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Top Frameworks for Hybrid App Development

The word “Hybrid” reminds us that it can be a part of two different worlds, doing better of both worlds in most cases. It’s the same with the mobile app development.

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The word “Hybrid” reminds us that it can be a part of two different worlds, doing better of both worlds in most cases. It’s the same with the mobile app development.

A hybrid app is nothing but a mobile app which could be installed on different platforms, it does not belong to a single platform but performs in both.

There are many mobile apps, which are hybrid, and built for the purpose of working on both the platforms, why do they have to do this?

Because of hybrid apps as we know work on both the platforms, which means a developer has to build only one app and not two, and if he has to update it, he doesn’t have to update two different apps but just one.

One of the biggest reasons for the growth of hybrid apps is that you can write the hybrid app once and run it on every platform without putting in any extra efforts.

You can design the app as a regular web app, a responsive web app that fits according to different devices by using the components provided by mobile HTML5 UI frameworks.

Hybrid apps also have access to native hardware components like the camera or the accelerometer and maps etc.


Your app will be compiled into platform-specific native packages, ready to be deployed on your mobile device.

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So what exactly are Hybrid mobile applications?

Basically, Hybrid apps are just like any other apps that you download from your app store.

They install on your device, they are in the forms of games, social media apps, and health apps and basically everything a native app can be.

Just like the website on the internet, hybrid mobile apps are built with a combination of web technologies like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

But there is a key difference between web apps and hybrid apps, and that is hybrid apps are hosted inside a native application that utilizes a mobile platform’s webview.

This enables them to access hardware such as the camera, accelerometer, gyro, contacts and a lot of other stuff, which a normal app would use.

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but as the technology advanced, the new generation of hybrid mobile app frameworks have indeed solved a lot of problems and limitations that hybrid apps had.

Issues like Usability, access to device API’s, updating SKDs and much more.

The list of frameworks which I am listing out today have contributed a lot to the hybrid mobile app development, combine these frameworks with a pro who could extract the maximum output and you would end up with a potentially powerful app, combined with a lot of features and fewer headaches as complementary.

React Native

React JS is a JavaScript library owned by Facebook, the world’s most powerful social media networking website.

And React Native is a part of it running under the hood of this mobile framework, which is built specifically to design natively rendered UIs for iOS and Android.

A developer who is familiar with JavaScript can work with React native.

React is fast, streamlined and feels more native without the need of a WebView, which instead native components are built with web technology.

A react native’s designed UI can be incorporated into an existing mobile app’s code, making it more like a library rather than a framework.

But that doesn’t mean it has any baggage, instead, it’s packed with extras that make styling, debugging and deploying your app into the app store or Google Play or a Breeze.

React Native is proving to be a big game-changer in mobile app development. Blending the productivity of web technology into the functionality of the native apps.

Some of the famous Social networking apps like Snapchat and Tinder are built on this platform.

React Native

Onsen UI

Developers can build apps by combining native looking components with the help of this framework.

And this platform Is open source.

Onsen UI is one of the easiest to use a framework which can work without AngularJS.
It also includes good documentation with lots of layouts and examples for common app structures.

But yeah, there is the main disadvantage to this framework, which is that it offers only iOS theme, although its next version promises to offer material design support.

Here are some of the cool apps which were created on this platform.

Giro d’italia and off-course golf.

Onsen UI

Ionic FrameWork

Ionic is an HTML5 hybrid mobile app framework and it has an added bonus of AngularJS components, a robust JavaScript framework that allows Ionic power some really complex scalable apps.

Ionic is awesome because it’s for Free!

Apart from that, it’s open-source and all of its components such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript have been optimized for mobile.

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The framework stays on the leading edge with frequent updates, including recent built-in support for material design, Google’s design standard for Android apps.

If you want to push the web code to a native environment, Ionic like many other frameworks uses the Cordova JavaScript APIs.

Here are a couple of popular apps built on this platform.

Justwatch and Sworkit.

Ionic FrameWork

JQuery Mobile

It is one of the oldest frameworks on the list and it is still a great framework for Hybrid mobile app development.

JQuery’s approach has always been “write less, do more” from the beginning, mobile app developers released JQuery, a compact framework that hinges more on fluidity between mobile and web app versions and unique UIs for each platform, but less on trying to create a super native experience.

It uses an HTML5-based UI and customizable themes that get a boost from CSS3’s latest functions.

