Top 10 Mobile App Development Frameworks for 2019 - Mindster

Top 10 Mobile App Development Frameworks for 2019

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Do you know how many mobile apps there are right now?

Believe it or not, there are more than 5 million apps across Android, iOS, and Windows platforms.

But have you ever wondered how these apps are developed? or

What kinds of tools and mobile app frameworks are used to develop these apps?

We might have never bothered to ask these questions. But we can indisputably acknowledge the fact that mobile apps are an indispensable part of our lives, right?. 

We get all our demands fulfilled seamlessly via apps, whereas business organizations strengthen their market using the same apps. It’s a perfect Win-Win!

But the question remains as to how we can develop an app. Of course, a reliable mobile app development company can take care of that part pretty well. But having a clear perspective on the latest mobile app frameworks and tools gives you an extra edge when hiring a mobile app developer.

So..What is a mobile app framework?

Mobile apps are proven to be the perfect tactic for businesses to strengthen their user base. And there is never a shortage of unique app ideas. All of it worked really well in favor of mobile app development companies.

Developing an app doesn’t require you to learn complex programming languages. All you need is the right mobile app framework and a clear understanding of web-based languages like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

A mobile app framework is an app development platform that contains many components like toolsets, compilers, debuggers, coding interfaces, and so on. So a developer writes the source code for the app, and then the framework renders the app for the desired mobile platforms by using different components.

Types of Mobile App Frameworks

There are many mobile platforms out there, such as Android, iOS, and Windows. There are different forms of apps as well. We’re not talking about app categories such as shopping apps or gaming apps. But in terms of how the apps function in a device.

So that way, Mobile apps can be classified into three forms.

Native apps – Developed for specific platforms like Android, iOS, and Windows. Apps utilize device features like RAM, camera, GPS, etc.

Web apps – Functions via browser interfaces

Hybrid apps – The combination of both native and web apps 

These apps are generally developed using the following frameworks.

  • Native app framework
  • Hybrid app framework

Native apps are arguably the best quality apps in terms of their aesthetic and functional aspects. But native app development is comparatively costly. And the diversity of devices and platforms can be a challenge in ensuring the maximum user penetration. 

So when budget constraints and the maximum number of users are the objectives, a mobile app development company sometimes opt for hybrid app development tools or cross-platform app development tools.

So keeping all of these in mind, let’s see some of the top mobile app frameworks one by one.

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1. React Native

React Native has become one of the go-to solutions in javascript based mobile app frameworks. Although relatively a newbie, React Native has garnered the love of mobile app developers in a short span of time.

React Native is an open-source, cross-platform app development framework from the house of Facebook. We can build apps for both Android and iOS very seamless by using ReactNative. Its faster development and deployment processes are the reasons behind its universal popularity. 

Many top apps like Instagram, tesla, Airbnbnb, skype, and amazon prime videos are developed using React native.

Features of React Native

  • Impeccable performance
  • Reusable components
  • Integration with third-party plugins

2. Flutter


Flutter is an excellent choice for developing aesthetically pleasing mobile apps. By employing a 2D graphics library called skia, the visual aspects of the apps can be elevated to higher levels. Intuitive widgets, material designs, and eye-popping animations also provide an interactive user experience for mobile users.

But the exciting thing is that visual exuberance doesn’t interfere with performance. Scrolling, navigation, icons, and fonts all are made to be seamless and identical to native performance.

Unlike many other mobile app frameworks, the codes are written in dart language. And the codes can be reused for upcoming tasks as well. The backing of Google itself gives Flutter an extra edge of credibility. 

Features of Flutter

  • Faster Development
  • Cross-platform
  • Attractive and Interactive visuals
  • Native like performance

3. Xamarin

Xamarin is another cross-platform app development framework for producing android and ios apps. Since they use C# language, It requires lesser codes. So the coding process is faster. It also lets us share the codes across different platforms like Windows and macOS quickly.

Since creating an app is a lot faster now, you may think that faster development implies compromised designs and performance. But the apps developed on Xamarin provide seamless native performance in terms of both quality and performance.

IT giant Microsoft now owns Xamarin. So its integration with Microsoft visual studio is a bonus to develop the apps with increased control and efficiency.

Features of Xamarin

  • Rapid Development
  • Native look and feel
  • Compatible with various

4. Ionic


Ionic is another universally employed mobile app framework that has quickly become a favorite pick for app developers. It’s a free app development platform that uses the combination of CSS3, HTML, and JavaScript technologies to develop native, web, and hybrid apps.

Ionic is an ideal pick for developing hybrid apps and progressive web apps by using HTML5 technology. Hybrid apps have almost all the qualities of both native apps and web apps in a single app. That includes uniform designs, performance boosts, and support for all devices, and so on.

