Top 9 Cross-Platform App Development Frameworks in 2020

Ojus Sharma
Ojus Sharma, Co-founder and CEO at APPLIFY
Published on Dec 27, 2019 in Cross Platform Developers Resources

In the last few years, there has been an explosive growth in cross-platform app development. All leading mobile app development companies like Applify are equipping themselves with relevant mobile app development tools and are hiring cross-platform developers to build advanced and functional cross-platform mobile apps.
Let’s take a look at the top cross-platform app development frameworks to help you develop amazing mobile apps. 


Flutter is one of the most popular cross-platform frameworks developed in 2017 and maintained by Google.
Top features:

  • Flutter essentially uses Dart but also uses Objective C, Swift, or Java, it supports many other languages in the backend.
  • Offers additional benefits like widgets, foundation libraries, and more
  • Responsive, performance-driven, and easy-to-use interface
  • Clear documentation and fast app development


Ionic is an open-source framework largely based on AngularJS. The best part is that it allows mobile app developers to use HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS and other languages.

Top features:

  • Open-source i.e free to use for anyone
  • Based on the SASS UI framework
  • Offers more than 120 native device features and predefined elements

React Native

React Native is one of the most talked-about cross-platform app development frameworks and often touted as the future of app development.

Top features:

  • Components are compiled in Javascript
  • Offers many social plugins to show grid pictures, feed, etc
  • Good compatibility with third-party plugins
  • A large community of developers and supporters


PhoneGap (Cordova) is another reliable cross-platform development for mobile app development. It is developed by Adobe and distributed by Apache Cordova.

Top features:

  • Enables you to work with a single code
  • Existing web technologies such as CSS, JavaScript, and HTML5 can also be used
  • Supports in-built device features such as GPS, Camera, Phonebook, Storage, etc


Xamarin has more than 1.5 million users in the world making it one of the most widely used cross-platform app development frameworks.

Top features:

  • It allows you to use C# and .Net, instead of JS libraries and HTML.
  • Lets you share codes over multiple platforms
  • Helps you develop your application’s User Interface using the Model/View/Controller pattern.


The next cross-platform app development framework on my list is Node.js. One of its biggest USPs is how efficiently it handles several concurrent connections together.

Top features:

  • An open-source framework built on the Chrome V8 JavaScript engine
  • Rich library of numerous JavaScript modules
  • Highly efficient and responsive

Sencha Touch

Sencha Touch was introduced almost a decade ago and it is one of the most preferred mobile app frameworks for enterprise mobile apps.

Top features:

  • Comes with built-in native-looking themes for all platforms (Android, iOS, Windows, BlackBerry)
  • Supports Cordova integration for the native API access
  • A large collection of rich UI like lists, carousels, forms, menus, and toolbars,

Corona SDK

Corona SDK is a free-to-use framework that implements LUA programming language to develop apps for Android, iOS, Windows, etc. Mobile apps built-in the Corona SDK framework are ten-times faster in speed as compared to other cross-platform app development platforms.

Top features:

  • Relies on LUA, a lightweight and multifunctional programming language
  • Supports around 200 plugins and 1000 APIs
  • Supports real-time testing

Appcelerator Titanium

Appcelerator Titanium is one of the impeccable cross-platform frameworks for mobile development that enables you to develop cross-platform apps with a single code base.

Top features:

  • Gives the ability to run Java, Objective C or Swift code alongside Titanium code
  • Offers excellent APIs to create engaging hybrid apps
  • MVC-based framework Alloy

These are some of the best and most popular cross-app development frameworks to build mobile apps for your business. However, the best way is to choose a reliable cross-platform app development company like that of Appify that could help you build reliable solutions at speed with cost-effectiveness.

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About the author
Ojus SharmaCo-founder and CEO at APPLIFY

Ojus Sharma is an app geek and the Co-founder and CEO of Applify, an award-winning app development company. He helps accelerate businesses and startups through their digitization process. When not working, he can be found honing his photography skill...

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