There were times when developers were dependent on just a couple of native frameworks to develop mobile apps. But, the technological revolution changed the trend with the introduction of multiple hybrid app frameworks, supporting cross-platform app development.
That became a continuous process as we come across various technology and that becomes a trend, and the process is still on. The app that was in trend in 2018 may not be in 2019.
But, many of us may be thinking and exploring the way to find which technology will rule the coming years -2019. So, I have put a little effort to bring you some of the most talked and rising technologies or you can say the frameworks that will affect the technological trend.
What is the Trend Now ?
Hybrid app development is a trend now, and probably it is all set to go a long way. It has given developers the flexibility to write codes once and use them for cross vary platforms such as Android, iOS, Windows, Blackberry, etc.
Where is the Problem, then?
From the developers’ end, the technological revolution has brought great benefits to them. But, it has created a bit complexities for them to decide and choose the right framework, at the same time. Most of our clients have expressed their concerned regarding the selection of the right framework to develop mobile apps.
Here’s the Take!
I have noticed through some of the clients that they often stuck between two different frameworks. Finally, it depends on developers and their experience of working with multiple frameworks. That is that only way to help the clients in the selection process. So, considering these unsolved circumstances, I thought to write something informative and helping developers to take a wise decision, in terms of selecting the right frameworks.
To make my effort helpful and worth reading, I have contacted some of the expert developers and asked their views on the selection of frameworks. Besides, I have also done some research, read reviews and contacted communities.
Finally, I have rounded up some of the top demanding frameworks which are to be the most demanding in 2019. It will help you decide the right framework confidently.
React Native is the most shout after framework by both developers and clients. The hybrid nature and cross-platform support have made it popular in the tech arena. It has ended the traditional way of mobile app development: no need to write codes for Android and iOS separately. Even no need to use two different programming language for both frameworks. It helps you create a hybrid app which gives the native-like feel.
Let’s take a look at its benefits and excellent features.
- React Native developed by Facebook
- It offers maximum code reuse
- 95% codes are shareable across cross-platform
- A little code modification required to deploy on Android and iOS
- It saves development time and cost
- It provides ‘Live Reloading’ feature to see the changes instantly
- Apps built on React Native performs faster than the app built on other platforms
Flutter is new, but it is all set to rule the roost with its outstanding performance. Many call it a competitor of React Native. Both support cross-platform mobile app development. It provides high-quality native experience on iOS and Android. The framework became popular much before its stable version release. Flutter 1.0 launched on December 4, 2018 and it received a positive response from the developers across the world.
Let’s take a look.
- Google develops flutter
- Flutter is an app engine and can be used to embed into the app or built the new one
- Google XD supports it
- It became popular much before its stable release
- Most of the top organization have already started developing an app on Flutter Preview
- It is not language, rather an SDK
- Dart is official programming language of Flutter
- With its stable release on December 4, Dart upgraded to 2.0
- It helps developers to create native interfaces on Android and iOS
- Flutter offers a rich set of widgets that are helpful for iOS and Android
- It does not use WebView or OEM widgets; rather it draws widgets using its own rendering engine
You would also like to read: Google Launches Flutter 1.0 – All you need to know
It will be a wise step if you keep Ionic in the top app development framework list.
Here are some top noted features and benefits of Ionic.
- Ionic is based on SASS, and it is a completely free framework
- It holds UI components in bulk that helps to create robust application
- Developers using Ionic with HTML5 create hybrid apps
- It offers custom elements and comes equipped with powerful CLI
- It has a beautiful default UI with plenty of useful features
While going through Xamarin, I found that there are plenty of frameworks available to create mobile applications and each has its own way of developing apps. But, the features, components and development tools are almost the same. However, what I found in Xamarin is totally different from others and one such example is it uses single programming language -C#.
Basically used for developing Android, iOS and Windows apps, Microsoft holds the ownership of Xamarin. It offers developers C# codebase support which are shareable across cross vary platforms such as Windows and Mac OS. If you consider for time and cost saving tools or frameworks, then Xamarin can be the best option for you.
Mobile Angular UI
Do you want to build a responsive app? Are you looking for some quality frameworks to make your development easy? Do you prefer Bootstrap and Angular? Yes…? Then, Mobile Angular UI is the best selection. UI stands for the combination of Bootstrap and Angular, and it turns into a great hybrid mobile app development framework. Developers, using the Mobile Angular UI with HTML5, can build a scalable application.
More than that, Mobile Angular UI has Bootstrap 3 syntax, that I have already discussed, that helps developers to convert the web apps into Mobile easily. Bootstrap mainly makes your app design responsive that lets the app customized automatically according to the devices. MAUI also have new components which are worth knowing such as sidebars, Navbars with Absolute positioning, overlays, Scrollable areas, etc.
Besides, there are more features to make your development work most commendable.
When it comes to create only one version of the code and run it across all devices, JQuery Mobile tops the list. It is an HTML5 framework that runs across all devices and also across all Operating Systems. Developers can develop apps for Android, iOS, Windows or others with the help of JQuery Mobile. The framework is available for custom as well as stable version download.
In fact, JQuery Mobile follows a simple mantra ‘Write Less, Do More’ and that makes it a favorite of every developer as it promotes simplicity. There are so many things required to make your website run properly. JQuery Mobile is all capable enough to make app function flawlessly, even if there is no Adobe Flash installed.
What I liked about the Adobe PhoneGap is its ‘work together’ feature that enables developers to divide the modules among the team members and work on the single project at a time. This is incredibly amazing as you can work faster beyond imagination.
Corona SDK is the best open-source framework that allows developers to create 10 times faster 2D mobile applications for cross-platform such as iOS, Android and Kindle. Lua is considered as a light-weight programming language, and it is integrated into Corona SDK. That results in providing flexibility to developers to create fast-performing apps. Mainly used for developing gaming apps, Corona SDK is also used for developing universal apps that require balanced speed and usability.
To me, developers prefer this framework to develop 2D games due to its faster process. However, it can be used for general app purposes as well. Interestingly, you get plenty of fast-performing apps, though to make the fully adaptable you need to take help of other frameworks too.
Going through online searches, I found Native Scripts listed among the best framework for 2019 to create quality hybrid apps for cross vary platforms. Created by Progress and backed by Telerik -a Bulgarian software company, the Native Script supports Angular and Vue frameworks. It gives outstanding development result using plugins developed by the community.
There are some of the notable features of Native Scripts such as Native API reflection which controls native API endpoints. Angular integration, on the other hand, allows developers to share codes between web and mobile apps. That’s great, by the way.
What I liked the most about the framework is it does not limit your imagination, rather it gives you complete freedom to explore as much as you can. However, it has a drawback, in my opinion, that it is not compatible with all platform. It has a rich collection of UI Components, Material Themes, and many others. You would definitely like to work with Framework7 if you want to create an app that gives the native-like feel.
At the End
In short, when it comes to app development frameworks, the sky is the limit. Yes, as you come across new framework almost every months. So, I cannot claim that the frameworks I have suggested will remain the best forever. However, as of now, I have found them the best among all those I have gone through. In fact, it does not stop here, and you have a long way to explore. So, if you come across any that is more beneficial, let us know me as well. Your comment, suggestion and references will be highly commendable.