Cross-platform tools that build hybrid mobile apps have become a very attractive proposition for businesses. You can write the code for the application in pervasive, open – standards-based web languages, and can be deployed on any smart device. The core of such apps is a shared code base that brings efficiency to the development and maintenance of the apps and the code.
Ionic, a completely open source SDK for HTML 5 mobile app development framework is targeted at building such hybrid mobile apps that are essentially run over web browsers – but unlike web apps have the ability to access the native platform layer too. Largely different from a responsive framework, Ionic comes with a native styled mobile user interface elements and provides powerful ways to develop – than any other existing HTML 5 development framework for mobiles. Well, as with any other HTML 5 framework, it will require a native wrapper such as PhoneGap or Cordova to run as a native app.
Here are some of the features and benefits
As mentioned earlier Ionic helps build hybrid apps using HTML 5 and also makes use of Angular JS for creating a powerful SDK that is essential for perfectly suited for developing interactive and highly engaging mobile apps. Based on SaaS, it provides a number of UI components to build feature-rich mobile apps.
- Ionic is an open source and platform independent framework.
- Platform-specific optimized CSS to match the native look and feel of an assorted set of mobile operating systems.
- It provides you with mobile-optimized HTML, JS, and CSS components and also integrates with Angular JS that helps better structure the code and make it more manageable.
- Comes with a lot of default CSS components and JS components that cover all the elementary things that a mobile app is based upon such as sliding menu, form inputs, buttons, lists, tabs, navigation and lots more.
- Helps develop apps quickly and efficiently and deploys standard tools with a single codebase.
- It also has platform continuity which essentially means that components are enabled to have platform-specific styles. The app’s styles will change based on the platform (iOS, Android, etc.) on which it is run. This offers users a sense of familiarity while using the app.
When it comes to building mobile app experiences, cross-platform frameworks are definitely the future!