Xamarin vs. Apache Cordova vs. NativeScript

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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.

What is NativeScript?

NativeScript enables developers to build native apps for iOS, Android and Windows Universal while sharing the application code across the platforms. When building the application UI, developers use our libraries, which abstract the differences between the native platforms.

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Why do developers choose Xamarin?
Why do you like Xamarin?

Why do developers choose Apache Cordova?
Why do you like Apache Cordova?

Why do developers choose NativeScript?
Why do you like NativeScript?

What are the cons of using Xamarin?
Downsides of Xamarin?

What are the cons of using Apache Cordova?
No Cons submitted yet for Apache Cordova
Downsides of Apache Cordova?

What are the cons of using NativeScript?
No Cons submitted yet for NativeScript
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How much does Xamarin cost?
Xamarin Pricing
How much does Apache Cordova cost?
How much does NativeScript cost?
What companies use Xamarin?
99 companies on StackShare use Xamarin
What companies use Apache Cordova?
129 companies on StackShare use Apache Cordova
What companies use NativeScript?
16 companies on StackShare use NativeScript
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 tools integrate with NativeScript?
3 tools on StackShare integrate with NativeScript

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

  • React Native - A framework for building native apps with React
  • Ionic - A beautiful front-end framework for developing cross-platform apps with web technologies like Angular and React.
  • PhoneGap - Easilily create mobile apps using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Flutter - Cross-platform mobile framework from Google

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