4 July 2018
It’s already a common knowledge that mobile apps are conquering the world and pushing the old and slow websites behind. Many entrepreneurs are keen on having the mobile app which works for both Android and iOS. Of course, native mobile applications have their advantages such as speed, responsiveness etc. However, in the world of mobile development, we are looking for quick solutions and better app performance.
In today’s article, I would like to compare the two hybrid app frameworks which are leading in the world of mobile app development. First is React Native which was developed by Facebook to support iOS in the first place. The recent support of Android system enabled library mobile UIs for both platforms. When Facebook was creating iOS and Android version, both of them were built by the same development team.
Ionic Framework, the second framework which is worth mentioning, is an open source framework. Everything you develop in it is license free and involves zero costs. Ionic also offers full stability so there should be no fear whether it may break down one day.
React Native is also an open source framework enabling other platforms such as Windows or tvOS to be worked on in the future by the community of developers. What is more, the React Native’s building blocks are fully reusable components. You will get the same experience and look because the components used in iOS and Android have right counterparts in React. Having the component-based structure in React Native will look and function exactly like a native mobile application while being more agile.
React Native UI components can be applied to an existing app’s code without rewrites. It is a major benefit for the entrepreneurs because it saves time and money.
Ionic Framework is based on Angular so it is more smooth due to the fact that Angular is one of the best frameworks available on the market. Also, the high demand for programmers skilled in Angular may encourage some people to start learning it. If you don’t know how to code in Angular, Ionic Framework will be the good and quick start.
Another good thing about Ionic is its active community that is constantly ready to help in many ways. Ionic Framework founders have Social Media accounts where they can provide an assistance during the app development.
Native app development is associated with inefficiency, low productivity and slow development time. Unlike the old frameworks, React Native brings the speed and agility to the hybrid app development giving the native results.
React Native offers the third-party plugin compatibility which means that you don’t have to rely on a WebView. On the other hand, Ionic’s biggest advantage is Cordova plugins. Those plugins give access to many different features of operating systems such as location, battery, enhancing the overall performance of the applications.