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6 Hybrid Mobile App Frameworks for UI/UX Designers

Tom Hardy  //  May 19, 2016  //  4 min read

Native codes ruled the app development arena, and then there came PhoneGap, AppGyver, Appcelerator, and others to initiate the debate between hybrid and native mobile app framework development. The effectiveness of HTML5 is hard to deny, and with the same reason, the hybrid mobile app development is gaining all sorts of praise.

The total count of mobile applications has exceeded 1.5 million (for Apple’s app store) and 1.6 million apps for Android users, among which hybrid frameworks have formed a greater part. As the demand for the exceptional framework is increasing, developers are looking to offer unique UX to users through their apps’ functionality.

As the technology is boosting at a faster rate, a number of tools and frameworks have already been developed to make the development job easier for the developers and providing a unique experience to users. There are three different types of sub-categories in app development: web, native, and hybrid mobile app development. The hybrid mobile app framework has captured the major share of the market, and as one of the best frameworks to develop a cross-platform application, the hybrid mobile app framework has made its niche position in the industry.

In today’s post, I share six hybrid mobile app frameworks you can use when starting out.

1. Ionic

Ionic is more renowned than its counterparts because it is available for free, whereas the competitors of Ionic are available in paid versions. The framework is quite scalable and has been developed with clean and easy markups. Ionic is also packed with the optimized mobile library of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript components that add more to the robustness of this framework. The frequent updates to the framework keep it updated for the developers to use. Ionic includes HTML5 and is an open-source framework. More to this, it has got Front-desk SDK that allows developers to create beautiful designs and enhance the app quality.

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2. Framework 7

Framework 7 is much more accepted than the other frameworks in the similar category like Ionic, Onsen UI. Framework 7 is now renowned as one of the best frameworks for iOS hybrid apps development that offers a set of rich features. Developers like working with this framework as it helps them include the effectivity of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript when building feature-rich applications. The icing on the cake is that Framework 7 is close to the native iOS apps and includes features like swipe back, native scrolling, high-performance animation, etc. The best thing about working with Framework 7 is that it offers a number of ready to use UI elements like side panels, modals, and more.

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3. Mobile Angular UI

Mobile Angular UI is very much like Sencha Touch. It can be used as an extension to Bootstrap 3, but doesn’t have the dependency on Bootstrap or jQuery. Because Mobile Angular UI has not any dependency on jQuery, all that is needed to create awesome mobile user experience is Angular JS directives. Mobile Angular UI is originally an HTML framework that also makes use of Bootstrap3 and Angular JS for developing interactive, engaging, and exceptional applications for the users. There are more advantages for the users as Mobile Angular UI has been made available for free that can be used under MIT license. The source is easily available at Github.

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4. Famo.us

Famo.us is the ultimate choice if you are looking for creating a smooth application. Being an open source JavaScript framework, Famous.us helps in the development of complex yet engaging apps, which is why it is one of the best choices for the developers. Because of the same reason, this is one of the best options for developers to accomplish the development of a hybrid mobile application. The best part about utilizing this framework is that it can be used as desktop web application development. Among the list of all these hybrid apps, Famo.us framework is one of the newest. It works as a framework that allows faster app development.

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5. Kendo UI

Kendo UI is all about developing modern HTML UI. Kendo UI has the components of the latest JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS standards, and offers a number of features to develop applications as per the requirements. It has additional jQuery and Angular JS support along with Bootstrap. Kendo UI falls in the category of exceptional frameworks as it has an open-source edition, as well as enterprise features in its commercial set. The Kendo UI is lightweight and allows developers to process the application development without leaving the quality at the back foot. The best news is that it includes a built-in theme builder.

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6. Sencha Touch

Nothing is better than Sencha Touch when it comes to developing cross-platform mobile applications with HTML5 and JavaScript components. Sencha Touch is the best option for the organizations for developing hybrid apps because of the higher development cost. For individual developers and freelancers, Ionic comes as the prime option due to budget friendliness. Sencha Touch includes Ext.JS, which helps in creating apps that are exceptional in performance. Developers also like to work with Sencha Touch as it helps developers build applications having native feel and look. Sencha is one of the exceptional frameworks; however, to bring the best of its functionality, a developer needs to invest considerable time.

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Conclusion

Hybrid frameworks are exceptional when utilized for the development of extraordinary applications. As the best frameworks have components of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, developers get the extended functionality to work with and create exceptional results in the form of engaging applications.

What other hybrid mobile application frameworks have you used? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

About Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy is an experienced developer at Sparx IT Solutions, a hybrid app development company. He is engaged in providing updates and innovations trending in the apps development field.
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