Building an application that runs on all devices and operating systems is no longer an improbable proposition. Why is that? It’s hybrid app development we’re talking about. Cross-platform compatibility is perhaps the biggest speciality of this branch of mobile app development.
Those of use who understand a thing or two about these apps know how important hybrid app development frameworks are. But the problem is you have several frameworks, each having their benefits to offer and limitations to suffer.
In this article, we’ll discuss the most reliable and popular hybrid app development frameworks for mobile app developers in Singapore. But before that, you should know what an ideal framework should be like.
- The framework needs to be have all the standard features to let app developers create applications that offer native-like user experience
- It needs to be fast enough to allow mobile app developers to build an application fast
- The framework has to let developers have access to tons of UI elements or components, so they can only ‘mix and match’.
With the idea about a good hybrid app framework in mind, we’ll tell you about the best hybrid app development frameworks at this point.
Flutter is arguably the top hybrid app development framework which is actually an SDK that enables mobile app developers to develop native app interfaces on both iOS and Android.
Launched in 2018, Flutter works pretty well with the existing code. This open-source hybrid app development framework lets you benefit from widgets, foundation libraries, and more. Fast and reliable, Flutter racked up a great reputation in Singapore’s mobile app development circles for its efficiency in the creation of MVP or minimum viable product.
A lot of app developers love this SDK due to its being based on Dart which is an object-oriented programming language. Some of the benefits that Dart comes with are here.
- Most of our essential components come inbuilt.
- Dart needs no bridge to establish communication with natiuve modules.
- The language doesn’t involve a challenging learning curve for its similarity with a bunch of other languages.
React Native may not be the #1 choice for Singapore’s app developers, but it works better for them than other hybrid app development frameworks under certain circumstances.
- Hybrid apps have reusable components which enable them to render natively.
- The UI components of React Native UI can be used in the code of another application without requiring developers to rewrite them.
- This framework is compatible with Node.Js and an array of 3rd party plugins.
- React Native uses less memory but delivers outstanding responsive time.
No list of hybrid app development frameworks would be complete without including this familiar, Angular-based framework. Its release opened a new horizon of aesthetics into mobile app development. Its community is already large and keeps growing.
Ionic incorporates an enriched collection of predefined elements, powerful features, UI elements, inbuilt debugging tools and a development server. All these easily add value to it to secure a special spot among the most popular hybrid app development frameworks.
Its ‘live reload’ feature allows developers to preview their hybrid apps as they develop them bit by bit. Ionic CLI, a special command-line interface, makes it easy for hybrid app developers in Singapore to streamline their app development cycle for Node.js and TypeScript apps.
However, some limitations that might cause developers to look elsewhere include unavailability of ‘hot reloading’, limited suitability for heavy-duty mobile applications, and the lack of support for some plugins specific to Cordova, another mobile app development framework used alongside AngularJS to develop Ionic.
If you haven’t heard of PhoneGap yet, chances are you’ve heard Apache Cordova. Well, some app developers in Singapore know this framework by this name as well. Some of its top features include easy access to most native APIs, UI libraries, and excellent backend support.
‘Build’ is its standalone feature which is actually a cloud compiler to compile hybrid apps without an SDK installed. This framework can be a worthy pick to brands that want to bring a large audience a long list of functional features.
- Easy to learn
- Compatibility with a just one codebase for all 7 platforms
- Rugged backend
- Ability to tap into the various hardware components of the system including accelerometer, camera, compass, etc having not tampered with the different UI features
- Ease of rapid testing
While hybrid applications built with this framework by many of Singapore’s developers aren’t among the fastest of mobile applications, small businesses are the most common beneficiaries of these applications.
With the release of NativeScript 2.0, developers are now able to use Angular to code hybrid or cross-platform mobile apps. This framework like the others above offers these advantages:
- Fast execution
- Native code compilation and use a native mobile app
- Excellent support for Vue.js.
- Split content
Although the framework doesn’t come with the best examples of assumptions, and descriptions, its promising community is working to improve the documentation.
Some other platforms are used by mobile app developers in Singapore. Xamarin, jQuery Mobile, and Framework7 are some of hybrid app development frameworks valued with high regards by the app development community in Singapore.
In fact, familiarity with more hybrid app development frameworks allows Singapore’s app developers to choose the right one in accordance with their requirements, experience, resources, and timeline.
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