Ionic is a structure intended for mobile app development that is based on HTML5 technology. The app is developed for building primarily hybrid mobile applications. The hybrid mobile apps are actually small websites that run within a browser crust within an app having access to a native platform layer. The hybrid apps come with a range of benefits over the traditional pure native apps, particularly in terms of speed of development, platform support as well as access to the third party code. Ionic serves as a frontend UI framework which can be used for handling the aesthetic and functional aspects of UI interactions for various hybrid apps. With the help of Ionic, app developers can create more dynamic and compelling hybrid apps since they have access to greater support for beautiful design elements, slick animations and diverse native mobile components.
Ionic is packed with native-styled mobile user interface layouts and elements that are commonly available with native SDK on Android or iOS but do not come with the web. The Ionic framework also offers some powerful ways for building mobile applications that even overshadow the currently existing and common HTML5 development frameworks. As Ionic is developed with the HTML5 framework, it requires a native wrapper such as PhoneGap or Cordova in order to operate as native app. Apps that are built on the Ionic framework are known to be aesthetically pleasing, multifunctional and user friendly.
Ionic was created with the sole aim of presenting a framework that makes use of HTML5 which can be easily used by app developers to create apps meant for the mobile platform. With the gradual development of the desktop computers and speedy enhancement of the browser technology, more people preferred to use browsers for their browsing and computing purposes. This led to the development of the web applications that became increasingly better and advanced with time. Likewise, the recent development of smartphones and tablets has made it possible for users to depend on them most of the time when they need to run any kind of web applications. This naturally increased the demand for a framework that can be used for creating hybrid mobile apps that offer seamless and smooth performance.
Mobile App Development Framework
Ionic offers a smart HTML5 mobile app development framework that can be used for creating hybrid and native apps instead of the mobile websites. With the help of Ionic, app developers can create mobile apps that are not meant to be functional with mobile browser apps like Safari or Chrome but with low level browser shells like UIWebView for iOS or WebView for Android, which are effectively wrapped by tools such as PhoneGap and Cordova. The Ionic app development framework is also an open source program that comes with open source license which can be used for developing open source as well as commercial apps. Ever since the framework was launched, there has been a strong community of followers around it. Ionic is also compatible with CSS which can be used for creating the hybrid apps.