While the jury is still out on which is the better way to build apps – native or hybrid, there is simply no resisting the charm of getting an elegantly functional, native quality app that can be developed once and used on both Android and iOS. And even though nothing beats the exquisite feel of a native app, modern hybrid apps have come a long way in providing you an immaculate performance, while saving you time and money. So unless you need a super extra high-performance app with specs like 60fps, 3D rendering, and holographic VR, you can bet on hybrid apps to fire up your business and keep users engaged.
Among other technologies, modern and powerful hybrid app development frameworks have a big role to play in the ascension of hybrid apps to near-native standards. So if you are planning to dabble in the world of hybrid apps, here’s an overview of the 7 best hybrid app development frameworks.
2. React Native
Instead of running in WebView, React Native apps run natively, which is a large improvement over earlier hybrid apps. A platform-specific interface can be applied, so the app uses native APIs and callouts, giving the app a much more authentic native appeal. This polished utility of native apps mixed with the cost-effective development and reusability of hybrid apps is one of the big reasons why React Native is the hybrid app framework of the future.
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4. Mobile Angular UI
Another popular choice, Mobile Angular UI is quite similar to Sencha Touch. Originally an HTML framework, Mobile Angular UI can be used as an extension to Bootstrap 3. However, it doesn’t have any dependency on Bootstrap 3 or even jQuery for that matter. So all you need is Angular JS directives and you can get cracking on your latest hybrid app. Mobile Angular UI is now easily available on Github for free and can be used under an MIT license.
5. jQuery Mobile
If old really is gold, jQuery Mobile is indeed a precious framework for app developers. It doesn’t try to mimic Android or iOS apps. Instead, it lays focus on developing quality web apps that work flawlessly across all mobile web browsers including not just iOS and Android but also Windows and Blackberry. It is lightweight, relatively easy to learn and has ample support for PhoneGap/Cordova.
In addition to its open source framework, Kendo.UI also has an enterprise edition. It extends UI support for jQuery, Angular, React and several others. It lets you create responsive, data-rich apps, thanks to its powerful data-binding, ready-to-use themes, and cross-browser compatibility. The rich arsenal of UI components – all the way from DropDowns, buttons, and menus to Spreadsheets, Charts, Scheduler, and Maps – make Kendo.UI an absolute delight to develop with.
So those are 6 of our favorite hybrid app development frameworks that simplify, speed up and economize the process of app development without compromising the performance. While some niche businesses may still prefer to stick to native app development, you can develop stunning apps using one of these hybrid app frameworks, if you are in the market for a quicker, cost-effective solution.