Top 4 Mobile App Frameworks

Yana Troianska

December 28, 2018

Mobile had already crowded out desktop devices, as before laptops pushed PC out of focus. What is the next thing that is going to force mobile devices out of the market? We can only guess.

But market prediction is not what we want to speak about. We prefer to live in the present and find out what tools will help us build cool mobile apps in the future.

We will review the top four picks for mobile development frameworks that will prosper in 2019.

3 Of The Best Frameworks For Mobile App Development

1. Flutter

Flutter Beautiful native apps in record time

Flutter is a framework for cross-platform mobile development with an accent on a user interface. The product is backed by Google. At first sight, another cross-platform framework seems nothing new, but Flutter can surprise. The toolkit enables native iOS and Android applications to be built using Dart, Google’s own programming language.

What makes Flutter stand out is the rendering of the application. Frameworks like PhoneGap, Apache Cordova, and Ionic use WebView to render views since, for front-end languages, it’s difficult to talk directly to native code. For creating visual views of the screen, Flutter uses 2D engine Skia. It already comes with built-in Material Design and Cupertino-style widgets. So, IOS and Android devices do not need to use third parties widgets.

Also, Flutter offers the best hot-reload functionality. It allows a developer to make changes to an app while on the go. So, testing can be done seamlessly without restarting the application

Flutter is a simple and fast framework enabling to build of beautiful apps for multiple platforms from a single codebase. With its customizability and extensibility, Flutter has become a powerful alternative to the existing mobile toolkits.

2. NativeScript

Native mobile apps with Angular Vue.js TypeScript JavaScript NativeScript

NativeScript is an open-source framework for creating truly native mobile applications. With NativeScript, you write your mobile application in JavaScript. What distinguishes Native Script from other cross-platform technologies is access to native platforms APIs.

NativeScript builds your applications using native iOS and Android user interface components. The applications you create are not based on the Web; therefore, they are free from the limitations of WebView-based frameworks. NativeScript also provides an impressive collection of plugins that allow you to use various native features of devices. Thus, if you need to connect to the API or features of iOS or Android as part of your application, you can do this with NativeScript.

3. Ionic

Build Amazing Native Apps and Progressive Web Apps with Ionic Framework and Angular

Ionic is a hybrid technology that allows the building full-fledged projects for IOS and Android devices. The framework provides tools and services for developing cross-platform mobile apps with Web technologies like CSS, HTML5, and Sass.

Ionic fits for building native-like mobile apps, which makes it a great toolkit for PWA development. It works with PhoneGap,, and Cordova projects, along with the accessibility of efficient core architecture. To learn more, read about web application architecture.

The Ionic framework is a great technology for making an application in shorter terms than with traditional development. A big plus of this approach is that instead of Java / Swift / Objective-C, developers can use standard web development technologies such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript / TypeScript, and Angular.

The small drawback of the technology is its performance, but it is still worth attention because of its simplicity and speed of development. 

4. Felgo 

Felgo is a cross-platform development tool for mobile app and game developers. It’s available on all major operating systems and can launch an app or game to all the major app stores.  
The major advantage of the Felgo is that you can move seamlessly between developing apps and games. The QML and JavaScript programming languages allow you to do both with the same knowledge base.  It’s also component-based, so it’s easy for new developers to learn and use.  

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