The apps built on Ionic can be distributed across multiple app stores and installed on devices by utilizing Cordova or Capacitor.

Features of Ionic

  • Cross-platform app development
  • Uniform UI
  • Optimized Performance
  • User adaptability

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5. Apache Cordova (PhoneGap)

Phone gap

The app development has to be seamless and collaborative at times to meet the objectives quickly. In that regard, Phonegap is arguably one of the most developer-friendly mobile app frameworks out there.

PhoneGap is a cross-platform app development framework that employs CSS3, HTML5, and javascript depend on the platforms of devices.

When we develop the app locally, we can instantly see how the app looks and works through the PhoneGap developer app without having to resign or reinstall the app to test the code. That way, we can also access device APIs that may be unavailable in web browsers.

Developers can also use many Cordova plugins to make use of the device capabilities like camera, GPS, sound, and accelerometer, etc. to provide a native-like app experience.

Features of PhoneGap

  • Single codebase
  • Faster development process
  • Third-party tools for app management

6. Corona SDK

The best way to pick the suitable app development framework is by comparing different tools with one another. So, in contrast to other app development frameworks, Corona is considerably fast, simple, and comprehensive.

Corona is a free cross-platform app development tool that is best suited for creating high-quality apps and games for various mobile and desktop platforms. They use a robust yet lightweight scripting language called Lua for providing apps and games with higher graphics quality.

They also allow you to test the end-products on real devices instantly. Once the app is built and deployed, the code/assets update automatically.

Features of Corona SDK

  • Top-notch Visuals
  • Wide variety of plugins
  • Realtime testing
  • Optimal performance

7. Mobile Angular UI

mobile angular ui

Mobile apps are developed on various technologies. One doesn’t have to learn every other language and tools to build an app. If you’re well versed with angular js and bootstrap, Mobile Angular UI is the one for you. It’s equally simple and quicker.

Mobile Angular UI lets you build mobile apps using HTML5  with the inclusion of many essential mobile components like switches, navigation bars, overlays, and scrollable areas. All of these factors make angular UI is a worthy pick.

Features of Mobile Angular UI

  • Easy to use
  • Faster desktop to mobile app conversion
  • Integration with fastclick.js and overthrow.js

8. NativeScript

native script

NativeScript is a perfect example of “two needs with one deed.” That means we can develop genuinely native apps with a single code base for all platforms. As simple as that!. 

As the name vaguely implies, Native script works based on javascript technology by using frameworks like Vue.js and Angular. We can also transpile other languages to Javascript using typeScript.

Nativescript also gives you direct access to all iOS and Android APIs, along with free templates and app samples. They have a collection of free extensile plugins for various purposes as well.

Features of NativeScript

  • Cross-platform
  • Easily adaptable
  • Plugins and templates

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9. Appcelerator Titanium


It’s high time for web developers to switch the gear into the mobile app development field. Frameworks like Appcelerator Titanium embrace the idea of web technology-based app development.

Appcelerator employs javascript for developing native apps for Android, iOS, and windows from a single code. The app development on Appcelerator goes beyond just developing the app. It also allows testing and eventually deploying the app all in one place.

Its Titanium SDK is an ideal app development kit. It contains many distinctive APIs to access native UI components like menus, navigation bars, dialogue boxes, and hardware functionalities like filesystems, maps, accelerometer, camera, etc. 

Features of Appcelerator

  • Live app preview
  • Reduced Development time and cost
  • Access to third party libraries

10. Laravel


PHP development is an underrated platform in mobile app development. If you are a skilled PHP developer,  Laravel is a natural choice for developing web and hybrid apps. They go by the motto of  ‘Value elegance, simplicity, and readability’ in the app development cycle.

Laravel is a free PHP mobile app framework that requires comparatively lesser coding. So the development process is considerably quicker. The fewer code system also allows us to detect and fix errors pretty quickly.

Features of Laravel

  • Object-oriented
  • Libraries and modular
  • Unit Testing

These are the top-rated mobile app frameworks in 2019. So if you’ve got the right app ideas, it’s high time to get on board with the development process. If you manage to execute it flawlessly, you’ll never have to look back.

So if you are planning on integrating your business with mobile apps, Mindster would fulfill your all demands to the fullest. They’ve developed many innovative mobile apps like Piu, C3 Card, Mytown for both Android and iOS.

Thejes Udayan

Thejes Udayan  

Thejes Udayan, is the Technical Content Writer at Mindster, with an extensive experience in covering the latest developments in software and mobile technology. He specializes in writing to client-specific needs through intensive research on topics. He also has an arts background that adds to his creative style of presentation.

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