JQuery lets developers create one version of the app that’s super responsive and works on all devices and platforms.

Kendo UI

Kendo UI is a really impressive framework which is used to build both hybrid and also native mobile apps, Kendo UI itself sounds hybrid, isn’t it?

Mobile app developers can use client-side technology like HTML and JavaScript, or they can build an app with server-side technology like Java, PHP, and ASP.NET.

How can it do that?

All thanks to Kendo’s range of UI components that come with its mid-level subscription plan.

Other kendo UI basics include full Angular JS integration, or allows developers to use almost any JavaScript framework they prefer, and also offers support for Bootstrap 3 for mobile-friendly, responsive apps.

As far as the design goes, it includes 16 themes, or you could just customize with the already integrated Theme Builder tool.

Adobe AIR

Adobe Air is one of the most powerful platforms created by Adobe, it uses the front end languages like HTML and JavaScript, which makes it an easy choice, and also adding in some Adobe-specific technology, like Flash, Flex, and ActionScript.

It uses a runtime environment that’s compatible with OS X, Windows, and Linux. Like Java’s runtime environment, Adobe Air uses a Just-in-time compiler which allows your app to run on different platforms.

Adobe AIR also offers a range of APIs that give developers access to functions like database management.

Machinarium and MrFixIt.


PhoneGap is a hybrid app development framework that also allows you to compile and deploy across multiple platforms.

When PhoneGap is used with the frameworks to develop hybrid apps, developers can harness the power of Cordova Plugins, which allow hybrid frameworks to connect apps to native APIs like a phone’s accelerometer, GPS, Camera, notifications and more for a more native experience, Hybrid frameworks like Ionic, Onsen, etc.

Also, use Cordova to compile their HTML/JavaScript/CSS app code into a native SDK file format.

There’s a free plan or a paid plan that offers increased data and access to more plugins.

Native Script

The biggest feature in the native script is that it allows you to write app’s functionality in JavaScript once, which then will be changed in accordance with iOS, Android and Windows platforms.

However, this framework requires in-depth skills of coding, which it compensates with an extensive and in-depth documentation.

Framework 7

Framework 7 ha some of the best features of all the listed frameworks, which includes that it does not have external dependencies like React or Angular.

But still, it manages to make apps feel and look native, with eye-catchy animations and properly styled components.

Any developer with the knowledge of CSS, HTML and JavaScript can easily create an app without making convoluted code.

This framework does not include any tool for app packaging or emulation; therefore, you have to combine it with PhoneGap or Cordova.

Sencha Touch 2

A basic goal of a hybrid app framework is not to show any difference between from a hybrid app to a native app, and sencha touch 2 is the best of it.

How does it achieve?

With the help of HTML-5 based front-end technology and lots of inbuilt tools.

The cornerstone is its responsive UI and you will end up with a clean and more organized code, all thanks to object-oriented, MVC-style structure of the framework.

If you’re someone who is looking for enterprise-grade apps.

Sencha is the platform for you.

And Sencha helps you in building more complex apps, it benefits you with great documentation, but note that the complexity of using this framework will increase right along with the complexity of your app.

Okay here’s a table which would give you an idea about all the frameworks I have mentioned here.

Hybrid App Development Framework

NMG & Hybrid apps

NMG is one of the best hybrid app development companies for your web application needs.

We have an amazing team of hybrid mobile app development experts which utilizes the modern development methodologies and tools to offer the hybrid app development services & solutions.

We have some really cool apps under our belt for various business models.

Our developers hold some serious skills in CSS, HTML5 and Javascript to handle the best cross-platform app development frameworks which are mentioned above.

You wanna know what all kinds of apps we develop here, well here they are.

  • Streaming
  • Augmented reality
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Machine to machine
  • Geo Location
  • Internet of things
  • Cloud connectivity
  • Apps for wearables
  • Interaction and engagement
  • Mobile monetization models

Also, it’s not just hybrid apps which we are into, we also build native apps for iOS & Android.


Even after listing out the top hybrid app development frameworks, there is no framework which could win the title of the best hybrid app development framework, that’s because every framework serves different purposes and they have different pros and cons.

You could only decide which frameworks works the best for you according to your business or app requirements, hybrid apps are surely a better choice over the native apps but you need to get the app right, which means you need a developer who could do that for you.

Take your time in searching for a good developer and who could understand your business needs to suggest you the framework which best suits you.

If you are looking for an expert advice for your hybrid app development, contact us! We would love to help you.

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