Top Mobile App Development Frameworks for 2019

September 26, 2019 6:58 am


The number of active smartphone users in our world is expected to cross 10 billion in the next couple of years. With so many smartphone users out there, the probability is higher for customers to visit your website from their mobile device rather than a desktop. So it is necessary for your business to focus on developing mobile apps for your customers alongside having a website.

Cross-Platform Mobile Development Frameworks and Native Mobile Development Frameworks are the two specialized frameworks for mobile development, similar to that of web frameworks for creating web apps and websites. In this blog post, we will dive into some of the Top Mobile App Development Frameworks for 2019.


List of Top Mobile App Development Frameworks for 2019


1. React Native

React Native is a mobile framework that is based on ReactJS and Javascript. It was initially designed by Facebook for building mobile apps.

React Native Development helps mobile app developers to build User Interfaces without following the traditional method, where developers build User Interfaces with Javascript and native Web APIs. When it comes to building user interfaces with React Native, it utilizes actual iOS or Android components. It uses JSX(Javascript-XML), which is similar to that of XML, for building the UI.

Pros of React Native

  • React Native works with a virtual DOM(Document Object Model). A virtual DOM is a regular Javascript object that can be constantly manipulated and updated, without using regular DOM APIs.
  • React Native prevents the constant update of DOM, which offers better performance for your mobile app when compared to other libraries and frameworks.
  • React Native is very easy to learn. It is pretty much easy to get started with, for developers who had previous experience with JavaScript. 
  • Mobile app development with this framework is very fast. Besides its cross-platform capability, it comes with a “Hot Reloading feature” that helps you to view the changes that you make in your code in real-time.
  • React Native uses built-in components that can be used for development without the need to build them from scratch.

Cons of React Native

  • Apps that are built with React Native won’t be able to deliver the performance like that of native apps. Especially with apps that require advanced functionalities.
  • Since React Native uses  Javascript as its core language, apps built with it can have issues with memory management.

2. Flutter

Flutter is an open-source mobile app SDK developed by Google. With Flutter, it is easy for developers to build immersive and beautiful UI for both  Android and iOS when compared with other cross-platform frameworks. Apps that are built on Flutter can fully compile to native code which gives it a flawless native feel.

Pros of Flutter

  • Debugging the apps that are built by using Flutter is much easier because of the ability to see changes that you made in your code on your mobile or emulator in real-time.
  • Flutter is relatively easy to learn than most of the other languages since it runs on Dart, which is a simple and fast object-oriented programming language.

Cons of Flutter

  • Flutter is entirely a new language, because of this developers should learn it from scratch. Whereas, It won’t be an issue for experienced developers since it is fairly easy to pick-up.
  • It will be difficult to develop apps that require a lot of device-specific functions such as high-end games with Flutter.

3. Xamarin

Xamarin is an open-source mobile app framework which is owned by the tech giant Microsoft. Android and iOS apps can be built with Xamarin by using C#. This framework delivers the best native interface for its users and also has the support of a large developer community. Xamarin compiles its code to native code for the individual platforms when compared to the hybrid apps that make use of web technologies.

Pros of Xamarin

  • Since it uses native UI elements, it delivers its users with highly immersive and rich UI.
  • With the help of Xamarin.Forms, you can easily design uniform UI across multiple platforms.
  • Xamarin Development can deliver decent performance when compared to other frameworks such as  Ionic, PhoneGap, Corona SDK, etc.

Cons of Xamarin

  • The IDE for Xamarin can be quite expensive when compared with other similar frameworks. You must shell out at least $2600 yearly for its IDE.
  • Developers can sometimes face issues while integrating third-party libraries with this framework.
  • Xamarin apps usually have a very large size when compared with similar apps that are built by using other frameworks.

4. Ionic

Ionic is an open-source and cross-platform mobile app framework that is based on Apache Cordova and Angular. In the latest release of this framework, developers have the choice for selecting any UI framework, such as React, Angular or Vue.js.

Pros of Ionic

  • This framework is very easy to work with since it uses regular web technologies such as HTML, CSS, and Angular.
  • Developers can save a lot of time by using this framework since it comes with highly detailed documentation.
  • Ionic comes with plenty of plugins and components that look similar to that of native elements.

Cons of Ionic

  • Ionic is on the lower side when it comes to developing apps that have heavy graphics requirements.
  • The performance of ionic apps is not that great when compared with other native apps. 

We hope you got some basic insights about the Top Mobile App Development Frameworks for 2019.

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