The question is – which hybrid mobile app framework to use for your mobile development projects? Below is our Top 4 list.
The leader in the independent development field is arguably Ionic. Ionic’s development team keeps the framework regularly updated, so it’s generally ahead of the competition. Further, Ionic is free, while its closest rivals are costly. In addition, it’s open source and thus sports a massive environment of resources from the development community.
With a rich set of features and tools that allow interactive apps development that has never felt easier, Ionic is at the top of its class.
Overall, while Ionic is the preference for indie developers and freelancers, Sencha is preferred by enterprises.
Because of its clean workflow and diverse features, as well as the fact that it can be installed on Windows, OS X, and Linux, Intel XDK is increasing in popularity. With the ability to build apps for iOS, Windows Phone, Android, Tizen, and Firefox OS, as well as Amazon, Facebook, and Chrome web apps, it’s a real up-and-comer in the market. And perhaps most importantly, developers are actually reporting that working in Intel XDK is the easiest out of all the hybrid frameworks.
Kendo comes with a great set of design themes as well as a theme builder for custom themes. The excellence of this feature is one of the things that really sets Kendo apart from the competition. Because it’s maintained and supported by Telerik, Kendo is embedded in a large open-source development community and comes with a number of commercial licensing options. However, given its open-source roots, you are limited in terms of the features and technical support you can get with Kendo.
Major companies use Kendo – Sony, NASA, Microsoft, Volvo, and Toshiba to name a few. So it’s a real competitor and a great option for enterprises.
Choosing a hybrid mobile app framework for developing cross-platform mobile apps depends on three things – who you are, what you want from a development platform, and what you want your app to be in the end.
If you’re an independent developer or a small company, you might want to go with Ionic or Intel XDK. Choosing between these depends on whether you want to develop inside a larger, more established environment and feel comfortable with complexity (then go with Ionic), or you like the thrill of a newcomer and are interested in ease of use (then go with Intel XDK).
If you’re a relatively large enterprise, then you might want to try Sencha Touch or Kendo UI. Both are more expensive, but they come with a huge set of templates, themes, and tools. Sencha Touch is going to have the superior technical support and a wider array of features, but Kendo UI is going to come with the advantages that come with an open-source development community and a better custom theme creation tool.
In short, if you’re looking for a great hybrid mobile app framework, you can’t go wrong with one of these industry leaders.