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Which Way to Go: iOS, Android, or Ionic?

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Which Way to Go: iOS, Android, or Ionic?

Mobile development is on the rise, and there's a strong onus on cross-platform development to accommodate a variety of devices. Here's a breakdown of iOS vs. Android vs. Ionic, with an overview of cross-platform development​, and pros of Ionic.

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As of 2016, mobile commerce penetration is expected to be 84.6% as per a report by eMarketer and Android holds 61% market share for business application development while iOS holds 21%.

Increasingly, Ionic or cross-platform applications are gaining traction, as cross-platform app development technologies have matured and it is possible to deliver highly sophisticated and agile solutions at a nominal cost. Also, while on the face of it, Android is the market leader for app market share, iOS is more profitable. Besides, Windows Phone also has a sizeable market share that cannot be ignored.

Cross-platform App Development

Cross-platform enables your application to become accessible to all users and not just the 80% market share that iOS has. Ionic app development solutions are delivered using AngularJS and HTML5+CSS. Hence, Ionic offers incredible width for building hybrid applications that are easily integrated with the system.

Android, iOS, and All

For a business, which platform is a big decision to make? While iOS gives faster market coverage and higher revenue, Android is ideal for local markets with powerful Google platform and mass audience. With an Ionic application, the answer is easily answered as simultaneous presence can be created on all platforms, with a uniform application performance.

One-size Fits All?

Ionic is a solution, but not for all mobile application development needs. With an open source SDK, HTML5 and JavaScript, the application will have access to the native platform layer. It speeds the development proves and gives access to third party code. PhoneGap provides the requisite native wrapper to enable the app to run as a native app on the device.

Benefits of Ionic

  • It is open source that means it's free

  • It is easier to market and generate popularity

  • Saves time, money and enables faster release

  • Using CSS and JavaScript components, beautiful user interface can be designed effortlessly and can be customized to suit individual business needs

  • Developers can use Angular, which is promoted by Google and makes app development a pleasure

Looking forward

The Ionic framework will dominate the market as it is the dominant HTML5 mobile app development framework. Ionic apps are best suited for internal enterprises where platform reach is more important than user experience. New Ionic hybrid mobile app development technologies offer scope for creating agile applications with extensive capabilities.

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ionic framework ,ios 9 app development ,android ,phonegap ,angularjs 2 ,mobile app ,app development

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