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Appcelerator vs Ionic: What are the differences?

What is Appcelerator? Build network-connected mobile applications across native platforms and the web. Appcelerator is the first mobile platform to combine the flexibility of open source development technologies with the power of cloud services.

What is Ionic? A beautiful front-end framework for developing cross-platform apps with web technologies like Angular and React. 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.

Appcelerator and Ionic are primarily classified as "Mobile Backend" and "Cross-Platform Mobile Development" tools respectively.

Some of the features offered by Appcelerator are:

  • Library of over 20 pre-built common services that are both proven and robust, to reduce integration time and risk, services such as push notification, status updates, photo storage, and social integration, or create your own custom cloud services.
  • Client-side APIs for any development platform (e.g. Titanium, iOS SDK, Android SDK)
  • Extensibility enabling you to build your own custom cloud application development services in Node.js on the Appcelerator cloud for all your mobile apps.

On the other hand, Ionic provides the following key features:

  • Performance obsessed
  • Utilizes Angular and React
  • Native focused

"Easy to learn" is the top reason why over 3 developers like Appcelerator, while over 234 developers mention "Allows for rapid prototyping" as the leading cause for choosing Ionic.

Ionic is an open source tool with 38.5K GitHub stars and 13.1K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Ionic's open source repository on GitHub.

Accenture, Sellsuki, and Zenefits are some of the popular companies that use Ionic, whereas Appcelerator is used by BrightMachine, Manchester.com, and LilyPad. Ionic has a broader approval, being mentioned in 393 company stacks & 361 developers stacks; compared to Appcelerator, which is listed in 12 company stacks and 3 developer stacks.

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What is Appcelerator?

Appcelerator is the first mobile platform to combine the flexibility of open source development technologies with the power of cloud services.

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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    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.
    Android Studio
    Android Studio is a new Android development environment based on IntelliJ IDEA. It provides new features and improvements over Eclipse ADT and will be the official Android IDE once it's ready.
    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.
    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.
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    With Parse, you can add a scalable and powerful backend in minutes and launch a full-featured app in record time without ever worrying about server management. We offer push notifications, social integration, data storage, and the ability to add rich custom logic to your app’s backend with Cloud Code.
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    Reviews of Appcelerator and Ionic
    Review ofIonicIonic

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

    How developers use Appcelerator and Ionic
    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!

    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 Grupo Gamma Peninsular, SA de CV
    Grupo Gamma Peninsular, SA de CV uses AppceleratorAppcelerator

    Desarrollo de aplicaciones multi-plataforma con componentes nativos para iOS y Android

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    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 BrightMachine
    BrightMachine uses AppceleratorAppcelerator

    For building cross-platform mobile apps.

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