Ionic is an HTML5 mobile app development framework targeted at building hybrid mobile apps. Hybrid apps are essentially small websites running in a browser shell in an app that have access to the native platform layer. Hybrid apps have many benefits over pure native apps, specifically in terms of platform support, speed of development, and access to 3rd party code.
Since Ionic is an HTML5 framework, it needs a native wrapper like Cordova or PhoneGap in order to run as a native app. We strongly recommend using Cordova proper for your apps, and the Ionic tools will use Cordova underneath.
Ionic is focused mainly on the look and feel, and UI interaction of your app. onic currently requires AngularJS in order to work at its full potential. While you can still use the CSS portion of the framework, you'll miss out on powerful UI interactions, gestures, animations, and other things.
IBM MobileFirst Foundation, formerly known as IBM Worklight®, is a suite of software development products that allow developers to build and deliver mobile applications for the enterprise.
The MobileFirst Platform Foundation consists of:
MobileFirst Server – the middleware tier that provides a gateway between back-end systems and services and the mobile client applications.
MobileFirst API - both client and server-side APIs for developing and managing your enterprise mobile applications.
MobileFirst Studio - an optional all-inclusive development environment for developing enterprise apps on the MobileFirst platform. This is based on the Eclipse platform, and includes an integrated server, development environment, facilities to create and test all data adapters/services, a browser-based hybrid app simulator, and the ability to generate platform-specific applications for deployment.
MobileFirst Console – the console provides a dashboard and management portal for everything happening within your MobileFirst applications.
MobileFirst Application Center - a tool to make sharing mobile apps easier within an organization. Basically, it’s an app store for your enterprise.
BM talks about the MobileFirst Platform in two ways, based in its capabilities and also by its components. The capability areas are: Continuously Improve, Secure, Contextualize and Personalize, and Enrich with Data.
Continuously Improve - allows IT to manage application refresh cycles and collect in-app usage analytics. Secure - provides enterprise mobility management (EMM) capabilities. Contextualize and Personalize - allows developers to create mobile apps that are location- and context-aware. Enrich with Data - allows IT to join its mobile apps to internal and external data sources by connecting directly with IBM's Cloudant database as a service (DBaaS).
This framework is very easy to use, flexibility and has semantic markup components and is free to use for commercial projects.
It is open source and designed to deliver native look and feel. Apps are made out of simple HTML tags, thus providing a gentle learning curve.
Onsen UI is tested with the following browsers and mobile OS.
Android 4.4.4+ (and Android 4.0+ with Crosswalk engine)
Sencha Touch has been merged with Ext JS, which provides developers with everything they need to build data-intensive web apps.
For individual developers and freelancers, Ionic, Onsen UI or Framework7 will be a better choice but for enterprises application, Sencha Touch leads the way.
Sencha Touch scores highly against its competitors by providing a native look and feel across all of the platforms it supports.