Mobile development frameworks are software frameworks which were made to support application development for different platforms. These frameworks are mainly a set of tools that allow different methods of web development, like HTML5, CSS3, etc., be adapted to a mobile application development platform. Some of the most famous platforms are given below –

Xamarin

Xamarin

Xamarin was founded in may 2011. It is a Microsoft-owned software company based in San Francisco, California. Xamarin tools are among the best for building cross-platform applications. These have implementations of Common Language Infrastructure (CLI) and Common Language Specifications (Microsoft.Net).

The main purpose of any mobile development framework is to provide a way for the same code to be used across as many platforms for applications as possible. Using a C# shared codebase and the Xamarin tools together makes this universality possible for Android, iOS, Windows, MacOS, and many more. It can reuse not only the code and tools, but also the functions. It is a great help in hastening the process and saves a lot of time.

Framework 7

framework 7

Framework 7 is a free, open-source framework which makes apps for iOS and Android platforms. It provides HTML, CSS, and JavaScript in an easy-to-use manner and format. This helps in creating dynamic apps which have a look similar to native apps. The styling components and inbuilt animations provided by this framework make the overall result aesthetically pleasing.

This is an extremely useful tool when it comes to producing working prototypes for apps at a short notice. This is why it is called a prototyping app tool. However, it needs to be combined with tools like Cordova and PhoneGap as it doesn’t have any facilities for app packaging.

Ionic Framework

ionic

Ionic Framework is a free, open-source MIT-licensed framework, which when produces great results when used together with AngularJS. This framework is particularly famous for its predefined and extensive features and elements. It provides web technologies like CSS, HTML5, and Sass to produce native-looking apps.

This framework provides Live Reload along with many other advanced tools and technologies for developing apps. Live Reload is used to make the job of compiling and redeploying your app at each step easier and faster. Apps can be built using the web technologies provided by the framework and installed on to devices from Play Store by employing Cordova.

PhoneGap

PhoneGap

PhoneGap is the most popular and in-demand mobile app development framework at present. This is because it facilitates the same code to be available for different platforms regardless of the device. PhoneGap is an open-source distribution of Apache Cordova framework. It employs the usage of web technologies like HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript.

There are many mobile devices which do not support HTML5 so Cordova ingrains the HTML5 code inside a native WebView, using a function interface to access its native resources. Cordova can also be extended with plug-ins allowing more functionalities to be called in from JavaScript.

Onsen UI

onsen UI

It is also an open source framework, licensed under Apache. It is relatively new but good enough to provide tough competition for the currently trending frameworks. One of the best features of this framework is that it gives you an option of using multiple frameworks like Angular, Angular 2, React, etc or using just JavaScript to build apps.

It can write apps in HTML5 and JavaScript. It then employs the usage of PhoneGap and Cordova for combining the overall work to build a full-fledged app. It is readily available, easy to use, flexible and also free for commercial projects.

Mobile Angular UI

AngularJS

Mobile Angular UI is an open source licensed as free under MIT. It uses a combination of Angular framework and Bootstrap3 to produce mind-blowing HTML5 app experiences. It might use Bootstrap but it has no dependency on any Bootstrap libraries, including jQuery.

It only uses AngularJS directives. For better experiences, it employs fastclick.js and overthrow.js. It has multiple UI components like – sidebars, overlays, switched, etc. Most query files can be added or removed as per your jurisdiction.

For mobile application development, when choosing a framework, you must focus on features which will reduce your time and effort. It is preferable if the framework is capable of reusing the same code for multiple platforms as well. Hybrid models are not the perfect solution but in today’s world where speed and time-efficiency are of the utmost importance, these bring forth the best results with minimum expense and resources.

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