10 Frameworks For Mobile Hybrid Apps

In this digital era, the popularity of mobile applications is increasing at a great pace. Now, more and more people are using smartphones and use mobile apps for their daily tasks. With rising demand and popularity of apps, mobile app development companies are striving to enhance the user experience by opting for the latest technology in app development. Choosing the right framework is essential for the development of the hybrid app. This blog explains seven most popular hybrid frameworks which help you to develop mobile apps at par with user expectations.

1. Xamarin

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One of the most effective development frameworks available to make a hybrid app, Xamarian is an easy to use app development technologies. Let’s take a look at the features of Xamarin which makes it the best hybrid app framework:

– It allows you to perform all the functions in C# which you can do in Objective-C, Java, C or Swift.
– It has native UI, native API access, and native performance.
– It acts as a time saver as it has re-utilizing abilities, tools, teams and the most important thing, code.

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2. Phonegap

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PhoneGap is the odd one out in this list as it’s not a framework for creating an app, but for packaging and releasing an app. PhoneGap is based on the open source Cordova and is the commercial version owned by Adobe. With a dedicated support team, PhoneGap is popular amongst many mobile developers.

You can use any choice of JavaScript or UI frameworks to get started with PhoneGap. jQuery Mobile alongside KnockOut.js or AngularJS is a nice combination. Once you are done with your code, PhoneGap takes it from there and wraps it based on the intended platform. Applications built using PhoneGap use a web view to render their content. PhoneGap has a minimal set of web APIs to access phone hardware features and it’s possible to write custom plugins to suit requirements.

Read About Phonegap – 7 Reasons Why Phonegap is Awesome For Enterprise Mobile App Development!

3. Intel XDK

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The intel XDK allows you build cross-platform apps for each and every store. It includes web services and plugins for content-rich, interactive apps, responsive apps runs on any device. This framework which is a complete range of tools that support development, emulation, testing, debugging and publishing. Recently, they made some big changes by supporting all the capabilities you love from developing mobile HTML5 apps (including Apache Cordova) for Android, iOS, and Windows 10 UAP. Now they have included software development capabilities for Node.JS-based, on-board, IoT apps too.

Intel XDK provides a live preview on the connected device whilst you are developing alongside many other useful tools. You can create apps using a drag and drop approach, although it does create a lot of unnecessary code.

4. Ionic Framework

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Capable of building native looking apps, this framework has gained popularity in the recent past and results are overwhelming when worked in combination with AngularJS. Developers have preferred it for cross-platform app development particularly due to its extensive list of features, predefined elements and of course, a large community of developers who are always ready to help you.

5. Framework7

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Framework 7 is known to make the web development process agile. The coolest thing about Framework 7 is, unlike other hybrid frameworks, it has no external dependency on tools like Angular or React.

Features :

– Super easy & comfortable to use. You just have to know the CSS, HTML or JavaScript.
– Open Source.
– A Lots of UI elements and widgets.
– Powerful performance.
– Use a lot of animation.
– Totally free from license fee.

6. Appcelerator Titanium

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Titanium has mixed development environments provided by Xamarin and PhoneGap. All apps are written in JavaScript but you must use a custom XML and Appcelerator’s API to support some native features. This framework is cross-platform with full support for Android and iOS, but it is not included with CSS and HTML. In the end, the compiled code is a combination of native and javascript that improves a better performance for mobile hybrid development.

Titanium is a good solution for creating hybrid mobile apps. To get started with Titanium download Titanium studio. The Titanium 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 uses Alloy, an MVC framework to enable rapid development of mobile apps. Modules created using Alloy are easy to reuse across different apps, hence significantly reducing the development time and the lines of code.

7. Mobile Angular UI

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Mobile Angular UI is very much like Sencha Touch. It can be used as an extension to Bootstrap 3, but doesn’t have the dependency on Bootstrap or jQuery. Because Mobile Angular UI has not any dependency on jQuery, all that is needed to create awesome mobile user experience is Angular JS directives. Mobile Angular UI is originally an HTML framework that also makes use of Bootstrap3 and Angular JS for developing interactive, engaging, and exceptional applications for the users. There are more advantages for the users as Mobile Angular UI has been made available for free that can be used under MIT license. The source is easily available at Github.

8. Onsen UI

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Onsen UI is relatively new but giving a tough competition to Ionic. It is an open source framework under Apache license. Onsen UI is framework-agnostic UI components, you can choose and switch among the frameworks: Angular, Angular 2, React, Vue.js and Meteor or go pure JavaScript to build your hybrid apps.

Onsen UI features a large collection of ready to use components, responsive out of the box that allows you to build mobile, it allows you to write apps in HTML5 and JavaScript and push through Phonegap and Cordova for building the app.

This framework is very easy to use, flexibility and has semantic markup components and is free to use for commercial projects.

9. Sencha Touch

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Sencha Touch is an enterprise-grade framework for making cross-platform and end to end web apps with JavaScript and HTML5. The framework offers set of ready to use widgets having native look and feel for the major platforms like Android, iOS, Blackberry and Windows Phone. It also provides a drag and drop HTML5 visual application builder along with plenty of readymade templates. With Sencha Touch, it is also possible to make custom components and add to the library for reuse..

10. Kendo UI

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Kendo UI is an HTML 5 framework for creating cross-platform mobile applications powered by Telerik. It relies heavily on jQuery and comes packed with 70+ ready to use jQuery widgets. You can also integrate it with Angular or Bootstrap UI framework too.

It is not difficult to learn Kendo UI because a lot of developers are familiar with jQuery. It’s a free and open-source framework, but it is slightly limited in terms of features to work, you won’t get dedicated technical support and some commonly used widgets are still under a commercial license.

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