Anybody using Mobile App Framework (HTML, CSS, JS) for building mobile apps in 2017

6 years ago from , Product Designer

Hi everyone

I wanted your views on Mobile App Frameworks. I know about Ionic & Framework7. Are they still relevant in 2017? Do you use it for quick prototype or for production?

I wanted to know because I want to make quick prototypes of an mobile app I am designing right now. I am fluent in HTML,CSS & JS.

Regards Tridip


  • Łukasz Marcinkowski, 6 years ago

    React and React Native

    2 points
  • Kyle PierceKyle Pierce, 6 years ago

    I use Meteor.js with Blaze.js for my startup. There are some loading/smoothness issues that could be better. After going through the iOS submission process a few times I am extremely glad I have hot code pushes so I can make pretty large changes to the app code/design without submitting a new update.

    1 point
  • Gavin AnthonyGavin Anthony, 6 years ago

    +1 for React Native. If you're comfortable with HTML/CSS, I think the transition to RN isn't too bad. Especially with JSX and styled-components. An easy way to get started is to use create-react-native-app.

    1 point
  • Paul JacksonPaul Jackson, 6 years ago

    I use Framework 7 and have done for the past 3 years. I've built web apps and mobile prototypes and I can do this fast.

    I recently took part in a hack with an Android developer who said he could prototype with the Android SDK in no time at all. I easily outpaced him with Framework 7.

    There are definitely downsides to wrapping a web app to get it into the app store, but for web apps in the browser and on the home screen* and for prototypes I'd highly recommend a mobile framework.

    • "Web applications saved to the home screen now support all features of modern WebKit, such as Fast-Tap, scroll snapping and the new visual viewports behavior." - iOS 11 Docs
    1 point
    • Tridip Thrizu, 6 years ago

      Thanks for the detailed reply Paul. Yup, I can see how it will speed up workflow when I can directly prototype my design instead of doing in Framer or Origami. Since Framwork 7 is free, it is a very good option for me.

      0 points
    • Greg O, 6 years ago

      +1 for Framework7 for "mobile app look and feel": it does a lot of things well

      1 point