What is the Difference Between Ionic and Xamarin?

Ionic and Xamarin

In an organization, they do not want to build mobile apps for separate mobile operating system. So, Ionic and Xamarin come. These two technologies are cost-cutting or time-saving and cross-platform frameworks that are highly useful. The Ionic and Xamarin are the web-based technology used for mobile app development. both ionic and Xamarin frameworks are designed to quickly get up to speed in developing native applications for multiple devices using HTML5/CSS, and JavaScript. Now, we discuss Ionic and Xamarin.

 

What is Ionic framework?

Ionic is an open source and software development kit that built to enable hybrid mobile app development. It is the front-end framework for mobile apps and contains a lot of mobile-optimized HTML, CSS and JavaScript components. Ionic is an HTML5 mobile app development framework for building hybrid mobile apps. It is used as the front-end UI framework that manages all of the looks and feels and UI interactions in an application. Since it is an HTML5 framework and it needs a native wrapper like Cordova or PhoneGap in order to run as a native app. It is also built on Angular and SAAS.

 

Why do we use the ionic tool?

We built Ionic because we believed that HTML5 would rule on mobile over time. We build an HTML5 mobile development framework that was focused on native or hybrid apps instead of mobile websites.

Some of the points are followed why do we use IONIC:

  • Native focused.
  • It has plain old CSS.
  • Preconfigured tools: Gulp, SAAS, Bower, etc.
  • It has great JavaScript framework and Cordova plugins.

 

What is Xamarin? 

Xamarin is a cross-platform app development tool that can help them in building cross-platform mobile applications. It supports wearable devices as well and builds native applications for Android Wear and Apple Watch as well. Through this tool, the developers can build native Android and iOS apps with the same feel and look and with the same user interface. If you are building a native app using Xamarin that means you are making native apps with more reliable, flexible, and Native performance.

 

Why do we use Xamarin tool?

These are the various reasons for creating high-quality cross-platform applications from Xamarin tool:

  • Android and iOS have distinct UI and SDK features which are responsible for the look and feel the apps on the respective platforms. It embraces them and allows sharing of logic across these platforms.
  • It requires the app developers to write lesser code, which translates into fewer bugs and faster time-to-market.
  • Most important thing is this, we can use the same API for creating applications for different platforms.
  • It supports various devices such as mobile phones, tablets, and wearables too. The tools like Xamarin Studio and Android SDK and GDK enable the creation of innovative apps.

 

 Ionic vs Xamarin

  • Ionic is fast with the help of emulator while in Xamarin it takes time to build the app. We need to be patient to debug or test codes in Xamarin.
  • Ionic can give you average user experience while in Xamarin, it can give the best and fast most authentic experience for users.
  • In Ionic, if we develop complex app then it is very difficult to maintain. while in Xamarin, it is easy to maintain.
  • Ionic is mostly based on JavaScript, not on C# and .NET. while Xamarin is based on C# and .NET and also best fitted for developers.
  • Ionic supports Android 4.4+, IOS 8+, and Windows 10. While in Xamarin, it supports Android 4.0.3+, IOS 8+, and Windows 10.

 

 Conclusion:

The Ionic and Xamarin are the web-based technology used for mobile app development. both ionic and Xamarin frameworks are designed to quickly get up to speed in developing native applications for multiple devices using HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript. So, I believe that it is one of the best options for hybrid app development among other frameworks available on the web. Finally, it’s the developer’s choice which framework he/she wants to use for their APP development.