If your business is considering a hybrid mobile application project, the concept of cross-platform mobile application development may seem daunting but it need not be. In this article, we will first summarize the various ways a business can conceptualize cross-platform hybrid mobile apps and then dive in to discuss the Ionic framework for mobile app development with three facts you may find helpful.

‘There are numerous options for hybrid mobile app development. The enterprise should consider its options carefully, comparing approaches to their suitability for requirements.’

First, let’s look at the different ways your business might approach a hybrid mobile application and cross-platform development project.

  • Facebook React Native: An open source mobile application development framework.
  • Javascript Accelerator: Used to create native mobile apps from a single JavaScript code base.
  • NativeScript: An open source offering that allows developers to create mobile apps using JavaScript, Vue.js, TypeScript, or Angular.
  • Apache Cordova: For hybrid mobile app development using JavaScript, HTML, CSS.
  • Xamarin: Build your mobile app using an open-source environment that is suitable for watchOS, macOS, Android, iOS, tvOS, Windows (.NET, C#).
  • Google Flutter: This mobile app development framework is open-source and designed to create apps for mobile, web, and desktop using one code base.
  • Ionic Framework: An open-source SDK designed to support cross-platform, hybrid mobile application development.

Now that you have the overview of options, let’s dive into the Ionic Framework.

Three things to know about the Ionic Framework and its use in hybrid mobile app development and cross-platform mobile application projects:

Developer Support – Ionic Framework uses AngularJS architecture and a simple CLI development interface. It provides functionality, options and tools to support developers in cross-platform mobile app development. Developers can use standards-based UI components, and deploy applications via desktop, mobile, web and PWA. Developers can create a single code base to support all planned device deployments. More than five million developers use this option for hybrid mobile app development and there are numerous forums to support developer questions and innovation.

Business Support and Adoption – Ionic is popular in many industries and applications and especially among software companies and web development companies. Today, there are more than four million applications for mobile devices, web applications and desktops in a variety of industries including hospitality and travel, restaurants, pharmaceutical companies and small and medium sized organizations in many other industries. Ionic-based applications are in use and many have already been upgraded and expanded with a solid foundation of support and skills available to keep these mobile apps evergreen.

Dependability and Flexibility – Ionic was founded nearly a decade ago and is now one of the most popular choices for cross-platform development. It is stable and allows developers to choose from a variety of technologies like CSS3, JavaScript and HTML5. It can be deployed anywhere with support in the Windows, iOS and Android environments.

In this article, we have focused on the Ionic Framework and the factors that may lead a business toward this option for mobile application development and hybrid mobile app dev projects. As we discussed in the introduction to this article, there are other approaches to hybrid mobile app development and it is wise for the enterprise to consider its options carefully, comparing approaches to their suitability for requirements. A cross-platform mobile application partner can help your business choose the best option for your purposes and your customers and users.

‘Ionic is popular in many industries and applications and especially among software companies and web development companies.’

Watch for our upcoming article on Google Flutter, another open-source mobile app development framework you may wish to consider. The article is entitled, ‘Three Things to Know about Google Flutter and Cross-Platform Mobile App Development.’

Find out how Cross-Platform Hybrid Mobile Application Development can help your business expand its reach in the market and with users.