Top 5 Hybrid App Development Frameworks to Know in 2021

This article will look at some of the best technologies that can be used to develop a robust mobile app.

If we talk about the mobile phone industry, it has outgrown over a decade. With each passing day, the use of mobile apps is increasing. As per a report in 2020, the number of global smartphone users was approximately 3.5 billion. With the growth of mobile users, it is evident that the demand for apps will also grow.

It is estimated that the app downloads will increase up to 352.9 billion by 2021. With this outstanding growth in the usage of mobile apps, we can observe the never-ending competition. The majority of mobile app development agencies develop apps that can become popular among users in a short period. But do all the mobile apps get the same amount of success that is desired? Definitely not; things are pretty different when it comes to mobile app success; only 1 percent of the mobile app becomes successful.

When we talk about app development frameworks, it comes down to native apps vs hybrid apps. Here we’ll specifically talk about the hybrid app development framework and the best ones, but before that, you might need to be accustomed to the basic differences to proceed. For developers who are aware know which one to root for but for those who do not know, the following explains the differences between the two.

The digital balloon is expanding at an unprecedented rate. Technologists are constantly working to upgrade the existing levels of systems deployed and techniques used. Just like they brought smartphones and mobile apps in the operational frame, we are likely to witness more innovative concepts in the coming years.

Talking about hybrid app development, over a period, we have seen new hybrid frameworks coming up that claim to ease the lives of developers. But, putting the hand on one of those feature-rich and user-friendly hybrid frameworks isn’t as easy as it seems. Hence, to help you choose the right mobile app development frameworks for your next hybrid app development project, we have shortlisted some of the best ones for you. Therefore, without any delay, let’s get started.

Here are the best Hybrid App Development Technologies for Mobile App Development (2021 and ahead).

  1. Flutter
  2. PhoneGap
  3. React Native
  4. Ionic
  5. Titanium


Before we begin, let’s have a look at some facts about mobile apps.

  • Statista reports that Google Play records the highest number of apps available. As of Q1 2020, the Play Store contains 2.9+ million apps, while Apple’s AppStore is the second-largest app store with approximately 1.85 million+ apps on App Store.
  • Did you know that at least 69-87% of the users’ average time is on mobile apps and less on a website? Yes, this is an interesting fact about mobile apps, which has become a lethal driving force for mobile app developers to develop flawless and innovative mobile apps for both platforms. Quality and ease of functionality ignite a massive amount of interest among the users, and they spend a lot of time on mobile apps.
  • Tech giant Apple alone has paid almost $50 billion to mobile app developers since 2008. The richest of them all is the mobile app development team who developed Clash of Clans. It was launched back in 2012 and grossed over $5 billion, pulling over at least $1.5 million a day. This is a remarkable achievement for a free game app download.


Let’s Begin:

1. Flutter

A UI toolkit that is backed up ‘Google’ allows the developer to develop native apps for multiple platforms, including mobile and web, and desktop.

Flutter is supported by customized widgets, allowing native app development in a short span – it even has a layered architecture that enables faster rendering of the components.

Flutter allows for the same UI and business logic for all platforms. Besides, the ‘hot reload’ feature of Flutter enables building apps within the minimum time, allowing quicker app development for your end-users.

Flutter is considered one of the most reliable mobile app development technologies; it can even create customized and animated UI and eliminate all sorts of complications that might hinder the mobile app development process.

Some of the popular apps designed with Flutter:

  • Alibaba
  • Square
  • Google Assistant
  • The New York Time


 2. PhoneGap

With so many great hybrid mobile app development frameworks out there, why would a developer (still) prefer PhoneGap? So, let’s find out.

PhoneGap is also known as Apache Cordova as it is supported by the Cordova framework and Adobe. It is one of the best hybrid app development frameworks, apps can be written with JavaScript, CSS3, HTML5 by developers. PhoneGap provides consistent cross-platform compatibility with just one code for various platforms. This minimizes the efforts of a developer and makes it easier for him/her to progress. It’s cost-effective and a great choice if apps need to be developed with a budget limit. PhoneGap has some other worthy features as well including greater access to Native APIs, strong backend support, notable UI libraries that can upgrade the interface, and a lot more. Above all, it has Adobe’s trust.

An interesting feature of PhoneGap is ‘Build’. Now, what is it? The build is its cloud compiler that can compile apps even without any SDKs installed. With the PhoneGap mobile development framework, a developer can mold a feature-heavy and fully customized hybrid mobile app. These apps have the latent to reach out to a wider audience in limited ways and function with total efficiency. PhoneGap’s best use can be seen when a developer goes on to create mobile web apps that are not complex rather easy to use and understand. And if there’s a cash crunch, then PhoneGap can be a perfect choice.

Some of the popular apps designed with PhoneGap

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Univera, Inc.
  • Voce Communications, Inc.
  • Whole Foods Market Inc.


 3. React Native

The reason to invest in one of the best mobile app development technologies is that Facebook created it. This technology has made mobile app development quicker, comfortable, and easy to use.

React Native has attained a new market – where it delivers user-friendly UI/UX designing features. It will help you provide quick and unique apps – credit goes to the dynamic code updates- which pushes updates to various devices without needing the application release.

Besides, the development time is also shorter as compared to other mobile app development technologies. Therefore, if you need to develop an Android and iOS, React Native is one of the best tools out there. It can reduce the codebase by about 95%, saving you time and money.

Some of the apps developed designed with React Native-

  • Myntra
  • UberEats
  • Airbnb
  • Instagram


4. Ionic

Ionic is one the best mobile app development technologies, which developers love to rely on.

An open-source technology for mobile app development offers premium services for developing mobile apps. Ionic builds apps for various platforms, including Android, iOS, and web as well.

This mobile app development technology enables shipping, quick creation, and deployment of high-end apps. Ionic apps are built using CSS, JS, HTML – allowing fast and seamless handling of UI interactions of apps, which focuses on designs and displays.

It offers a light and dark theme for mobile apps, satisfying the different needs of different end-users. Ionic is focused mainly on the look and feel and UI interaction of your mobile app.

 Some of the popular apps designed with Ionic:

  • Market Watch
  • Sworkit
  • McLaren Automotive
  • Crypto change


5. Titanium 

It is one of the best hybrid app frameworks that have been enormously used to create multi-platform mobile applications. It’s quite simple to get started with this tool as you only need to download the Titanium Studio to proceed with it.

Titanium SDK is highly powerful and provides all the rapid app development features to develop a robust app.

The framework is featured with Alloy (a framework for titanium SDK) that can easily be used to support all app development types, which eventually minimizes the development time by many folds. It provides a mixed yet better development environment. And the framework is used for creating mobile, desktop, and tablet applications.

Some of the popular apps designed with Titanium

  • imgZine
  • Legoland

The Takeaway Message 

Well, there are thousands of technologies to choose from for your mobile app development. Remember your mobile application purpose, need, and budget before finalizing any of these famous mobile app development technologies in 2021 and the coming years.

When looking for an App Development Company, consider the need for market demand and its supportive platform. The above-listed technologies are one of the most successful and trending mobile app development technologies.

Synkrama Technologies has a team of professional developers who have built high-quality mobile apps that match the client’s needs and our expertise extends to a range of frameworks, including Flutter, PhoneGap, React Native Ionic, Titanium, and many others frameworks. Over the years, we have catered diverse app solutions for clients across industries, with several reputed brands and startup businesses on our client list. Our team follows a tried and tested methodology that is focused on creating well-tested apps that bring true value for our partners.

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