Best Android development frameworks 2019

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With the rise in the number of smartphones, business establishments have been releasing innumerable apps to keep in touch with their existing and prospective customers on the move. Triggered by this proliferation of apps, a large number of standardized frameworks emerged for the development of mobile apps as a natural response to the market trends. With a variety of frameworks for Android to choose from, programmers are constantly on the lookout for the best Android framework from the group. Let us examine some of them here.

Ionic

Ionic is a free, open-source development framework written in Javascript. It was created by Drifty Co. in 2013, and its MIT license guarantees that it will always remain free. Even when we make use of it as an Android framework to develop our app, it is also possible to transfer the app to any other platform if needed, without much hassle as it is also a cross-platform framework. Ionic also provides its own Integrated development environment (IDE) known as Ionic Studio. It has a huge community online where the developers can get dedicated support with bugs or other issues during the development process. An exhaustive list of features makes it a popular, demanded framework.

Xamarin

Xamarin is a blessing for the developers who are more used to C# instead of Java. It has a complete set of C# code base to help the C# developers. Integration with visual studio increases its capability with the help of numerous handy features. A special feature of Xamarin is the Xamarin Test Cloud that helps test the apps during the development process in the cloud with simulated real-user interactions. Reputed organizations such as 3M, AT&T, and HP have made use of this Android framework to build their apps.

React Native

React Native is an open-source mobile application framework. The basic building blocks are the same as those of Java. Hence, it is hard to differentiate it from a typical Java cross platform mobile app. Furthermore, codes written in Java or another language can be used to personalize React Native as per the developer’s wish. It was originally Facebook’s Javascript framework before it was made open source. Inserting web views with the native applications gave the best of both worlds – the developer’s as well as the user’s. Instagram and Tesla have created their apps using it.

Apache Cordova

Apache Cordova, also known as PhoneGap, is one of the free, open source frameworks for Android development that combines the features of three languages: HTML5, CSS and Javascript. The resulting program is hybrid in that it is neither fully web-based nor native. Instead, it combines the advantages of both and presents the output as the Android app. It thus allows developers to create multi-platform apps using a single code base.

Flutter

Flutter was created by Google and is an open-source app development framework. The Flutter engine is primarily written in C++, so it uses a Dart platform intended for fast apps. It has a Foundation library providing an array functions with which you can create various applications. It ensures low-level rendering support with the help of the Google Skia graphics library. There are chances that developers who are only used to other more popular languages might feel a bit strange with Dart in the beginning.

Conclusion

Though we discussed several reputed frameworks for Android, what we could call the best Android framework will differ from developer to developer. It depends on many factors. For instance, if your aim is to design something specific for the device, a native framework would be the right solution. However, if the planned app is general and universal, one of the cross-platform frameworks would be an excellent choice. 

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