Ionic
Ionic

3K
2.4K
1.7K
JUniversal
JUniversal

1
7
0
Add tool

Ionic vs JUniversal: What are the differences?

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.

What is JUniversal? A new, Java-based approach to cross-platform mobile apps (used by Google Inbox and Google Spreadsheets). The vision of JUniversal came from some guys at Nokia who possess considerable expertise both in Java and in building cross-platform apps. They built this tool to provide an elegant way to translate source code and make it useful across multiple platforms. JUniversal offers you the freedom to write your shared code in Java and then translate it to C# (available now) or to C++/Objective C++ (coming soon). You can also combine JUniversal with Google’s j2objc translator to translate Java to Objective-C for iOS.

Ionic and JUniversal can be primarily classified as "Cross-Platform Mobile Development" tools.

Some of the features offered by Ionic are:

  • Performance obsessed
  • Utilizes Angular and React
  • Native focused

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

  • OAuth (based on Scribe)
  • JSON
  • Unit testing (JUnit)

Ionic and JUniversal are both open source tools. It seems that Ionic with 38.5K GitHub stars and 13.1K forks on GitHub has more adoption than JUniversal with 132 GitHub stars and 22 GitHub forks.

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 JUniversal?

The vision of JUniversal came from some guys at Nokia who possess considerable expertise both in Java and in building cross-platform apps. They built this tool to provide an elegant way to translate source code and make it useful across multiple platforms. JUniversal offers you the freedom to write your shared code in Java and then translate it to C# (available now) or to C++/Objective C++ (coming soon). You can also combine JUniversal with Google’s j2objc translator to translate Java to Objective-C for iOS.

Want advice about which of these to choose?Ask the StackShare community!

Why do developers choose Ionic?
Why do developers choose JUniversal?
    Be the first to leave a pro

    Sign up to add, upvote and see more prosMake informed product decisions

    What are the cons of using Ionic?
    What are the cons of using JUniversal?
      Be the first to leave a con
      What companies use Ionic?
      What companies use JUniversal?

      Sign up to get full access to all the companiesMake informed product decisions

      What tools integrate with Ionic?
      What tools integrate with JUniversal?

      Sign up to get full access to all the tool integrationsMake informed product decisions

      What are some alternatives to Ionic and JUniversal?
      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.
      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.
      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.
      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.
      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.
      See all alternatives
      Decisions about Ionic and JUniversal
      No stack decisions found
      Interest over time
      Reviews of Ionic and JUniversal
      Review ofIonicIonic

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

      How developers use Ionic and JUniversal
      Avatar of Google
      Google uses JUniversalJUniversal

      Comment from HackerNews (https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8998736)

      This is how Google Inbox and Google Spreadsheets works. See the slides from my recently produced GWT Create Session (http://t.co/ZvoaHxCoZT). J2ObjC slide deck here (https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1mW_Plm5jAygELf7qjVK7...) Videos of the conference will be online soon.

      Prior to that, some 20% Googlers also produced the PlayN library (https://github.com/threerings/playn) This was taken over by Michael Bayne who added an iOS backend by Bytecode -> IKVM -> Mono conversion. I beleive j2objc and RoboVM backends exist now as well.

      The major benefit of the j2objc approach is the avoidance of GC in favor of ARC, the conversion of message-sends into C-method calls when possible, and integration with existing iOS toolchain.

      When we started, it seemed like an iffy idea, but after developing a product delivered to millions of users on a high volume site (gmail) that has 70% code sharing, and being able to simultaneously develop, test, and deploy across the platforms reasonably efficiently, a lot of skeptics have become converts to the concept.

      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 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.

      How much does Ionic cost?
      How much does JUniversal cost?
      Pricing unavailable
      Pricing unavailable
      News about JUniversal
      More news