Progressive Tense: The transitions and patterned advance in the mobile app development (across platforms) suggests that it is going to generate more than 935 billion U.S. dollars in revenues via paid downloads and in-app advertising – according to Statista reports early this year (2020).
Who won’t like their efforts to pay off in multiple ways? The case with the cross-platform app development is identical. Developers write their code once which can be re-used to generate similar results/a website or an app to run across different operating systems like Android/iPhone/Blackberry/HTML5/Microsoft (with of course some tweaks and minor permission converts)
Developing mobile apps that work across platforms includes making codebase for modules that will be used on multiple operating systems. The technologies that have been using cross-platform app development extensively include Beacon, Internet of Things (IoT), Wearables, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, Cognitive and Artificial Intelligence, 5G Technology, APM and EMM, Chatbots, Mobile E-commerce, AMP (Accelerated Mobile Page), Cross-Platform Development, Cloud Storage Development, Single Page Applications, Blockchain As A Service (BaaS).
10 most popular Ionic Applications in 2020
Sworkit, JustWatch, McDonald’s Türkiye, McLaren Automotive, Honeyfi, MarketWatch, ChefSteps, Diesel, Pacifica, StockPlan Connect
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The Ionic Framework helps to build mobile apps with just one single codebase for all the mobile operating systems. Hybrid App Developers may also consider using Ionic Templates that may be useful to create a cross-platform app faster. Ionic’s official marketplace can be looked out to find more designs, scripts and plugins.
Top Features Ionic Framework
Disadvantages of Ionic
On its way up, ionic still has a long way to go; but we still have Flutter which is relatively new, much more efficient; so let's find out the major features that fare well for cross-platform app development.
Flutter was developed by Google in response to the performance issues faced during cross-platform app development. (1)It consists of a portable UI toolkit that can be deployed for creating high performance, structured natively compiled applications for mobile, web and desktop from a single codebase. (2)Similar to its counterpart Ionic, it is as well free and open-source. It further speeds up the development of apps and reduces the cost and complexity of the app across platforms. (3) Many hybrid app developers perceive Flutter as a productive prototyping tool that helps deliver the original design vision. (4) It is to be used by businesses who simply wish to invest one-time. (5) It also fares well for the businesses who want to go with single time investment and reap the rewards later.
(It’s like the major features integrate with the upcoming advantages of the technology to provide a more palatable solution to the problem in hand)
(6)Flutter can be optimized to create amazing 2D mobile apps that apply to both Android and iOS devices. (7) Flutter as well as renders building fully-featured apps including camera, geolocation, network, storage, 3rd-party SDK and more.
(8) The presence and use of Webview distinguish Flutter from other techniques used for hybrid app development. This particularly averts the need to have OEM widgets as the supporting rendering engine can draw widgets on its own, pretty much precise and right on point. (9)The layered structure of the C/C++ code can implement most of its system – composting, gestures, animation, framework and widgets – make users gear the system and be in control. (10) Flutter does come with inbuilt support for Android Studio, IntelliJ IDEA, and VS Code. (11) Developers can make use of command in a terminal and one of the many editors that support editing DART. (12) The widgets are of high-quality material design and Cupertino (iOS-style widgets) (13) DART scores high on developer productivity, object orientation, predictable-high-performance and fast allocation
So what else comes with Flutter SDK?
We prefer working with Flutter due to high performance; hot reload developer cycle and stateful culture. Although it is still in its beta version, the desktop support is in alpha with macOS being the furthest along. We can access platform services and API like sensors and local storage. The ready-made packages for several platform services and API's are available on pub.dev. We do encourage the developers to make use of Flutter's asynchronous message passing system to create their integrations with the platform and third-party APIs. They may bundle up widgets and can expose as much or as little of the platform API’s as desired.
Top Features Flutter Framework
Disadvantages of Flutter
Comparison Chart: Flutter vs. Ionic Framework
Points of Difference
It is relatively slower than Ionic
It makes use of web technologies; faster than Ionic
Better than Ionic
Use Proprietary widgets
Open source and Paid versions
Open-source version only
Standards-based Web Components
Not so good
Mobile, Desktop, Web, PWA
Mobile, Desktop, Web