Top Frameworks For Developing An Android App
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If You Are Developing An Android App, Consider These Top Frameworks

Give a new life to your next app with these excellent frameworks.

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For a layperson, developing an app might sound like a team of developers working round the clock in a crowded office, coupled with sleepless nights and investment of accounted money. If you would have asked me initially, it was like this only. But the table has turned now.

With the unprecedented boom and innovations in the tech industry, the development of an app has become almost a cake walk; especially with the help of frameworks. The best part is, for developing an app, you don’t have to be a certified developer. Simply pick a framework on which you want to develop your app, and you are good to go.

Now, you must be thinking what a framework is? Well, let me tell you that a framework is a software library that lays the platform for the development of the app. In simple words, I can say, a framework is a chassis on which the app settles.

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If I talk about the Android apps, there are millions of apps available on the Google Play Store. You just name the utility, and you can find a relevant app in the store. Going forward, if you are also thinking of getting an app under your belt, here the best frameworks to develop an Android app.

Best Android Frameworks

All the frameworks mentioned over here are been extensively used by the developers across the globe. Therefore, going through various parameters and specifications, I have come up with this rundown. Take a look:

Best Android Frameworks

1. PhoneGap

PhoneGap lets you reuse existing web development skills to quickly make hybrid applications built with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. You can create experiences for multiple platforms with a single codebase so you can reach your audience no matter their device.

With PhoneGap Android app development framework, you can design app-store ready apps without the headache of maintaining native SDKs.

Notable Features:

  • Develop app without using the command line
  • Instantly see the changes that you make
  • Get your app ready without the maintenance of native SDKs
  • Rich library of plugins
  • Helpful developer community

2. Corona SDK

Corona is a cross-platform framework that can be used to create apps and games for mobile devices and desktop systems. That means you can create your project once and publish it to multiple types of devices, including Apple iPhone and iPad, Android phones and tablets, Amazon Fire, Mac Desktop, and more.

Corona Android app development framework speeds up the development process real fast. Moreover, you can also update your code, save the changes, and instantly see the results in our instant-update Simulator. When you're done with the app development, build and deploy your app and then see codes update automatically.

Due to its competency to perform at every core level, the apps are automatically compiled at build time, streamlined for performance and stability.

Notable Features:

  • Numerous plugins are available
  • The lua-base framework which is designed to be lightweight and fast
  • Can call any native  library or API using Corona
  • Develop apps for multiple platforms with just one code base

3. Xamarin

Much like other frameworks, you can create a native app for platforms like Android, iOS, and Windows. It works on a shared C# codebase that makes the code compatible with all the platforms. For the new OS releases, there is a window of moving cutting-edge apps with the same-day support that will help the developers to save time.

As a developer, you can check the functionalities of the app with Xamarin framework, which can be done in the cloud with regular tracking of the app.

4. Sencha Touch 2

Sencha Touch 2 is one of the best Android app development frameworks that can be used by the developers to design apps, and rich UI components are very helpful. This cross-platform is based on HTML5 and JavaScript for developing the mobile apps. Its built-in features include fluid animations, smooth scrolling, and adaptive layout engine.

Notable Features:

  • High-Performance, Native-Looking UI Widgets
  • Adaptive Layouts, Animations, and Smooth Scrolling
  • Backend Agnostic Data
  • Advanced Mobile Charting
  • Device Features and Native

5. Appcelerator

If you can develop a single JavaScript code base, Appcelerator can help you to design an excellent native mobile app. The framework is complemented with Titanium plus direct access to any native API with Hyperloop. The best part of the Appcelerator is that it is open for all the platforms and is free to use.

This cross-platform mobile app development framework can also be used to power mobile test automation, mobile backend as a service (MBaaS), and crash detection.

Notable Features:

  • Write in JavaScript and run on any device and OS
  • Verify apps with full mobile test automation
  • Get mobile-optimized access to any data source
  • See usage & adoption, detect crashes, tune performance

6. JQuery Mobile

jQuery Mobile is an HTML5-based user interface framework that is designed to create responsive websites and apps that can run on all smartphone, tablet and desktop devices. The framework follows "write less, do more" mantra. It allows the developers to design a single highly-branded responsive app that can work flawlessly on all popular smartphone, tablet, and desktop platforms.

jQuery Mobile Android app development framework is built on the rock-solid jQuery and jQuery UI foundation and offers Ajax navigation with page transitions, touch events, and various widgets. Its lightweight code is built with progressive enhancement, coupled with easily themeable design.

7. Ionic

Ionic can build high-fidelity apps in no time; all thanks to LiveDeploy, which let the developer deliver code updates, A/B test, content changes, and space to fix bugs before and after the app is developed. Furthermore, you can drag and drop core Ionic UI components, add design files, themes, animations, and tailor edit the codes.

With this Android app development framework, you can create native apps binaries in the cloud with Ionic Package to get from code to the app store with no platform dependencies or complicated build steps.

The Upshot

So, these are the best Android app development frameworks that can grease the wheels for you while developing an app.

For more insights about the framework landscape, you can go through our other articles like “Best Front-End Development Tools In 2018,” “Top Frameworks And Libraries For Software Development 2018,” and “10 Best Tools For Mobile App Development.”

Vikram Khajuria
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