The popularity of mobile apps is rapidly increasing and expanding, as more and more people use them for their daily tasks and for just about any purpose. The explosion of mobile app development has led to the rapid expansion of other sectors like factory automation, GPS and location-based services, banking, order-tracking, ticket purchases, etc.; leading to the creation of reviews, recommendations, and various other sources like blogs, online magazines, and other dedicated app discovery services.

In today’s post, we’re going to showcase 10 popular mobile frameworks that would help mobile app developers create innovative, useful and unique apps for mobile phone users. We hope you’ll find this list useful and according to your needs and requirements.

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Wink Toolkit

Wink Toolkit

Wink Toolkit is a JavaScript framework that’s used for creating mobile web apps quickly, easily, and efficiently. It comes in several parts where the core (including HTTP requests utilities, events management system or DOM extensions) is a must to use, and every other feature is optional. This helps keep the file size to a minimum which is vital in mobile app development.

Wijmo

Wijmo

This superb set of UI widgets is built on HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and SVG. It’s one of the greater extensions of jQuery UI, and comes with every widget you can possibly imagine. What’s so good about this application is its standards and high-quality UI framework system. What’s more, all of the widgets are ThemeRoller-ready!

DHTLMX Touch

DHTLMX Touch

DHTMLX Touch is a JavaScript library that utilizes HTML5 for building mobile apps. It’s more than just a set of UI widgets, as it’s a complete framework that allows you to create cross-platform web apps for both mobile and touch screen devices. It works well on multiple devices, and the built-in apps will work smoothly on iPad, iPhone, and Android devices.

Sencha Touch

Sencha Touch

This HTML5 mobile app framework lets you develop web apps that look and feel native on iOS and Android touch screen devices. It uses HTML5 for delivering audio and video or local storage and CSS3 for optimum styling such as rounded corners, background gradients, shadows, etc.

Spine Mobile

Spine Mobile

Spine Mobile is built on top of SpineJS, and is ideal for building mobile apps that look and feel native. It features specialized controllers, panel layout, hardware-accelerated transitions, and touch events, among many others.

Jo

Jo

This open source HTML5-based mobile app framework allows you to create multiple platforms like WebOS, iOS, Android, Symbian, Safari, Chrome, and Dashboard widgets. It’s compatible with PhoneGap and allows you to create native apps, besides web apps.

Trigger.io

Trigger.io

Rather than an HTML5 framework, Trigger.io is a tool for creating hybrid mobile apps. With it, you can use any framework you want and develop anything and deploy it as a native app. It’s extremely lightweight and a lot faster than PhoneGap (although they have a lot of similarities due to the built-in native UI components).

Zepto.js

Zeptojs

This extremely lightweight (2KB minified) JS framework is ideal for mobile WebKit browsers, with a syntax that’s compatible with jQuery. This framework will help you overcome the most challenging tasks with a nice API so you can concentrate on more important matters. Apart from the most common functions that come with a JS framework, it supports touch events and detection of the environment.

Lungo

Lungo

This framework is built on top of HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript, and is ideal for creating mobile apps. The apps created with it are compatible with all popular platforms like iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and WebOS. It supports touch events such as tap, double-tap or swipe, and it doesn’t use images and icons, as everything is vectorized.

Junior

Junior

Junior is a jQuery-based HTML5 frontend framework that’s ideal for developing mobile apps that not only look good but also works like a native app. It’s based on Zepto.js and is integrated with Backbone. It uses Ratchet CSS for its UI components, and is used for prototyping iPhone apps with simple JavaScript components, HTML, and CSS. It’s an outstanding framework that aims to be small and lightweight, yet powerful.