘Lua’) is not very reusable and does not support several libraries.
Look Out for Your Requirements First
As an app owner or app developer, you should first look at the requirements of your mobile app and then choose a framework from the list given above.
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