If you search on Google right now, “How many mobile apps are currently there on the internet, this is what you will find- There are 2.87 million apps available for download on the Google Play Store. 21% of Millennials open an app 50+ times per day”. (Build fire)

Isn’t it shocking statistics? No matter what industry you are currently engaged in or associated with, each of them either owns a mobile app of their own or at least are thinking of getting themselves one right away. Be it banking, gaming, media & entertainment, shopping, retail, healthcare, real estate, education, business, travel, you name it, and we need a mobile app for the same. The list does not end.

You will be amazed to find out
how mobile apps are going to bring a revolutionary change in transforming every sphere of businesses.  Every great mobile application is created with strong mobile application frameworks. 


In this blog, we are about to enlist the 9 most trustworthy mobile app development frameworks for 2021 that you can use to build your next application. The list is a refined representation of the technologies that are practical, reasonable, lets you multitask, imparts a native performance, ability to reuse the codes as well as comes with secured backend services. 

1. Flutter

One of the most popular and a mobile application frameworks straight from Google’s house had to top the list, flutter! It has undoubtedly been driving a contagious wave in the tech world for all the mobile and web developers out there. It is an open-source user interface software, exclusively developed by Google.

It is a one-stop-shop to find in abundance, the pleasing UI elements which will make your simple app come to life effortlessly. With 2D elements being one of the USPs, it takes your UI/UX up a notch with the help of an extensive graphics library named ‘Skia’. 

Written in C, C++, and Dart, it is compatible with all the operating systems ranging from iOS, Mac, Android, Linux, Windows, Google Fuchsia, all extracted out from a single codebase.

Key Features To Look Out For :-

i) Hot Reload For Transparent Communication Between Designers & Developers

ii) High Performance & Fast Development Process

iii) Instant Updates & Improvements Offers 

iv) Customized Widgets That Saves You Time

v) Similar User Experience As That Of A Native Application

2. React Native

React Native
Devised and exhibited exclusively by the social media dominator, Facebook, next on the list is React Native, an open-source software. It is backed with the precision of the javascript library that helps in developing premium iOS and Android apps.

It is free for the developers to use and works excellently on multiple platforms that include all the troops associated with Android, Mac, and Windows. 

Complemented by the goodwill of Facebook, it has led React Native to become one of the most prominent mobile application frameworks to use in 2021. When it comes to how it stands out from the rest of the mobile app frameworks, that has to be its capability to produce code that is platform-specific. The visually appealing UI kits it comes with,  ideally, harmonize the architecture of the mobile application.  

Key Features To Look Out For:-

i) UI Elements Linked With Native UI Environment

ii) Competent & Supports Third-Party Libraries

iii) Effortless Mobile Performance 

iv) Learn Once, Write Anywhere; Minimal Coding Requirement

v) Agile Development With Live Reloading

3. JQuery

The power lies in the simplicity of the APIs it presents. JQuery is yet another compelling mobile app development framework that lets you speed up the process through its highly responsive qualities. 

You can create user-friendly mobile pages in an unbelievably short span of time. Written in Javascript and based on the HTML5 framework, its capacity to work on every popular platform and even Kindle, makes it one of the most trusted platforms to exist in the market to work on. 

ThemeRoller happens to be its point of attraction wherein you get a whole lot of interactive details and themes to choose from for your mobile application. It’s up to you which variant suits the best for your app requirements- it can either be a stable version or a customized framework.

Key Features To Look Out For:-

i) Interactive Effects & Animations 

ii) Ability To Reuse The Codes 

iii) Light On The Size

iv) Uncomplicated API’s

4. Ionic

A flawless tool like ionic is well equipped to build robust applications which can run smoothly on iOS, Android, and Web platforms without any lag. Ionic came into existence in the year 2013, announced itself as an open-source mobile framework that uses web technologies like CSS, Javascript, and HTML to build cross-functional apps. 

