The Top Mobile App Development Frameworks in 2022

The competition among mobile app development frameworks has been fierce in recent years, but which ones have the staying power to make it in 2022? That’s what the latest report from the International Data Corporation (IDC) suggests, with React Native taking first place as the most popular framework in 2022. Based on this new report, here are some of the trends we can expect to see in mobile app development company over the next five years.

A look at the challenges facing mobile app developers

Over time, smartphones and other mobile devices have changed beyond all recognition. They used to be a device for making calls and sending texts, but now people use them for everything from shopping to socialising with friends. This has transformed the world of mobile app development: modern apps are designed to perform a wide range of functions across many different platforms and operating systems. The key question is how much impact these changes will have on developers.

Mobile app development frameworks we analyzed

Lua (see Lua for Android), C#/.NET, Java, Objective-C (see Cocoa), Javascript, Phyton and Python. We did not include native mobile app development language like Swift, Kotlin or Dart. All frameworks support multiple platforms although some frameworks are better at supporting certain platforms than others. Depending on your needs any of these frameworks may fit your project perfectly so it is hard to say that one framework is better than other in a general sense.

Apache Cordova

The project started with Adobe, and it’s now open source. Cordova makes it easy to develop rich mobile applications using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. One of its main advantages is that you don’t need to learn a new programming language when you want to make a cross-platform app. The downside is that its feature set isn’t as extensive as some alternatives out there.

Android Studio / Google Developers

Android Studio, formerly known as Eclipse ADT, is an integrated development environment (IDE) for Android application development. It was developed by Google and was announced at Google I/O 2011. Prior to version 2.0 it was based on Eclipse. As of version 2.3, released February 4, 2016, Android Studio uses Gradle as its build system (previously Ant), linting via JaCoCo and support for unit testing with JUnit 4 and Mockito.

Xamarin

Microsoft’s Xamarin is one of today’s most popular mobile app development frameworks. It allows developers to code a single app that can then be used on iOS, Android, Windows, and macOS devices—all at once. This cross-platform tool helps companies cut down on costs by utilizing a single codebase across multiple systems.

Microsoft Visual Studio IDE

Visual Studio IDE (Integrated Development Environment) is a software program that includes everything you need to create mobile apps for Windows, Android, and iOS devices. This comprehensive platform uses high-level programming languages like C#, C++, HTML5 and Visual Basic to easily write code. It also offers debugging tools and preloaded frameworks with Xamarin that helps developers write cross-platform apps using shared code across devices.

React Native

The Rise of Framework Diversity . . . and Diversity Makes All Apps Better. React Native is a mobile app development framework from Facebook, developed to create native apps using JavaScript. In 2017, there were over 10 million downloads of React Native (source). It was one of several new developments that made for some great progress in both IoT and mobile device integration. By 2026, most people will have a smartwatch—and most watches will be connected to their phones via an app created by React Native or similar frameworks.

PhoneGap/Cordova Toolset

The toolset enables developers to write code once and deploy it across multiple mobile operating systems, including Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Blackberry OS and Symbian. The core technologies involved in PhoneGap/Cordova are HTML5 and CSS3, which means you can still develop native apps using standard web languages.

Ionic Framework

Ionic is an open source SDK that builds native-like apps using Web technologies (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript). Using Ionic’s SDK enables you to build your app once and then run it everywhere—anywhere there’s a browser. That means iPhones, iPads, Android phones and tablets, Macs, PCs—and more! Ionic gives you a complete toolbox for building top-quality mobile apps. It supports all major platforms out of the box.

CrossWalk/AppCentre Platform

The CrossWalk/AppCentre Platform has one of the most diverse app development frameworks on both mobile and desktop, with a wide range of customizable tools that are built around HTML5 and CSS3. While it is quite simplistic when it comes to functionality, that’s actually its greatest strength: It allows for easy manipulation of your app to make it exactly what you want it to be, whether that means integrating Paypal payments or re-arranging buttons and icons.

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