Building mobile app for your business, what’s the best mobile app framework?

A winning recipe: Take your mobile web application. Cook it with mobile app development framework and you’re done. Your web app is now a native mobile app for Google Play Store, Apple’s Appstore and Amazon Appstore.

Now, what exactly is the mobile app framework?

In simple words, it’s a software framework that transforms your mobile web application into a mobile app for different platforms. Of course, deploying a mobile app with this method is more complex that the definition in simple words. But there are certain frameworks that give a more flexible route to mobile app development.

We are in a world of so many apps and so little time. In that case these frameworks are an attractive options for business owners or app developers who want to expand their app’s user base and have a wider reach.

So we can say that app development is no longer just about having the right app, but it is about being available for wider audiences.

Do you know, there are 70+ app marketplaces worldwide? In this case we see mobile app framework is an attractive option to build a mobile app. But which to choose with so many options available?

Here’s a guide to figure it out.

Phonegap

fm1Phonegap has established itself as the most popular frameworks when you opt for fast multiplatform mobile app development. It is especially known for its stability and flexibility because it uses popular development languages like HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

It also includes wide range of plugins to make app with multiple integrations. It can also be used in collaboration with other frameworks for more customized builds.

Best for: Web developers with knowledge of HTML, CSS and JS

Titanium Appcelarator

fm2Titanium Appcelarator is another popular framework choice, used by Paypal and ZipCar apps. This framework is mostly based on JavaScript. The app built using this framework looks almost similar to a natively designed app.

Best for: JS developers

Xamarin

fm3Xamarin is favorite for app developers especially with flexible budget. The paid version of this framework really shines. Additionally the developer must be knowledgeable in using APIs to access devices’ camera and geolocation or any other features.

It works best for developers with a knowledge of C# programming language. Using this language the framework compile into native android, iOS or windows app code.

Some of the popular apps built uising Xamarin: Survery Solution Tester (by The World Bank), Honeywell, Coca Cola, Freshdirect, etc.

Best for: C# developers

CodeName One

fm4CodeName One though a new comer in the market, it has amassed over 20,000+ SDK downloads and is highly popular in transforming Java into the mobile app code. For an instance an Android developer seeking to build an app for iOS, could use the framework CodeName One to transform the app.

Best for: Java and Android developers

Trigger.io

fm5Trigger.io describes itself as “ the simplest way to build mobile apps”. This framework uses real native UI components and supports vast collection of APIs with out-of-the-box features. It works best for the team with a large budget because it enables greatly to take advantage of framework’s paid features.

The best part is feature “Reloads” which allows to make any update to your app without prompting users to install the latest updates.

Best for: Large budget and faster builds

Apportable

fm6Apportable is a popular choice for game developers and is based on Objective C language. We can say that this is the quick and smart way to deploy your apps to the two biggest platforms. It uses clang to cross-compile Objective-C to native ARM and x86 machine code – no virtual machines, emulators, or Java translation. Your app will run faster than a Java equivalent.

Best for: iOS developers, game developers

In a nutshell

Though these frameworks promise to deliver easy “one code fits all” experience, each framework has their own set of advantages capabilities. Since a decade we’ve seen a rapid shift towards mobile development for business and it shows future is surely mobile. Time will come when we won’t even use the word mobile, the future will be digital.

Here comes the advantage of cross platform app development allowing developer or business owners to mart their presence on several app store at a time.

Got query for your mobile app development? Talk to us for a free consultation and let your app be reached by billions of devices.

  • By Twitchtime
  • July 31, 2017
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