You can get your hands on a wide range of interesting UI elements and components to make your app development process a lot intuitive and easier. The interactive forms, filters, menus, and action sheets make your app designs a treat to the eyes. 

It also incorporates a chain of other useful platforms that goes by the name Ionic Native as well as Cordova-based application packages. 


Key Features To Look Out For:-


i) Interactive Plugins 

ii) Pre-Installed UI Components

iii) Quick Development & Swift Implementation

iv) Operates On Angular JS

5. Xamarin

Maintained by Microsoft, Xamarin is quite widespread and holds a reputed name among the mobile app developers. It is a native platform that supports C# and .Net as its main framework, through which the native applications for iOS, Windows, and Android become a fluid process. 

What makes Xamarin successful is its premium ecosystem that consists of exclusive components and API’s to work with. The platform is stacked with several libraries, tools, and programming languages to make the app development process swift and rapid at the same time. 


Key Features To Look Out For:-

i) It Consists of Google Emulator manager

ii) Seamless API Integration

iii) Shareable Code Facility With Co-Developers

iv) Updated IDE

v) Effective Base Class Library

6. Adobe PhoneGap

Adobe Phone Gap

Sponsored by two of the most powerful companies, Apache and Adobe represents Adobe PhoneGap as a go-to platform for any android mobile app development requirements. It is also an open-source software that utilizes HTML, Javascript, and CSS3 frameworks for cross-platform operations.


Key Features To Look Out For:-


i) Easily Link Apps To Mobile Devices

ii) Compatible On All Platforms: iOS, Window & Android

iii) Easy Development Procedure

iv) Dynamic Backend Programming

7. Corona SDK

Corona SDK
If you always have been looking to develop cool gaming applications, Corona SDK is the platform developers trust the most. It is a sturdy framework that is also identified as a 2D game engine. It is deemed to be super agile, simple to get work done on, and remarkably comprehensive. Its Lua-based program makes it a compelling and lightweight language to operate heavy gaming operations on a day-to-day basis without any worries. 


With having a cross-platform facility, it’s an open-source framework as well which works for mobile as well as desktops efficiently. And when it comes to which platforms it can run on, the list goes on- iPad, Amazon Fire, Mac, Windows Desktop, Apple TV, Android TV, etc. 


Key Features To Look Out For:-


i) Premium Quality Visual Elements

ii) Wide Range Of Plugins To Choose

iii) Solid API Support

iv) Realtime Usability & Testing

8. Mobile Angular UI

Mobile Angular
With a blend of Angular and Bootstrap frameworks, mobile angular is an app development technology that not only offers interactive UI elements but is also an open-source platform. 

To create an in-depth enriching mobile screen, it further comes with the support of fastclick.js and overthrow.js features. Its responsive and easy-to-use framework makes it the number one pick for any developers who are looking to streamline their developing process even more. 


Key Features To Look Out For:-


i) Scope To Operate On Both; Desktop & Mobile

ii) No jQuery Support Required

iii ) Visually Appealing UI

9. Sencha Ext JS

Sencha Ext JS

It works on the Javascript framework and you can create hybrid models that also allow cross-platform functionality. One of its unique features is that it carries more than 115 pre-integrated and high-performing UI design elements to take your app up a notch. Out of the many components Sencha possesses, the most prominent ones are as follows- grids, D3, HTML5 calendar, lists, windows, panels, forms, etc. 


Key Features To Look Out For:-

i) Visual Representation Of Data

ii) Crisp Display Of Analytics

iii) Manages Voluminous Data Hassle-Free

iv) Easy To Manage Layout System

To Sum It Up

The above-mentioned frameworks are utilized and governed by the companies that you hear about now and then. To name a few, Facebook, Instagram, Airbnb, UberEats, Google Ads, Alibaba have been using either of these technologies to sustain their huge customer pool while imparting a great user experience to billions every day.

However, to be able to develop a mobile application from scratch, you need to make sure you are starting right and strong. The robust the platform you use, the likelier the results would be. So make it a point to choose wisely!

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