Ionic vs. PhoneGap vs. NativeScript

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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 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 NativeScript?
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    Cons

    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?
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    Companies

    What companies use Ionic?
    350 companies on StackShare use Ionic
    What companies use PhoneGap?
    85 companies on StackShare use PhoneGap
    What companies use NativeScript?
    9 companies on StackShare use NativeScript

    Integrations

    What tools integrate with Ionic?
    7 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
    • Expo - Making React Native Easier

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    Latest News

    Tips & Tricks for Ionic on Desktop
    Customizing Ionic Apps for Web & Mobile
    Announcing the Ionic PWA Toolkit Beta
    Announcing NativeScript-Vue 1.0
    Building an Awesome Login Screen with NativeScript
    A New Way to Learn NativeScript Layouts


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