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Description

What is Ionic?

Free and open source, Ionic offers a library of mobile-optimized HTML, CSS and JS components for building highly interactive apps. Built with Sass and optimized for AngularJS.

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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    Cons

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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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    Pricing

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    Companies

    What companies use Ionic?
    347 companies on StackShare use Ionic
    What companies use Xamarin?
    67 companies on StackShare use Xamarin
    What companies use Apache Cordova?
    87 companies on StackShare use Apache Cordova

    Integrations

    What tools integrate with Ionic?
    7 tools on StackShare integrate with Ionic
    What tools integrate with Xamarin?
    7 tools on StackShare integrate with Xamarin
    What tools integrate with Apache Cordova?
    7 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
    • Expo - Making React Native Easier

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    Latest News

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