Which Frameworks are Best for Creating Cross-Platform apps?

Introduction 

It’s no rocket science but some common sense that you must initially ensure a vast consumer base to ensure more revenue. Not to mention, countless companies are still struggling to gain more users by applying more promotional strategies. On the other side, if you are developing an app, make sure to build it in a cross-platform framework to confirm that a distinct mobile user can access it to ensure a bulky user base.

Mobile application development in Florida is seeking out as well to cover a more extensive user base. In this case, app developers in Florida must know a cross-platform framework to gain the highest income pay. Moreover, the current advancement is also taking the competition to another level. To rephrase it, your app must fulfill almost all the user requirements; it should be fast, user-friendly, entail frequent updates, and importantly, run on many devices.

Today, the trend and demand for cross-platform app development frameworks have touched the sky limit. More and more companies have moved from a native app and focusing more on cross-platform development frameworks. The prime reason that got cross-platform frameworks a success is that it offers a broad spectrum of users and “all-in-one-solution.” With that said, due to its escalated demand, considerable spread in cross-platform development has emerged. Provided that, we are now drowned in uncertainty to choose from these various cross-platform frameworks.

If you want your app to be explicit in every tiny detail, don’t forget to choose a cross-platform framework wisely. Hence, this article can assist you in this regard. It has gathered some of the best cross-platform frameworks for you. And this will openly discuss and help you find the best fit as per your needs. 

Flutter

Flutter cross-platform app has made a phenomenal entrance in the present-day market despite being fledgling. Besides, Flutter is an open-source, cross-platform app development framework. Initially, it was released in May 2017 by Google. 

Flutter uses the Dart programming language as an alternative to JavaScript. Dart programming language delivers Flutter a distinct feature from other cross-platform frameworks. Further, it enables the developers to see the modification in real-time while coding. Furthermore, it ensures effective apps which can run on abundant platforms dynamically. 

Flutter Advantages:

  • Provides a separate interface for iOS and Android due to its built-in graphics engine.
  • Apps built on Flutter cross-platform app framework display improved performance and a vivid efficiency than other cross-platform app frameworks. 
  • Dart helps the developer to write more structured programming codes. That is to say; the dart is easy to maintain complex codes.
  • GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is used by Flutter cross-platform framework to provide more UI (User Interface) Power.
  • In Flutter, you can quickly build a widget tree and automatically understand the code modifications.

Tools: 

  • Android Studio
  • Emacs
  • VS Code

React Native

When we talk about cross-platform app Frameworks, it’s bizarre to ignore one of the cross-platform giants. Besides, it’s widely used for Android and iOS, not to mention it’s an eminent being among other cross-platform frameworks. Facebook created React Native in 2015. Since 2015 React Native developer’s community is growing more rapidly. Moreover, it is built on JavaScript, and it assures to delivery of a native-like app for iOS and Android platforms. Seemingly, it’s JavaScript-based. Thus, many developers find it easy to build intuitive UI interfaces in React Native. 

When I say JavaScript-based, that doesn’t mean it uses HTML, WebView, or CSS technologies. While React Native uses CSS-like polyfill and JSX language. 

React Native Advantages:

  • React Native centers more on UI. Provides that the developers can create a highly responsive UI interface.
  • It’s an open-source, cross-platform app framework. It means it’s free for any developer who intends to use it.
  • Being a cross-platform app development framework, which enables the developer to only code once. To that end, one-time coding will run on distinct mobile platforms.
  • React Native allows you to create mobile apps of diverse Android and iOS platforms such as MacOS, tvOS, Android TV, etc. Additionally, React Native can be helpful in building apps UMP (Universal Windows Platform) as well.
  • It is also compatible with the leading third-party plugins such as Google Maps. 

Tools:

  • Android Studio, SDK, Emulator
  • JS Editor
  • Xcode also needs $100 per year for the developer’s account (development and publishing of apps).

Ionic

Ionic Framework base on AngularJS. And it’s noticeably the most outstanding cross-platform app development framework, which is also open-source. Adam Bradley, Max Lynch, and Ben Sperry created the Ionic cross-platform in 2013. In addition, Apache, Cordova, and AngularJS are the main components of Ionic. 

