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The onset of digitization has infused a paradigm shift in the technological world. Business professionals are now seeking to deploy an app instead of a website. The fact that an app is a faster way to reach the audience, and promoting business via apps leverage sales and likewise growth.

According to research done by Statista, a total of 2 billion apps are available on the play store. The above could be attributed to the pace at which people are shifting from a website to a mobile applications. And why not? A mobile app helps you

  • Build your brand
  • Create an audience base easily and effectively
  • Drive a direct connection with the audience
  • Provide better support to consumers

So, when you are gifted with so many benefits who would not want to build an app for their business. Well, the idea is no doubt fascinating but the technical world stands on reality and not imagination. In order to build an app for your business, you need to consider multiple aspects. The type of app you need to build, the domain, the features you need to add, and many more. Of all these, the most important element you should decide on is the choice of framework.

So, let’s have a quick look at the different frameworks for mobile app development.

Ionic Mobile app framework

One of the most popular and freely available frameworks for mobile apps is ionic. This is the framework supported on the client-side and capable of building native apps using JavaScript,  HTML, and CSS3. Ionic framework is compatible with almost every mobile device and has the propensity to give your mobile app an extraordinary background. Using HTML5, you can build cross-platform apps. If you are looking for the most reliable framework, Ionic is the first choice. Also, the ionic framework excels in deploying progressive web apps. Where most frameworks find it hard to provide significant documentation, ionic stays ahead of them by providing excellent documentation with real-life solutions.


Xamarin Mobile app framework

Having a user base of more than 1.5 individuals, Xamarin is another name in the industry of app frameworks. If you are a C# expert, then this one is the best option for you. The platform of Xamarin provides coders a base to build native apps without having to intervene in java. Layering on top is the fact that Xamarin can develop apps in the operating system apart from Android. NET users can use this framework to deploy an app using Android for Visual Studio. One of the most common reasons why the Xamarin framework is a popular account is its ability to share code on different platforms.

It is seen that Xamarin uses layers of business logic added with data accessibility at several platforms. Owing to this, various features such as image recognition, offline mode, and local data in huge amounts can be effectively implemented. Providing fewer bugs aids in faster processing time. Another advantage of using Xamarin is its collaboration features. Developers can choose from a range of components paid or unpaid to build apps.


As the name suggests: an app accelerator boosts the app development process. It does not mandate writing lines of code but only a few. Appcelerator is compatible with platforms such as Windows, Android, iOS, and applications based on HTML5. If you are planning to build an app that would be in constant connection with the web service,  Appcelerator has to be your choice. Also, you don’t need to restrict yourselves to native apps but also cross-platform apps.

What adds to the popularity is not just the fact that the framework is to write once run everywhere but also because of the availability of various APIs. Appcelerator does not necessitate the need of the developer to be a language expert. Being platform-specific, Appcelerator is proven to have enhanced the performance of the app.


One of the ideal frameworks for the development of cross-platform apps. Working on HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript, PhoneGap helps in the creation of one app that could function well on different platforms. This framework has a range of libraries integrated that are seen to better the app functionality saving development time. It also supports the feature of plug-in architecture so developers can extend the functionality by adding more features.

No matter which platform you run the app on,  PhoneGap induces a similar look and feel to them. An excellent and powerful backend system promotes the speed of platform development with the ability to tap on the hardware of the device. Developers do not need to be an expert as the framework is self intuitive helping them build robust applications.


React Native

And the last on our list is React Native. It is one of the most framework supporting the development of cross-platform apps. React Native was launched by Facebook back in 2016. Though the framework was built in 2013 but only after being backed by Facebook has the framework earned recognition.

React Native is the open-source framework that comes with a bundle of support for IDEs along with other tools used for mobile app development. Today react-native forms are based on more than 500 companies. From Tesla to Instagram and Walmart, they have built apps using the framework of React Native. Developers have the freedom to optimize the existing code to React Native to include additional features in the app and stay ahead of the customers.

So, there was the five most popular framework used for mobile app development. But the options aren’t limited and you can use frameworks apart from the ones mentioned above. The app development is a cyclic procedure and the framework to be used is merely the way you view the app. The features and layout remain the same. Before you head towards choosing the framework, draw a layout of your app. This helps you reduce the total time taken in developing apps. Only after you have created a rough draft of the app flow, you can then choose the framework and move on with the process of mobile app development.


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