App development has grown leaps and bounds over the last few years. Smartphones and mobile apps have contributed immensely to uplift people’s lives. This very change in technology has made mobile app development much easier than ever before. In recent years, the most significant change in app development has been the introduction of multiple frameworks. When we discuss app development frameworks, it is important to focus on the native vs hybrid app development.
Due to the increase in cross-platform frameworks, there is a huge demand for mobile app developers. Hybrid apps are more popular than ever because the end users can connect through a range of devices. Earlier, we have discussed Hybrid App Development in one of our blogs this month. First let us discuss the reasons to choose Hybrid App Development.
Native Like User Experience
The beauty of Hybrid apps lies in providing most of what native user experience offers with a compact backend structure. This fluid native feel is uniform irrespective of the device.
Money is a primary concern for every new business looking to develop a mobile app. More often than not, hybrid app development is economically viable as it costs half compared to a native mobile app.
A hybrid mobile app is much faster than a native mobile app or a responsive website. These apps are focused on performance and loads faster on all types of devices.
The advantage of a hybrid app is that there is no limit to how much they can expand and support multiple platforms. Though, the performance across various platforms depends on the framework used to develop the app.
Offline support of a hybrid app is one of the most promising features ever. In a hybrid app, end users can store specific data locally due to the device’s API as offline storage.
Now that we have established the benefits of hybrid app development, let us move to some of the most notable frameworks for your business needs.
React native was and will be the top most framework for hybrid app development. React Native App Development, built by Facebook is the one of the most popular frameworks among app developers. The main objective of this framework is to develop native apps over hybrid apps. Developers tend to prefer this framework as it provides native like features to the users.
React Native is mostly used to develop iOS and android apps with a primary JS codebase. Mobile app developers who are experienced in Swift and Java love working on this framework to create innovative mobile apps. Salient features of React Native include:
- High powered performance, delivered with native code.
- Supports Node.js
- Faster development turn-around.
- Same codebase for iOS and Android.
- Auto-error detection.
- Backed by a community of app developers.
Ionic is feature-rich, easy to implement framework for building a hybrid mobile app. It is an open source SDK and based on CSS, works well when paired with Angular JS. Mobile app developers prefer Ionic for hybrid app development as it is easy to use and enjoyable at the same time.
Ionic has a vast library with front-end building and premier user interface components to develop enticing Progressive Web Apps (PWAs). Additionally, it assists developers achieve UI design aspects like image design and placement, typography, themes and more. Notable features include:
- A rich collection of salient features
- Code once and apply across all platforms.
- Easy to maintain codes with faster turnaround time.
- Free debugging tools.
- Live reload system and preview app mode available.
- Supported by a large developer community.
Xamarin is a preferred framework for building cross-platform apps with a native user experience. It imbibes the WORA (Write Once, Run anytime) concept. This enables the app developers to use the same code for different operating systems like iOS, Android, Windows etc.
Xamarin uses C# language for building apps which allows the framework to use .Net features. Moreover, Xamarin has a vast group of app developers for extended support. Notable features of Xamarin include:
- Supported by Microsoft.
- More than 70% code is reusable between different OS.
- Provides the same performance as a native mobile app.
- Platform specific features on top of general codebase.
- Ease of testing.
PhoneGap’s primary feature is ‘Build’, a cloud compiler that compiles app without installing any SDKs. Mobile app developers can build a feature-rich, full customised hybrid mobile app with ease. Notable features of PhoneGap include:
- Cross compatibility for Windows, iOS and Android.
- Free to use with limited knowledge of coding.
- Faster turnaround time supported by multiple mobile OS.
- Better access to Native APIs.
- Easy to use, highly flexible.
- Plugin architecture compatibility.
Flutter is an app SDK for building high performance apps for iOS, Android and web apps using a single codebase. It’s Google’s answer to create visually remarkable hybrid apps. Though relatively new, Flutter has a good chance to outperform its competitors in the near future.
Moreover, Flutter is a smart choice when it comes to crafting an interactive MVP. The flexible design components allow app developers to build a stunning UI in quick time. Salient features of Flutter include:
- Super fast, flexible framework.
- Real-time updates.
- Compatible with Android, iOS and Windows.
- Vast choice of widgets for ease of customization.
- Open-source SDK available to everyone.
One more framework in this extensive list is Intel XDK. Intel XDK simplifies workflow and allows app developers to design, develop and deploy apps across multiple platforms. Additionally, Intel XDK can assist developers work on tasks ranging from emulation, debugging or testing. Notable features include:
- Extended support for Android, iOS and Windows.
- Developer friendly features and one-stop solution for developers.
- Synchronised activities for multiple operating systems.
- Extensive toolkit for all developer needs.
- Stable framework for comfortable working environment.
- Responsive websites for various devices.
- Convenient menus to create user-friendly apps.
- Add-ons for custom themes.
- No prior knowledge is required.
Corona SDK is your best bet if you want bright and attractive graphics for your apps, especially for the gaming industry. It is one of the most reliable frameworks for enterprises, 2D games and educational apps. Commercial software providers can use Corona SDK for quick monetization of their apps. Moreover, it uses Lua as a scripting language for real-time testing. Notable features of Corona SDK include:
- Instant updates for developers.
- Simulator available with necessary features.
- Good planned out API.
- Extensive guidelines to help you master the framework.
- Powered by Lua, a lightweight scripting language.
There are many notable frameworks available today based on your business needs. We have listed some of the best frameworks for hybrid app development. If you have any questions or would like to know more, you can drop a comment or can send us a message through our Contact Us page.
Dhruvil is a Writer & Marketeer for Nimblechapps, joining December 2014, based out of Sydney, Australia. He has worked briefly as a Branding and Digital Marketing Manager before moving to Australia. At Nimblechapps, he worked on Social Media Marketing, Branding, Email Marketing and Blogging. Dhruvil studies Business at University of Western Sydney, and also handles Operations for the company in Australia.