Basically, Ionic framework apps are hybrid HTML apps because of the Apache Cordova principle. Apache Cordova is an open-source framework that allows developers to create native mobile apps using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. 

The Ionic Framework allows the developers to create miraculous user interfaces and also add user-centric features. Also, it can help developers build user interfaces that are so satisfying to eyes that no one can ignore its impeccable construct. However, the app built through ionic Framework is so native-like that many developers use this Framework to build PWA (Progressive Web App) too. 

Ionic Advantages:

  • The Ionic Framework offers numerous ready-to-use UI components. 
  • It uses HTML, CSS, Angular, and JavaScript, allowing developers to build apps quickly.
  • The Ionic Framework ensures to be an open-source cross-platform, and many plugins for ionic are available too.
  • It’s specifically designed for mobile platforms as the Ionic cross-platform base on the SAAS (Software as a Service) UI framework.  

Tools:

  • VS code
  • Ionic app flow
  • Firebase

Node.js

Node.js ensures to be an open-source cross-platform. It executes on a JavaScript runtime environment that further runs on the V8 engine and runs JavaScript code externally without using the web browser. Additionally, it also helps in the development of scalable and server-side (back-end) network apps.

Before node.js, the JavaScript code was not able to run on any other platform except on a Brower with the V8 engine. But now, node.js made it possible for JavaScript code to run outside browsers. Moreover, A V8 engine compiles JavaScript code into machine code. Its Framework ensures a rich library of diverse modules of JavaScript, which further can tackle many simultaneous connections altogether.

 Node.js Framework can build highly responsive mobile apps.

Node.js Advantages:

  • Node.js has an enormous developer community.
  • Node.js is one of the speedy dynamic language interpreters due to the V8 engine. Moreover, you’ll never know how it is enlarging its boundaries.
  • Node.js enables the developers to carry out all the database queries concurrently.
  • Although being a single-threaded model, it delivers smooth and even-functioning apps. 

Tools:

  • Socket.io
  • Express.js
  • PM2
  • Babel
  • Meteor

Xamarin

From the cross-platforms, Xamarin is different yet proves to be very useful. It got developed in 2011 as a self-governing platform but was later acquired by Microsoft. What is more, Xamarin is an open-source, cross-platform app framework that also proves to be distinct from other cross-platforms. 

It depends on the execution of the .NET platform, which is known as Mono. Further, the execution process involves its very own .NET libraries, C# compiler, and runtime. Also, Xamarin enables the developers to utilize 90% of the code to build apps for distinctive platforms. 

Xamarin Advantages:

  • To use Xamarin, you need to know .NET and C# to use it.
  • In Xamarin, developers can reuse distinct third-party codebases.
  • You can witness fewer runtime errors, as it ensures compile-time checking.
  • Xamarin has a bulky community of app developers.

Tools:

  • VS Code
  • Xamarin Studio

Native Script

It’s an open-source, cross-platform framework just like the other cross-platform frameworks mentioned above. While Native Script is based on JavaScript programming language. Also, it supports Vue.js and AngularJS along with JavaScript. In Native Script, the apps are also built using TypeScript as well.

In addition, in Native Script, developers are not required to install additional plugins for several other functions. Whereas the developers can use the prevailing plugins in Native Script.

Native Script Advantages:

  • It enables the developer to write platform-based APIs in JavaScript.
  • In Native Script, you can also use Cocoapods and AndroidArsenal by calling native methods from the libraries.
  • Native Script comes fully loaded with all sorts of plugins. You don’t need third-party plugins.
  • Native Script has an elegant platform-native User Interface that can be available minus the WebViews.

Tools:

  • CLI Native Script

Besides, there is numerous cross-platform Framework that can be useful for your cross-platform apps. Other cross-platforms such as PhoneGap, Corona SDK, Appcelerator Titanium, and Sencha touch are also mostly used cross-platforms. Further, you can search online to know more about them.

Closing Thoughts

The above-mentioned cross-platform frameworks play a vital role in providing you the best mobile app you seek. With an elegant app, they also always ensure to offer you a more extensive base of users. Moreover, these frameworks deliver hybrid apps, which run on almost any mobile platform. Further, considering the intensified trend in app development, don’t forget cross-platform frameworks. 

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Humayun Wajid

[Digital Content Strategist] at Cubix

[West Palm Beach], [FL], [USA]

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