While serving various clients from startups to enterprises, one thing I learnt that, deciding between native and hybrid mobile apps is not an easy task. The battle between native and hybrid apps is never ending; both have their own pros and cons. It all depends on the needs, time-scale, and budget of the client. But one thing is clear, with the technological advancements; the functionality of hybrid frameworks is improving.
Hybrid applications are compatible with various platforms and mobile operating systems. Known for minimizing the efforts and the time consumed to develop mobile applications, hybrid apps are leading the market. Going with the hybrid is an intelligent choice as it emerges out to be the quickest app development method on any platform of your choice. Developing exclusive mobile apps is now easier due to ready to use frameworks, APIs, and other tools. Frameworks are helping mobile app developers to build advanced and high-quality applications. Developing a hybrid mobile app can be a smooth process if the framework is selected smartly. Let’s have a look at top five hybrid frameworks:
Ionic is an open source, cross-platform framework. Ionic works and looks alluring wherever it runs. Ionic works profoundly on the latest devices, providing benefits like touch-optimized gestures and hardware-accelerated transition. Ionic app development imitates native app UI guidelines and uses native SDKs, combining the UI standards and device features of native apps.
PhoneGap app development process harnesses the power of Cordova’s plug-ins. These plug-ins allow hybrid frameworks to connect the apps to native APIs to provide a native experience. Phonegap will compile your app using the SDK of the platform and can be installed on all the major platforms like Android, iOS, Windows and Blackberry. A set of third party tools comes with the PhoneGap framework useful in testing, debugging and managing the application.
Sencha Touch has the most comprehensive collection of high-performance widgets like; carousels, menus, and toolbars, built specifically for mobile platforms. The features like adaptive layouts, smooth scrolling, and back-end agnostic data package makes it more feasible. The data package allows client-side collection of data, using highly functional models that have features like sorting and filtering.
Hybrid mobile apps with the code once and run anywhere approach are providing the ultimate solution for multiple platform coding. Just choose the right framework for your application and you will get the required outcome for your hybrid app.
Are there any better frameworks or important features which I missed? Do share your valuable comments here.