Ionic vs. Xamarin vs. Apache Cordova

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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.

What is 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.

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.

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Why do developers choose Ionic?
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Why do developers choose Xamarin?
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Why do developers choose Apache Cordova?
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What are the cons of using Ionic?
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What are the cons of using Xamarin?
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What are the cons of using Apache Cordova?
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How much does Ionic cost?
How much does Xamarin cost?
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What companies use Ionic?
528 companies on StackShare use Ionic
What companies use Xamarin?
99 companies on StackShare use Xamarin
What companies use Apache Cordova?
129 companies on StackShare use Apache Cordova
What tools integrate with Ionic?
9 tools on StackShare integrate with Ionic
What tools integrate with Xamarin?
7 tools on StackShare integrate with Xamarin
What tools integrate with Apache Cordova?
8 tools on StackShare integrate with Apache Cordova

What are some alternatives to Ionic, Xamarin, and Apache Cordova?

  • React Native - A framework for building native apps with React
  • PhoneGap - Easilily create mobile apps using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • NativeScript - Build truly native apps with JavaScript
  • Flutter - Cross-platform mobile framework from Google

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