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
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.
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.
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.
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.