The usage and popularity of the Android operating system are right now unstoppable: There are more than 6.6 billion smartphones in use as of 2022, and a record 1.4 billion new smartphones are being shipped every year.
For these smartphone users, there are 2.56 million Android apps in usage, and this is just the start.
Content-hungry consumers are demanding better, more realistic, and more powerful Android apps, and there is a huge demand for them, globally.
Around 400 billion app downloads are happening every year, and on average, a smartphone user spends 2.3 hours daily on mobile apps.
The numbers speak for themselves: If you have a good, creative, useful Android app that solves smartphone users’ problems, the sky's the limit. People need information, data, entertainment, ideas, friendship, and more via apps, and this is the best time to launch a new Android app and grab a pie of this ever-burgeoning market.
If you are planning to launch a new Android app, then you must select a good framework for creating the app and ensure consistent performance.
Before we share the top 5 Android platforms for apps, let’s first understand what exactly is a framework?
What is a Framework?
While developing any mobile application, be it on Android or iOS, or hybrid, we need a platform, which provides templates, components, and a structure for the application. This is the framework we are talking about, that helps the developers to get a layout, a canvas for the app development.
Applying codes across various modules, testing them, and enhancing them form the core objectives and purpose of application frameworks.
Depending on the usage of the app, there are three types of frameworks: Native, Hybrid, and Web. While native frameworks are dedicated to one particular environment, say Android or iOS; hybrid framework supports both Android and iOS apps. Web frameworks are only for creating web-based applications.
Top 5 Android Frameworks
Here are the top 5 Android frameworks, which are popular due to their functionalities and features.
Facebook first developed React, which is a library for the web interface, while React Native is a full-fledged framework for mobile apps. Some of the biggest tech companies such as Uber, Instagram, Oculus, Coinbase, etc are right now using React Native for their mobile apps.
- One single code base can be used for creating mobile apps for different operating systems
- It has Live Reload, to view the changes made in real-time, as soon as they are implemented Modular programming, that makes it easy to integrate updates
- Being Open-Source, help, and assistance can be easily received and given
Hosted by Google, Flutter is one of the most popular mobile app frameworks, which is based on Dart, an open-source software development platform.
Flutter was launched in 2017, but within 5 years, around 42% of mobile developers are using Flutter for creating their mobile apps.
Within Flutter, there is a widget group called Material Design, which uses Google design for Android apps, and there is Cupertino, that’s mainly used for iOS designs.
- Its extremely fast and swift, and will take half of the time needed for creating mobile apps
- It’s a cross-platform mobile app development framework, which supports both Android and iOS environments
- Hot-reload feature, that enables you to see the changes, without even restarting the application
- Complex widgets and functionalities can be easily incorporated
There are more than 5 million developers, who are using Ionic and they have launched more than 5 million mobile apps across all mobile operating systems.
- Ionic can be seamlessly integrated with Angular, React, Vue or can be used without any framework as well
- There are tons of easy to use UI components such as cards, buttons, pop-ups, lists, segments, input fields
- With LiveReload, the developer can view the modifications instantly
- Tons of different plugins are available for supporting different functionalities
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology has certified this framework
Xamarin is a popular and extremely flexible framework, that can be used by those who are experts in C# language, and it can be deployed to leverage the power of Objective-C, Java, C, and C++ libraries to maximum usage.
With Xamarin, we can use one code-base for business logic, that can be used across different mobile apps, with different user interfaces.
- Supports cross-platform application development, thus, one code for Android, iOS operating systems
- Visual Studio can be used for both Mac and Windows environments
- For Android, Java and Android SDKs need to be installed
- High-quality UI and UX, which gives a Native look and feel
- Has over 40 cross-platform layouts, for different devices
- One single API can be used for different mobile platforms
NativeScript is one of the most popular frameworks for native app development, which provides the user with a hardcore native experience, despite being a cross-platform framework.
- With NativeScript Playground, developers can create simple apps without installing any SDK
- Provides numerous plugins and templates to make the development process faster, seamless
- It provides access to all Android and iOS APIs
- It can be adapted to different use cases, without any hassles
- Employes popular technologies, which makes the task of developer super easy, and fast
If you are keen to know more about Android and cross-platform mobile frameworks and wish to launch a new mobile app by using them, then we at TechAhead can help you right away. Get in touch with our Android app development company and ensure the mega-success of your new application.