Mobile usage has dominated access to the web for quite sometime and web developers responded by creating responsive web pages

Mobile usage has dominated access to the web for quite some time and web developers responded by creating responsive web pages. But when we consider application development then we must consider mobile platforms such as iOS, Android, and Windows Phone and adopt the mobile-first approach and responsive application is not a great solution. One must build native phone apps but the question is do we built it natively on individual platforms or build a hybrid HTML5 based app that works across all platforms. The debate for developing hybrid (HTML5 based) vs native (Swift/Objective C,Java,.NET) apps has been going on for a long time and with hybrid frameworks like Ionic and Apache Cordova (PhoneGap) continue to mature; the voices for performance benefits of native to hybrid is drowning. At Zool, we consciously made a decision to shy away from developing native apps, as we did not want to invest talent into different platforms and technologies but concentrate on the universal web application platforms instead. So a natural progression to our web technology and platform focus is developing apps powered by the web for mobile and for us hybrid was always the way to go.

Our Mobile Tools, Libraries & Frameworks

We have been focusing and following the trends and frameworks in the Hybrid mobile space like Titanium and PhoneGap for some time. And with Ionic + Angular + Cordova, we find the perfect blend of a strong UI, Data Binding, and API coming together.

Majority of enterprise apps will be hybrid

Consumer/Enterprise Split in 2015

Category Native Hybrid Web
Consumer 40 40 20
Enterprise 10 60 30
Source: Gartner

Mobile Application Trends.

 
Cordova
Ionic
Angularjs
Appcelerator
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