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Ionic vs PhoneGap vs Xamarin: What are the differences?

Typically Android apps are developed in Java and iOS in Objective-C or Swift. Cross-platform mobile development tools like Ionic, PhoneGap, and Xamarin allow you to develop for all mobile platforms using a single language. Ionic and PhoneGap are both JavaScript tools. Ionic uses AngularJS; PhoneGap uses straight Javascript. Xamarin, on the other hand, uses C#.

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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 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.

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.

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Why do developers choose Ionic vs PhoneGap vs Xamarin?

  • Ionic is most popular with Angular developers, who list rapid prototyping and its ability to reuse frontend Angular code on mobile as pros.
  • PhoneGap is backed by Adobe; developers call it easy and developer friendly and appreciate that it’s not bound to a specific framework.
  • Xamarin is built for C# coding, so typically attracts fans who appreciate the power of C# on mobile devices. They also cite the ability to leverage Visual Studio and the complete lack of JavaScript as pros.

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

  • NativeScript - Build truly native apps with JavaScript
  • Apache Cordova - Platform for building native mobile applications using HTML, CSS and JavaScript
  • React Native - A framework for building native apps with React

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