Ionic vs Xamarin: What are the differences?
Ionic and Xamarin can be primarily classified as "Cross-Platform Mobile Development" tools.
Some of the features offered by Ionic are:
- Performance obsessed
- Utilizes Angular and React
- Native focused
On the other hand, Xamarin provides the following key features:
- Cross-platform development- Thinking about supporting iOS, Android, Mac and Windows? Xamarin allows you to write it all in C#.
- Reuse existing code- Use your favorite .NET libraries in Xamarin apps. Easily use third-party native libraries and frameworks.
- Discover as you type- Explore APIs as you type with code autocompletion.
"Allows for rapid prototyping", "Hybrid mobile" and "It's angularjs" are the key factors why developers consider Ionic; whereas "Power of c# on mobile devices", "Native apps with native ui controls" and "Native performance" are the primary reasons why Xamarin is favored.
Ionic is an open source tool with 38.4K GitHub stars and 13.1K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Ionic's open source repository on GitHub.
Sellsuki, Edify, and eTobb are some of the popular companies that use Ionic, whereas Xamarin is used by Rdio, Olo, and Rumble. Ionic has a broader approval, being mentioned in 392 company stacks & 350 developers stacks; compared to Xamarin, which is listed in 74 company stacks and 65 developer stacks.