The mobile app market is growing by leaps and bounds. It may seem oversaturated with 5,000,000+ mobile apps in Apple App Store and Google Play Store combined but it still has the potential to accommodate your unique idea.
Yes, that’s right.
According to a report by AppAnnie, both the number of apps in app stores and the money users spend on them will keep growing in 2022 and years beyond.
But, how do you develop an app that stands out among a big pool of already thriving applications with innovative ideas? What helps mobile apps stand out among their competitors?
Along with a unique app idea, you need the right set of technologies to develop such an app.
There are several mobile app development tools, technologies, libraries, and frameworks to deliver the best ever experience on small screens. But, it is crucial that you select the right ones that are suitable for your business needs when embarking on the journey to develop your dream app. Otherwise, you will face many challenges en-route that will be expensive to tackle.
To help you out, in this article, we are going to talk about best mobile app development frameworks, their pros, cons, and features to help you choose the one for your project according to your specific needs. So, without further ado, let’s get started.
In simple words, mobile application development frameworks are tool kits having pre-built code libraries, software development kits (SDKs), and API tools to help developers build robust apps fast. While using a framework for developing a mobile app, you do not have to start from scratch and can focus on app logic more.
In other words, a framework is an already existing skeleton using which developers can build an app by just integrating the app logic into it. This is the best way to develop a custom application while saving time and money without reinventing the wheel.
There are two types of mobile app development frameworks and you can select one from them:
Although mobile development frameworks make the development of a mobile application seamless, it is very much possible to create an app without using a framework. For example, you can develop truly native applications using languages like Java, Kotlin, Objective-C, or Swift for Android and iOS platforms.
Also Read: How to Choose the Right Mobile App Development Tech Stack or Framework?
There are several frameworks available in the market to develop a mobile app in 2022. Almost all these frameworks follow industry standards and help budding entrepreneurs develop their dream apps. However, to select the right one, you need to look into three primary factors:
So, in this blog, we will explore top mobile app development frameworks available in the market using these three parameters. So, let’s explore the list:
Flutter is Google’s UI toolkit for developing attractive and natively compiled apps for mobile and web from a single codebase. Flutter applications are created using Dart, which is an object-oriented programming language and the idea behind it revolves around widgets.
Though Flutter does not use OEM widgets, it provides its own ready-made widgets which look native to iOS (Cupertino) and Android (Material Design) apps.
At Apptunix, we have developed several cross-platform applications using Flutter, and here is why it made it to the top of this list:
Let’s now look at some of the disadvantages of Flutter.
Flutter is an amazing mobile development framework for creating on-demand applications, gaming apps, and photo editing apps. Flutter also allows for Machine Learning integration (for example, speech or face recognition) in the app. So, if you are planning to use ML, you must give Flutter a thought. Here is a list of 10 Successful Apps Built with Flutter Framework.
Here are the advantages you get when using this amazing framework:
Let’s now look at some of the disadvantages of React Native:
React is a best mobile app development framework for all types of apps except graphic-intensive games. To develop such apps, native languages are always preferred. In addition, React Native can also be used while building a Native app to develop a single or group of views for lowering the development cost.
You can check out the difference between the top two mobile app development frameworks i.e. React Native and Flutter in our comprehensive blog on React Native vs Flutter: Who is the Winner?
Backed by Microsoft, Xamarin is the Best Framework for Hybrid Mobile App Development as it can be used to build apps for various platforms including iOS, Android, Apple Watch, and Android Wear. It is based on C# and .Net resulting in shared logic across operating systems.
Developers who use Xamarin can also access the .Net ecosystem of libraries and packages. Let’s check out its pros and cons.
Let’s look at some of the disadvantages of Xamarin:
The main use case of Xamarin is to create data-driven mobile applications that leverage stock UI components & benefit immensely by sharing the main software layer for data handling and processing. It can also be used for creating gaming apps, unlike React Native.
Ionic also works well with Trigger.io, PhoneGap, and Cordova projects and has many other benefits like working with a strong SDK called Angular. Let’s look at all of its benefits:
Let’s look at some of the disadvantages of Ionic:
Ionic can be used for building stock trading, workout, and fitness-based applications as some of the apps from these industries built using Ionic are very popular. For example, MarketWatch, TD Trading, and Sworkit.
You can check out the full-fledged comparison of the top four mobile app development frameworks to select the right one for your business in our comprehensive blog on React Native vs Flutter vs Xamarin vs Ionic.
Angular is a dynamic and full-featured framework created with the mobile-first approach. The framework is well-known in the industry for its stability and detailed documentation. Let’s check out its advantages and disadvantages in detail:
Let’s look at some of the disadvantages of Angular:
Angular can be used for developing a variety of applications. For example, you can use Angular for the development of video streaming apps, real-time data apps, content-based, and eCommerce apps. However, it is not suitable for developing games or heavy analytical mobile applications.
Also Read: 7 Best Web Development Frameworks (Backend and Frontend)
It is also an amazing framework for Android and iOS mobile app development. JQuery Mobile has a massive set of plugins for UI development and a lot of backing by GitHub. It is a blessing for programmers who are planning to build HTML5-based multi-platform apps for iOS or Android.
Let’s now look at some of the disadvantages of JQuery Mobile:
You can build simple and responsive mobile apps using JQuery Mobile but this environment is not great for resource-intensive apps and software solutions.
So, this was the list of the top six mobile app development frameworks that big brands are using at present to capitalize on opportunities in their markets. Now, if you are planning to launch your dream app in 2022, contact mobile app development experts at Apptunix. We will be happy to provide you with all the necessary guidance on which framework will suit your app idea the best.
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Nikhil Bansal is the Founder and CEO of Apptunix, a leading Software Development Company helping startups as well as brands in streamlining their business processes with intuitive and powerful mobile apps. After working in the iOS app development industry for more than 10 years, he is now well-equipped with excellent problem-solving and decision-making techniques.
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