Integrates Ionic SDK for Hybrid Mobile App Development

ionic, a cloud-based mobile app development Platform and mobile Back-end-as-a-service provider, has integrated the Ionic SDK to give developers the ability to more easily build hybrid mobile apps.

Ionic is a free and open source hybrid mobile app Framework based on Angular.js that allows developers to create apps using mobile-optimized HTML, CSS and JavaScript components., which bills itself as "the first low-code platform for the rapid development and deployment of cross-device applications," already supports other popular SDKs and frameworks frequently used to implement hybrid mobile apps, including Apache Cordova and JQuery Mobile. It offers developers a visual IDE, app templates, team management, back-end storage and testing functionality. Developers can also build their Android, iOS and Windows Phone projects in the cloud for distribution via Google Play, the Apple Store and the Windows App Store. Pricing for starts at $25 per month. says its ecosystem consists of more than 200,000 developers, and it sees the Integration of Ionic into its platform as a key addition to its offering. "With the integration of Ionic’s capabilities into our platform, we’ve been able to close the gap between fully native and hybrid apps so that developers don’t have to choose between speed, cost and User Experience," CEO Fima Katz stated in a press release.

Ensuring that it supports new hybrid mobile development technologies could be crucial to the success of platforms like Despite the many appealing features of hybrid apps, native app development remains the approach of choice for many companies. There are numerous reasons for this. Performance is a big one. Full access to device capabilities and robust tooling is another.

But hybrid mobile app development is increasingly popular, and Ionic is one of the newer hybrid mobile development frameworks seeking to address some of the limitations seen with other hybrid mobile development tools. In an effort to provide a native-like development experience, Ionic is modeled on native mobile development SDKs. In an effort to provide greater performance, it promises minimal DOM manipulation, offers hardware-accelerated transitions and is free of jQuery.

Eventually, the combination of frameworks like Ionic and cloud platforms like could help hybrid mobile app development overcome some of its perceived shortcomings.

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