The Most Popular App Frameworks

Developing apps for mobile devices has been easier than ever thanks to mobile app frameworks. Find below the most popular app frameworks.

1. Mobile Angular UI

 Include only what you need.

Combining Bootstrap 3 and AngularJS, Mobile Angular UI creates interactive mobile apps. The main features of this HTML 5 framework also include Bootstrap 3 mobile components such as sidebars, switches, and overlays which are missing in normal as well as AngularJS modules such as angular-route, angular-animate and angular-touch.

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Enables two way data binding

The IONIC framework has been build using SASS and helps in developing interactive and rich apps by providing numerous UI components. The soon to be released IONIC creator will make app making easier with the help of drag and drop functionality.

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3. Appcelerator Titanium
Equipped with platform independent APIs

Titanium studio needs to be downloaded to get started with Titanium. The code samples of this Titanium studio use a MVC framework known as Alloy which can be reused among different apps. Titanium’s modules also reduce the lines of code as well as the development time.

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4. Intel XDK
Provides a live preview on the connected device

Developed by Intel, this cross platform application supports a number of UI frameworks including jQuery mobile, Topcoat and Twitter Bootstrap. Intel XDK can be downloaded easily and free of cost on Windows, Mac and Linux. 

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5. Kendo UI
Most of the features are open sourced

Telerik’s Kendo UI has a number of jQuery based widgets for the creation of cross platform mobile applications. While most of its Javascript and toolset features are open sourced, commercial license is mandatory for UI’s common widgets. 

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6. Sencha Touch
Experience a native look and feel

Popular among hybrid application developers, Sencha Touch creates apps for platforms including IOS, Android and Blackberry. The Sencha touch app is easy to use but one needs to invest some time to get the best out of the application.

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7. PhoneGap
Writing custom plugins is possible

Based on the open source Cordova, PhoneGap is a framework for packaging and releasing an app after it is created. Amongst the choice of JavaScript or UI Framework, KnockOut.js or Angular JS is the best combination. 

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8. App.js
Navigate and view your pages with ease

Mobile web apps created by this JavaScript UI library behave like native apps with no sacrifice on performance and looks. Navigation and viewing pages is quiet easy on this app.

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9.  jQuery Mobile
Features touch and swipe event handlers

jQuery Mobile’s framework includes transition effects, automatic CSS styles for basic HTML elements and animations.  jQuery Mobile supports almost all platforms including smart phone, tablet, a regular desktop, an e-reader device like Kindle or Nook. 

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10. Ratchet
Initially used by Twitter as an internal tool

Ratchet provides reusable HTML classes along with a collection of JavaScript plugins and User Interface. Its latest version 2.0 has its proprietary front icon named Ratcheticon as well as pre- made UI themes. 

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