If you are looking to develop mobile apps with anything other than the native approach, you will likely find yourself considering hybrid app development frameworks.
Below you will find 6 cross-platform development frameworks that are currently used by thousands of developers, and that will probably remain popular in the year ahead.
Flutter is one of the youngest players among the cross-platform technologies, but yet somehow it managed to climb on the top of our list. The creator of this framework is Google, which encourages the app developers to learn the new technology by providing a broad documentation on how to configure your environment. One thing that can be overlooked when discussing Flutter are widgets – the main building blocks of a Flutter application. There are two types of widgets – stateless and stateful widgets.
Since Flutter is a relatively new framework, its community is not as extensive as Ionic, React Native or Xamarine, which is considered by many its main drawback.
Ionic is so popular thanks to its rich pre-styled components, great community support and rapid development cycle.
3. React Native
Founded in 2011, Xamarin is one of the oldest cross-platform frameworks out there. The project was acquired by Microsoft in 2016, and became part of its Visual Studio IDE. Over 15,000 companies from fields like transport, energy and health care rely on Xamarin. This framework utilizes C# with .net environment to develop iOS, Android and Mac applications.
Adobe's PhoneGap has positioned itself as one of the most popular frameworks for building hybrid apps in 2019, and will surely continue to be among the top players in the next year.
This is an open-source platform distributed by Apache Cordova. It allows users to develop an app using a single codebase that runs on all devices. Additionally, a developer can reuse old web development skills that are supported by different languages such as HTML and CSS to build hybrid apps.
Framework7 is a free, open-source framework which can be used for building desktop, mobile or web apps with native look and feel. Framework7 includes a bunch of ready-to-use UI elements and widgets such as popup, modals, popover, action sheet, list views, tabs, side panels, form elements etc. One of the most important Framework7 features is that it uses only native scrolling.