6 Hybrid App Development Frameworks That Will Dominate 2020

6 Hybrid App Development Frameworks That Will Dominate 2020

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.

1. Flutter

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.

2. Ionic

Everyone that has entered the world of app development has heard of Ionic. Launched 6 years ago by Drifty.co, Ionic is a mega-popular framework that allows web developers to build apps for the majority of the platforms using a single codebase. It embraces the power of classic web technologies such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and platforms like PhoneGap/Cordova to deliver native-like experience.

Ionic is so popular thanks to its rich pre-styled components, great community support and rapid development cycle.

3. React Native

React Native is a hybrid app development framework rolled out by Facebook in 2015. Most of the code is written in JavaScript, while some computationally heavy platform-specific features are done with native plugins. The framework provides numerous ready-to-use components which accelerates the development time. Thanks to hot reloading feature, a developer can keep the app running while implementing new versions and tweaking the UI.

4. Xamarin

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.

5. PhoneGap

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.

6. Framework7

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.

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