Ionic vs. PhoneGap vs. Web Starter Kit

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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 Web Starter Kit?

Web Starter Kit is a starting point for multi-screen web development. It encompasses opinionated recommendations on boilerplate and tooling for building an experience that works great across multiple devices. We help you stay productive and aligned with the best practices outlined in Google's Web Fundamentals.

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Why do developers choose Ionic?
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Why do developers choose Web Starter Kit?
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What are the cons of using Ionic?
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What are the cons of using Web Starter Kit?
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What companies use Ionic?
528 companies on StackShare use Ionic
What companies use PhoneGap?
119 companies on StackShare use PhoneGap
What companies use Web Starter Kit?
2 companies on StackShare use Web Starter Kit
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 Web Starter Kit?
1 tools on StackShare integrate with Web Starter Kit

What are some alternatives to Ionic, PhoneGap, and Web Starter Kit?

  • 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
  • NativeScript - Build truly native apps with JavaScript

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