Building Cross-Platform Mobile Apps with Ionic 2 Framework

Building Cross-Platform Mobile Apps with Ionic 2 Framework

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  • Ionic 2 – The inheritor of the programmer’s framework

Ionic 2 is built on the top of Angular 2, which is a complete rewrite of the original framework. All the previous parts of Angular are still there, but there are new syntax and structural changes. There are also navigation changes, where the components can be treated as arbitrary views making the navigation much more flexible. The Component-based UI has eliminated the annoying controllers and $scope and has replaced them with components which are classed with templates. Even the new theme implementations have made it easier to style the app. Building Ionic 2 Apps is pretty intuitive and it plays a major role in cross-platform mobile app developments.

Ionic 2 was created to upgrade the proficiency and the execution of the framework that gives the flexibility to the programmers to build up an application without any issue. It permits the developers to develop apps with simplified code and makes potential outcomes to build a bespoke app that contends with the other best and robust mobile applications in the market.

Recently Ionic 3 has arrived and this release comes with support for Angular 4.0.0. It also provides support for the latest TypeScript version and experimental support for Lazy Loading.


  • Comparison of Ionic 2 Vs Ionic 1

With Ionic 2 built on Angular 2, naturally, there are going to be huge improvements as the company has taken the lessons learned from Ionic 1 to develop better. There are some specific reasons developers might wish to upgrade to Ionic 2 from Ionic 1:

1) Improved Performance
Performance is a significant concern for any mobile app, and Ionic 2 brings a number of essential performance enhancements like faster framework with Angular 2. It uses a dramatically more competent system where changes are isolated to components, and transformations are uni-directional compared to the cyclic nature of Angular 2. So no more endless $digest loops, and the modifications made in one component results in the whole component tree updating. It also means the developers can avoid the perfidious two-way-binding that often ruined the performance of Angular 1 app.

2) More Components
By comparing, Ionic 1 has an approx of 15 core components and Ionic 2 nearly has 30 high excellence and well-tested components, along with innumerable additional APIs and features. It also includes the all new Navigation components that make it possible to navigate and link to any page in the app.

3) Native Support and Storage Utilities
Ionic 2 has a powerful set of Native APIs for gaining any native feature the app needs, such as Bluetooth, Camera, Health Kit, Fingerprint Auth, Touch ID, and moreover, it comes with a flexible key-value Storage system that functions on top of Indexed DB, SQLite, Local Storage, and other engines to eliminate the nuances of the fundamental storage engine.

4) Modern JavaScript
Another huge drive to drift to Ionic 2 from Ionic 1 is to convert the ES5 Angular 1 JavaScript into modern, standards-compliant ES2015/Typescript. Considering that the JavaScript ecosystem is accepting ES2015 and Typescript, the code will profit from the modification and the developers will be able to work more efficiently with the rest of the JavaScript environment. 

  • Why are enterprises leveraging Ionic 2 for mobile apps?

The enterprises are actively shifting to Ionic 2 as it is an open source mobile app framework that allows to optimize and develop highly interactive and simple native, hybrid and mobile web apps quickly and easily.

With Progressive Web App support in Ionic 2, an Ionic developer can deploy a mobile app to the app stores and the mobile web with the exact same code. It assures maintainability and stability of the code with Type Scripts and also promises a new paradigm shift in mobile app development.

  • Conclusion

Moving from Ionic 1 to Ionic 2 is more than just moving to a new version of Ionic, as it gives an opportunity to progress while benefiting from the advanced build tools. It’s an opportunity for the businesses to be best positioned for the exciting new world by building Ionic 2 cross-platform mobile apps.

  • How VOLANSYS expertise in Ionic 2 framework help enterprises?

VOLANSYS has developed many mobile apps – native and mobile web – leveraging the Ionic 2 framework. Our team’s expertise is built on both internal product development and system integration services for clients. Our integrated Ionic services help the enterprises to quickly build, test, deploy, and scale up their native and hybrid mobile apps in an efficient, seamless way.

We invite you to get in touch with us, whether you have a quick question about Ionic or need to develop a complete enterprise mobile app strategy. Just dial us on +1 510 358 4310 or drop us a mail at


About Author: Prakruti Patel

Prakruti works as Engineer in Mobility Division. She contributes to the design and development of iOS, Android, and Cross-platform Mobile applications. She worked on AR/VR and Unity demos. Prakruti is highly positive technology enthusiastic, who is always ready to jump in new technology ventures with quality deliverables.