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January 10, 2017

Top 9 JavaScript Frameworks for Mobile App Development

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JavaScript frameworks for mobile app development are a dime a dozen. This makes it difficult for mobile app developers to zero in on the right framework to sufficiently address their requirements. Asking peer developers for suggestions does not help much either — every developer may give a different recommendation based on their own preferences.

So, to make it easy for you, we have listed the top nine time-tested JavaScript frameworks for mobile application development, to make it simpler to choose the right one for you.

1. DHTMLX Touch

If you are looking for a JavaScript framework that offers an easy and intuitive way to build mobile apps that are optimized for touchscreen devices, your search should end with DHTMLX Touch. This framework offers minimal scripting to help you develop robust mobile apps that can run on both Android and iOS.

This HTML5 framework also offers a wide variety of UI components, such as dataviews, lists, forms, charts, carousels, videos and calendars. In addition, DHTMLX Touch supports event handling, such as touch events, keyboard events and click events, all while allowing data storage on the client side (offline storage).

2. Zepto.js

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If you know jQuery, then this framework is perfect for you. Zepto.js is a jQuery-compatible open-source JavaScript framework that was specifically built for mobile WebKit browsers, such as Chrome and Safari.

You can develop mobile apps faster than apps developed with jQuery mobile by using this framework and the biggest advantage is that you can easily replace it with larger libraries when your app grows.

The framework also has a lightweight codebase (only 5KB) and the design is much simpler and smoother than jQuery. That being said, the architecture of Zepto.js is similar to that of jQuery.

3. Enyo

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This is a free object-oriented cross-device app framework that uses HTML5 and JavaScript to help you develop mobile apps on several platforms, including Android, iOS, Blackberry and Windows.

The latest version of Enyo comes with some great features, such as localization and internationalization. Many successful and popular apps, such as LG Smart TV apps, have been built with Enyo.

4. Sencha Touch

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Sencha Touch is the first HTML5 framework for tablets and Smartphones. It is one of the fastest mobile app frameworks and uses CSS3 and HTM5 to develop view controllers.

Sencha Touch offers many developer-friendly features, such as a rich UI and extensive data package, and a set of themes for different mobile platforms. Also, it comes with a commercial IDE that includes a full-featured widget library.

The framework has a paid license for SDK and a free license for development and the documentation includes both step-by-step procedures and conceptual overviews.

5. Meteor

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Meteor is an excellent JavaScript framework to develop interactive mobile apps and gives you ongoing control over your app. You do not need a developer to update the JavaScript code and you can use the hot code push function to implement the changes to users on all mobile platforms.

Meteor incorporates its miniMongo (a JavaScript implementation of the MongoDB API) database in a phone’s internal memory to maintain a local copy of the data and provides all the phone-to-server data communication and synchronization.

6. PhoneGap

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This framework is based on Cordova that uses the built-in JavaScript APIs to connect to a device’s native functions, such as Geolocation, contacts and camera. PhoneGap is used to build native hybrid apps for multiple platforms and comes with a WSYIWYG IDE and has built in emulation.

Developers can easily master this framework because it is just an app wrapper. It generates and toggles between JavaScript code and the UI. PhoneGap also enables you to use the same codes that you wrote in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and generates APIs for mobile OS, such as Android and iOS.

7. Appcelerator Titanium

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If you want to develop native cross-platform apps, then Appcelerator Titanium is the perfect framework for you. This is an open-source JavaScript framework that does not require you to manage multiple developer toolkits, languages and methodologies. It helps you develop a mobile app with ease.

Appcelerator Titanium works on the popular MVC model, which helps you easily integrate switches, tabs, table views and popovers as well as create agile and scalable apps quickly. It even comes with features that allow you to interact with the native functionality of the device, such as the native file storage system and camera. In addition, the framework has a large active support community that will help you get a lot of assistance from your peer developers.

8. jQuery Mobile

jQuery Mobile helps develop apps that are accessible on all touch-enabled and mobile devices quickly. It uses CSS3 and HTML5 to develop a mobile app UI and provides a great UI across mobile platforms, such as Web OS, Symbian, Android, iOS, Blackberry, and Windows.

The jQuery Mobile framework also allows you to create custom themes and it is easy to integrate it with third-party or other technologies.

The latest version of jQuery Mobile is faster than the previous ones and offers a lightweight code base, which optimizes its speed further. jQuery Mobile is easy to learn because it is built on core jQuery and comes with comprehensive documentation.

9. Mobile Angular UI

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This is a framework for Angular lovers. It comes with several interesting features, including sidebars, overlays, scrollable areas, switches, and absolute positioned top and bottom navbars that do not bounce when scrolling. So, Mobile Angular UI offers mobile components that are unavailable with Bootstrap 3.

Although all the JavaScript frameworks offer interesting features, you should go for one that offers functionalities that can be applied properly in your mobile app development project. In a nutshell, choose the one that addresses your needs and saves you both time and money.

So, which JavaScript framework do you use for mobile app development? Have we missed any important ones? Let us know in the comments below.


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With more than 10 years of experience in mobile app development – both for Android and OS — Shishir Dubey is the founder of ChromeInfotech.com, a dynamic app development company that gets your app featured in the App Store in record time and on budget.

2 Responses to “Top 9 JavaScript Frameworks for Mobile App Development

    Thanks for sharing important information about javascript frameworks these are really helpful in chosing the right one for all the business needs. All these frameworks are time-tested having interesting features and functionalities with the help of which we can develop fully-functional mobile applications.

    Insightful and Informative article for every mobile application development companies across the world. Thank you so much for sharing this article. Keep writing.

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