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Ionic vs Apache Cordova: What are the differences?

Ionic and Cordova are not typically considered competitors. Rather, Ionic is built on top of Cordova. Cordova allows you to access native device functions using JavaScript, and is typically used in combination with a UI framework. Ionic is a front-end, mobile-optimized library that can be used to make your Cordova app look native.

What is Apache Cordova?

Apache Cordova is a set of device APIs that allow a mobile app developer to access native device function such as the camera or accelerometer from JavaScript. Combined with a UI framework such as jQuery Mobile or Dojo Mobile or Sencha Touch, this allows a smartphone app to be developed with just HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

What is Ionic?

Free and open source, Ionic offers a library of mobile and desktop-optimized HTML, CSS and JS components for building highly interactive apps. Use with Angular, React, Vue, or plain JavaScript.

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    • Fans of Cordova appreciate its selection of plugins, great community, and the ability to use JavaScript for mobile development.
    • Ionic is appreciated for its rapid prototyping, great designs, and hybrid mobile style.
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    Xamarin
    Xamarin’s Mono-based products enable .NET developers to use their existing code, libraries and tools (including Visual Studio*), as well as skills in .NET and the C# programming language, to create mobile applications for the industry’s most widely-used mobile devices, including Android-based smartphones and tablets, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
    PhoneGap
    PhoneGap is a web platform that exposes native mobile device apis and data to JavaScript. PhoneGap is a distribution of Apache Cordova. PhoneGap allows you to use standard web technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript for cross-platform development, avoiding each mobile platforms' native development language. Applications execute within wrappers targeted to each platform, and rely on standards-compliant API bindings to access each device's sensors, data, and network status.
    React Native
    React Native enables you to build world-class application experiences on native platforms using a consistent developer experience based on JavaScript and React. The focus of React Native is on developer efficiency across all the platforms you care about - learn once, write anywhere. Facebook uses React Native in multiple production apps and will continue investing in React Native.
    Electron
    With Electron, creating a desktop application for your company or idea is easy. Initially developed for GitHub's Atom editor, Electron has since been used to create applications by companies like Microsoft, Facebook, Slack, and Docker. The Electron framework lets you write cross-platform desktop applications using JavaScript, HTML and CSS. It is based on io.js and Chromium and is used in the Atom editor.
    Flutter
    Flutter is a mobile app SDK to help developers and designers build modern mobile apps for iOS and Android.
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        Review ofIonicIonic

        great framework,lots of resources,great community,easy to create UI

        How developers use Apache Cordova and Ionic
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        papaver uses Apache CordovaApache Cordova

        used in conjunction with ionic to build out ios and android app for a client. a little slow to run on devices but saves a ton on development time.

        Avatar of Pascal Malbranche
        Pascal Malbranche uses IonicIonic

        We use Ionic as it is an awesome framework to build mobile hybrid apps with nativ access. Also Ionic has a nice community!

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        Ralic Lo uses Apache CordovaApache Cordova

        Used Apache Cordova to package single page web application written HTML/CSS/javascript as a iOS/Android application.

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        MobiBoats uses Apache CordovaApache Cordova

        Used with Ionic to support various plugins and integrations with the native environment of iOS and Android.

        Avatar of Christian Bryant
        Christian Bryant uses IonicIonic

        Cross-Platform goodness. I am a noob here...learning how to implement Ionic is on the top of my ToDo's

        Avatar of papaver
        papaver uses IonicIonic

        used on a recent project, an internal custom app developed for both ios and android.

        Avatar of Grupo Gamma Peninsular, SA de CV
        Grupo Gamma Peninsular, SA de CV uses IonicIonic

        Desarrollo de aplicaciones multi-plataforma con HTML5, JavaScript y CSS3

        Avatar of AmericanBibleSociety
        AmericanBibleSociety uses IonicIonic

        We have plans to employ this frontend framework in future apps.

        Avatar of João Alvarenga
        João Alvarenga uses Apache CordovaApache Cordova

        Compilar o webapp, transformando-o em aplicativos nativos

        Avatar of Evan Luc
        Evan Luc uses Apache CordovaApache Cordova

        Cross platform mobile development framework.

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