Ionic vs. PhoneGap vs. NativeScript



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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 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.

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 Ionic?
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Why do developers choose PhoneGap?
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Why do developers choose NativeScript?
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What are the cons of using Ionic?
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What are the cons of using PhoneGap?
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What are the cons of using NativeScript?
No Cons submitted yet for NativeScript
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What companies use Ionic?
526 companies on StackShare use Ionic
What companies use PhoneGap?
119 companies on StackShare use PhoneGap
What companies use NativeScript?
16 companies on StackShare use NativeScript
What tools integrate with Ionic?
8 tools on StackShare integrate with Ionic
What tools integrate with PhoneGap?
5 tools on StackShare integrate with PhoneGap
What tools integrate with NativeScript?
2 tools on StackShare integrate with NativeScript

What are some alternatives to Ionic, PhoneGap, and NativeScript?

  • React Native - A framework for building native apps with React
  • Xamarin - Create iOS, Android and Mac apps in C#
  • Apache Cordova - Platform for building native mobile applications using HTML, CSS and JavaScript
  • Flutter - Cross-platform mobile framework from Google

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