Mobile Applications are the heart of the business. Today, the majority of the business happens over the phone. Customers prefer less physical interaction and more quality service over the phone and mobile Apps are indeed the best way to do so. As a result, the demand for Mobile Apps and the variety of tech stacks are growing significantly. Thus, the Ionic and Cordova result from these growing needs for robust mobile App development TechStack. Let’s understand each of these Mobile App development frameworks in more detail.
What is Apache Cordova?
What Is Ionic?
It largely focuses on UI Interaction i.e. optimizing the front-end user experience which wasn’t that great in Cordova. Besides this, it is easy to learn and integrate with other libraries, and frameworks such as React, Cordova, Angular, Vue etc. The ionic platform allows its components to adapt to the platform's requirements easily. However, there are still some security concerns with the platform that needs to be addressed. Since the Ionic technology is in the development phase, therefore it requires updating regular changes and standards to work optimally.
Ionic vs Cordova
There are some major differences between the Ionic and Cordova frameworks that define their suitability for the projects.
• Ionic provides frameworks for developing the applications whereas Cordova provides plugins to run the mobile applications similar to the native application.
• Ionic provides different integration functions whereas Cordova provides the hardware access for the device.
• Ionic does not allow developers to make their plugins whereas Cordova facilitates making their plugins. As a result, developers choose Cordova widely due to its plugin capabilities.
• The tools integrated with Cordova are Wikitude, GameAnalytics, LokiJS, WebStorm, and Sentry whereas tools that are usually integrated with Ionic are Readymag, Backand, Jscrambler, Atatus, etc.
Ideally, Ionic and Cordova are not seen as competitors instead Ionic is built as an extension of Cordova. Both these popular technologies are widely adopted in the market for developing Mobile Apps. Both these frameworks have an extended community of passionate developers. However, the combination of both these technologies forms a development platform that supports hybrid App development.