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8 Frameworks to Choose From When Building Hybrid Mobile Apps

Hybrid AppsIn today’s world when you need to have an app ready in no time on the platforms of your choice, going hybrid is an intelligent choice. Developers who want to reach maximum number of users without rewriting the app for all the different platforms go the hybrid way. Hybrid development of apps involves sharing of a part of code, unlike native development. There are several frameworks available for developing your hybrid mobile app. Let’s take a look at some.

#1 PhoneGap


PhoneGap is based on open source Cordova and its commercial version is owned by Adobe. PhoneGap when combined with Sencha, wins all the wars. It helps you develop affordable, app-store ready apps in next to no time. The developed app has the look and feel of the native app. So no complaints there. PhoneGap uses HTML5, Javascript and CSS. With the help of PhoneGap developers can work with device hardware features such as GPS/location, Camera, Accelerometer, Compass, storage etc. PhoneGap supports plug-in architecture model in its apps. The functionality of the apps can be extended in the modular way. It has a robust backend which speeds up the development process.

Develops apps for:  iOS, Watch OS, Android, WindowsPhone, Blackberry, Firefox OS.

Development languages: HTML5, JavaScript and CSS

Some of its Features:

  • Open source
  • Robust Backend
  • Rapid development
  • Gives access to native device APIs
  • Community developed third party tools


#2 Appcelerator Titanium

Appcelerator Titanium

Appcelerator Titanium is an open source mobile application framework. It helps create native apps for several mobile platforms from a single JavaScript codebase developed by Appcelerator. It is slowly gathering popularity amidst developers and at the last count this year, Titanium had over 800,000 developer registrations. Its core component is Titanium SDK. Appcelerator also makes Titanium based model-view-controller framework named Alloy and Titanium Studio, a freeware – a proprietary IDE. With Appcelerator you write your app with JavaScript and instead of using HTML5 and CSS for UI, you use a custom API or XML language. It all is then compiled into an app which is like native and Javascript hybrid.

Develops apps for: iOS, Android and Windows

Development languages: PHP, HTML, CSS, JS

Some of its features:

  • A cross-platform API for accessing native UI component
  • High level of code re-use
  • Drag and Drop feature
  • Write in JavaScript, run native
  • Bi- directional updates allow seamless movement between design and code
  • Seamless integration to existing continuous delivery systems

#3 Framework 7


Framework 7 is a free and open source mobile HTML framework that can help you develop hybrid mobile apps or web apps that will have iOS or Android native feel. Framework 7 is one of the finest and feature-rich frameworks. It is an indispensable app prototyping tool. This tool gives you an opportunity to easily create iOS & Android apps with HTML, CSS and JavaScript but it truly is iOS specific framework. It helps you render pixel-perfect iOS native apps interface. Framework 7’s material theme however was designed according to the official Google material design specification and can create great android apps with native Material look and feel.

Develops apps for: iOS, Android (Partially supported), Blackberry (Partially supported)

Development languages: HTML, CSS, JS

Some of its features:

  • Easy to customize
  • Multiple or Split views
  • Clear JS API
  • Does not depend on third party libraries
  • Custom DOM library

#4 jQuery Mobile


jQuery is another open-source, cross-platform network with HTML5 based UI that deserves a mention. It makes responsive websites and apps that are accessible on all tablets, desktops and smartphones. It offers Ajax navigations with page transitions, touch events and widgets. jQuery is built on jQuery and jQuery UI foundation which is pretty rock solid. It has a flexible design. It has a thriving jQuery mobile community which provides it with all the support and development advice jQuery developers may need.

Develops Apps for: iOS, Android, WindowsPhones, Blackberry, Tizen

Development languages: HTML, CSS, JS

Some of its features:

  • Flexible frame
  • Ajax powered Navigations
  • Lightweight with limited dependencies
  • Platform agnostic UI widgets
  • Same underlying codebase that can be scaled to any screen


#5 Ionic


Ionic is an open-source SDK for hybrid mobile app development. It is a useful cross-platform tool. It uses web technologies like HTML5, CSS and Sass. It is built on top of AngularJS and Apache Cordava. It provides a platform for integrating services like push notifications and analytics. It provides all the functionality that can be found in native mobile developments SDKs. With the help of Cordava, users can build their apps, customize them for Android or iOS. Ionic is an npm module and requires Node.js.

Develops Apps for: iOS, Android

Development languages: HTML, CSS, JS

Some of its features:

  • Build interactive apps using HTML5 and AngularJS
  • Build iOS and Android versions and see changes instantly with the help of Ionic Serve Lab.
  • Update your apps instantly with code changes
  • Ionic creator, a useful tool for UI prototyping
  • Generate icons for different screens using one command.

#6 Kendo UI


Kendo UI is a framework to make web app or hybrid apps. It is maintained and supported by Telerik and it comes with open-source and commercial licensing options. It is very popular among enterprises. It comes with more than 70 UI components. You can easily combine them to make beautiful and responsive apps. The components integrate seamlessly with grid –layout frameworks like Bootstrap and Zurb foundation. It works smoothly with all the browsers.  Kendo UI helps you cut the app development time by 50%.

Develops Apps for: iOS, Android, WindowsPhone, Blackberry

Development Languages: PHP, Java, Ruby (Partially supported), C#, HTML, CSS, JS

Some of its features:

  • Integrates seamlessly with Angular JS.
  • Works with all the browsers
  • Online training courses
  • Smart UI for all screen sizes
  • Unlimited support

#7 Sencha Touch


Sencha Touch is a popular framework amongst hybrid mobile app developers. It is the leading cross platform mobile web application framework based on HTML5 and JavaScript. It leverages hardware acceleration techniques to provide high performance UI components. It has more than 50 built in UI components and native looking themes for major mobile platforms. Uniquely adaptive layout engine, smooth scrolling features and fluid animations help make a good app which is similar to a natively developed one. Its data package is protocol agnostic.

Develops apps for: iOS, Android, WindowsPhone, Blackberry

Development Languages: HTML, CSS, JS

Some of its features are:

  • Fully integrated with PhoneGap/Cordova for device APIs
  • Adaptive layouts, animations and smooth scrolling
  • Robust backend agnostic data package
  • Reduces complexity of application maintenance cycles
  • Excellent Support


#8 is an interesting tool to work with. It is very simple to set up. You don’t need to set up XCode or Eclipse as an IDE, instead you could use Textmate or Notepad++ too. The builds take a few seconds. The Forge framework splits the build between local tools and a remote server. This approach keeps user’s local development environment simple and platform agnostic. Deployment of your mobile codebase as a web app is simple too. It has its own native bridging technology. You can update your apps without submitting to the app stores.

Develops apps for: iOS, Android, WindowsPhone

Development Languages: HTML, CSS, JS

Some of its features are:

  • Simple setup
  • Fast build process
  • Supports web deployment
  • Faster native bridge
  • Command line builds for iOS and Android invoking native simulators

Final Thoughts

If you are keen on making hybrid apps you can try any of these above mentioned tools. You should do a little research of your own – keeping your requirements in mind. Or call us. We are a leading mobile app development company with an impressive portfolio. We can help you develop apps. Good luck.How-much-does-an-app-like-Facebook-Cost

Priyanka Garg

A writer, a wordsmith. Curious about the internet of everything. Interested in the cutting edge landscape of mobile apps and SAAS products. Blogs for OpenXcell - A Mobile App Development Company. Loves Jazz and Blues.