Understanding Native and Hybrid apps
What is iOS?
iOS, originally iPhone OS is Apple’s proprietary mobile operating system and it is only distributed exclusively for Apple products such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Based on the Macintosh OS X, iOS was first introduced back in January of 2007 alongside the original iPhone.
Known for its sleek and simple design, iOS uses multi-touch gestures, which is based on the concept of direct manipulation Interface. Its control elements consist of switches, buttons and sliders. Moreover, interaction with the operating system includes gestures such as swipe, tap, and pinch all of which have specific definitions in the context of the iOS and its multi-touch interface.
What is android?
Android is the operating system developed by Google. It was initially released on September 23, 2008. It is commonly installed on a variety of tablets and smartphones. Android phones are highly customisable and can be altered to meet your preferences and needs which can completely change the look of your device's interface. It provides the ability to change the default launcher, and hence the appearance and externally visible behaviour of Android. These appearance changes include a no dock or multi-page dock, and many more changes to fundamental features such as themes and the wallpaper of the user interface
Android's user interface is also mainly based on the concept of direct manipulation similar to that of iOS. It uses touch gestures that correspond to real-time actions, such as pinching, swiping and tapping to manipulate on-screen objects, along with a virtual keyboard to input texts.
Apache Cordova, initially known, as Phonegap is an open-source mobile application development framework. Originally created by Nitombi, Adobe Systems is now the licensed owner of it.
Apache Cordova can be a very useful tool for mobile application developers who want to extend their application across more than one platform, without having to re-implement it with each platform's language. Also, they can mix native application components with a WebView that can access device-level APIs and can also help to develop a plugin interface between WebView and the native components.
Moreover, popular apps such as Series Seven, Sprint Social, Monday delights were also made using Framework7.
With over 875,000 mobile apps built, Ionic is one of the world’s leading mobile app developing framework. It is a free and complete open-source SDK. Ionic offers a library of mobile-optimized CSS, HTML and Java Script components, gestures, and tools for building highly interactive apps.
With minimal, zero jQuery, DOM manipulation and hardware-accelerated transitions, Ionic is built to have an amazing performance and on the latest mobile devices. It also utilizes Angular in order to create a powerful SDK, which is suitable if you want to develop rich and robust applications. One such component provided by the angular is its collection repeats which allows users to scroll through a list of thousands of items without any performance hits. Another such of its component includes scroll-view that creates a scrollable container with which users can interact using a native-influenced system.
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