5 Mobile app development frameworks to be used in 2020

5 Mobile app development frameworks to be used in 2020

The mobile applications world has witnessed the largest technology turnaround in this decade. Its global mobile application market size was already valued at $106.27 billion in 2018 and projected to reach $407.31 billion by 2026, and expected to grow at a CAGR 18.4%. In terms of downloads as well, it stands on 194 billion downloads in 2019 with a global internet penetration standing at 57%. 

By these figures, you can self measure the potential this industry has. But we are not here to discuss these numbers. This write-up is about the frameworks available to develop these high performing applications. So read further to know about 5 app development frameworks that are leading this race, as with the knowledge of web-based languages like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript is enough to build awesome looking high performing native applications.

Explore the detailed look on every framework and its features-

React native intro

React Native is one of the most popular JavaScript frameworks used for cross-platform mobile application development. And since it is open-source, it empowers developers to build apps for both Android & iOS platforms. 

It was first released on March 26, 2015, by Facebook and since then it has gained a lot of traction in recent years. Undeniably, it paves the way for less development time and empowers developers to build reliable, powerful, and quality applications. Furthermore, it helps you to save a lot of resources and allows developers to use the same code base for both Android and iOS. 

A succinct view of React Native Features: 

Cross-Platform Development: Initially, it is only available for the iOS platform only. But given its great performance, now it supports both the platforms. In this framework, instead of using Swift, Kotlin or Java, you will be putting those building blocks together using JavaScript and React. Thus, it empowers developers to build apps with equal efficiency on both Android & iOS platforms. 

Reusable Components: It simply allows the developers to reuse the components. Both Android and iOS are having their counterparts in React, that delivers the fast and consistent results across all the platforms.

Ease of Maintenance: React Native only requires you to maintain a single code for both the platform. So maintenance is not an issue here.  

And most importantly, it uses heavy JavaScript which makes it easy for developers to move from one project to another. 

Flutter Intro

Flutter is the portable user interface framework used for building natively-compiled applications for mobile, desktop, and web. It was launched by tech giant Google on December 4th, 2018. And today, thousands of apps have been built on flutter and running on hundreds of millions of devices. 

A succinct view of Flutter Features

Native Features: Flutter is known for incorporating all critical platform challenges such as—Scrolling, Navigation, Icons, and fonts as widgets      

Scalable & Development: Flutter has many incredible reload features that enable the app development process very fast. Flutter has a rich set of customizable widgets to create native interfaces in less time. That’s why you don’t need to build everything from scratch. 

Flexible UI: Flutter allows you to add features focusing on the native end-user experiences. It has a layered architecture that allows you to customize the application in multiple ways. It resulted in fast speed, expressive & flexible designs. 

Xamarin Intro

Xamarin is also counted among the most popular open-source names for developing cross-platform applications. Originally, it was founded in 2011; but later it was acquired by Microsoft in 2016 to make the process of application development process easier and more efficient. Now, it comes with all the essential tools required to build apps with native features. 

On the lines of other frameworks, application on Xamarin also shares the common codebase and thus reduces the development time and cost. Xamarin is available to download with visual studio, and developers do not need to learn Java, Objective-C or Swift to build apps. 

A succinct view of Xamarin Features: 

Native User Interfaces: It comes with all the native user interface controls. The apps which are built on this platform have all the standard features just like built on other platforms. 

Native API Access: It empowered apps to access to all the functionality or features on multiple platforms and devices. This includes platform-specific features like ARKit and Android Multi-Window mode. 

Target All Platforms: Again here comes the USP of the framework again. It allows app development companies to use a single codebase for Android, iOS, and Windows. Again, it empowers developers to use the same language, data structure, API for at least 75% parts of the app code. 

Phone Gap Intro

Another open-source cross-platform mobile development framework, PhoneGap has ended the dependency of developers to use complex languages such as Java for Android and Swift for iOS. It allows developers to work or develop hybrid applications for all multiple mobile applications by using multiple web-based languages like HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript.  

It was launched as “Apache Cordova” by Nitobi. But Adobe purchased it later in 2011 and renamed Apache Cordova as ‘PhoneGap’. This framework has bridged between hybrid apps and native apps for mobile devices. 

A succinct view of PhoneGap Features: 

Cross-Platform Compatibility: It is designed to be compatible with all the popular mobile application platforms such as Android, iOS, etc. Just write your code once and it will run on various platforms seamlessly.  

Flexibility with Web Technologies: As the apps are built by using CSS, HTML, and JavaScript, so the developers don’t have to learn new programming languages to develop mobile applications. Now, it has been more than 9 years since its inception, so developers can find many libraries on the framework. 

Robust Support: PhoneGap is known for its robust support system. It has many guides for beginners to learn the project easily. Fortunately, it also has one of the largest and most active communities in the world. 

NativeScript Intro

Known for its ability to support and building native apps with Angular, Vue.js, TypeScript or JavaScript, NativeScript is an open-source framework. It is completely free and available widely under the Apache 2 license. 

Developers just need to be equipped with some web skills to write and deploy mobile apps for both Android and iOS with a single codebase. It is always a preferable framework for developers who want to develop an app for multiple platforms and less time and cost. 

A succinct view of the NativeScript Features

Cross-Platform: As you know it means that it allows to create for both Android and iOS platform using a single codebase. With NativeScript, developers can also use Angular or Vue to share the existing code. 

Extensible: App developers can directly access all the Android and iOS APIs with Native Script. They are also empowered to use Android SDKs, CocoaPods along with the free templates, plugins, and samples available.  

Wrapping Up

There is no doubt that the upcoming years will witness the emergence of more frameworks but the above frameworks will remain on the priority . So, if you are planning to build an application using fewer resources and time, first let us know your requirements and consult us at: https://mobcoder.com/contact

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