Exactly one year ago, we discussed the 10 most popular Ionic apps of 2019. However, considering how fast technology move these days, would our list be outdated already? Well, as of June 2020, there are more than 2.9M apps available on Google Play alone – compared to 2.7M the year before. Therefore, the answer to our question is; probably, yes. So today, we thought we should refresh the list and find out which are the top 10 Ionic apps of 2020. But before we dive into that rabbit hole, let’s ask ourselves, why Ionic? What makes this tech so special?
Ionic is by far the most popular cross-platform mobile development framework available today. In fact, after this year’s developer survey, the Ionic team found that 86% of the participants said they use Ionic in their work. The second most popular mobile development tech is Cordova with only 46%, followed by React Native with 16%. What a difference!
Ok, but why? Well… it’s actually very simple. Ionic is based on HTML5, a technology every single developer is familiar with. In comparison, Cordova runs on NodeJS, while React Native is based on React. Both of these stacks require tech knowledge in their respective base frameworks.
As a result, the learning curve for Ionic – which only needs HTML knowledge – is much flatter. But, Ionic is also very flexible, and it works well with other technologies. As a result, since Ionic was launched, more than 5M apps were created using it. So, now let’s see which are the top 10 Ionic apps this year!
Previously known as Pacifica, Sanvello is a mental health mobile application based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Sanvello acquired the Pacifica 2019, with the promise of enhancing their digital self-care activities and reach more users who need these services.
Today, the mobile application has over one million downloads on Google Play and ranks #26 in medical apps on the App Store. Among their services, Sanvello offers different techniques that help users manage their moods and thoughts. And of course, these techniques are clinically validated. But, other features include peer support via their extensive network, as well as coaching and 1-on-1 therapy with a licensed professional.
Downloading and accessing the app’s basic features is free. But, if you are looking for more in-depth help, Sanvello provides premium plans starting at $8.99/month. On the bright side, as an established therapeutic tool, Sanvello is also recognized by some health plans. So, check with your insurance company, you might be eligible for a free premium membership!
2. TD Ameritrade Mobile
Available for mobile, tablet, and smartwatches, TD Ameritrade is a financial application focused on trading. TD Ameritrade ranks #41 in financial apps on App Store and enjoys over one million downloads on Google Play today.
The application is free to download and use, and is available in English, French, and Spanish. Among their features, TD Ameritrade Mobile includes a dashboard for a complete overview of the user’s account and different markets. The app also sends alerts whenever there are relevant market changes. Also, on top of the fact that users can track and trade stocks, they can access on-demand research from specialized third parties – for a price.
However, one of the most important features is the facial and touch authentication options, which add a much needed extra security layer. Needless to say, all of these features come in an elegant and user-friendly UI perfect for both experienced traders as well as beginners.
Compared to TS Ameritrade, MarketWatch is a financial news mobile application, bringing users the latest market headlines directly to their phones. This is a free app, created by the same company behind The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones & Company, Inc..
MarketWatch currently ranks #102 in Financial apps on the App Store and enjoys more than one million installs on Google Play. Aside from financial news, users also get analysis around the stock market, investing news, real-time market data, and more. They also get a watchlist that tracks their stock picks and related stories and sends notifications whenever something comes up. More importantly, each MarketWatch mobile account synchronizes with the web version for a smooth, seamless experience.
We’ve all tried a health app at least once in our lives, whether it was for losing weight, meditation, or strength building. So, if you are still looking for that perfect helath app, try Sworkit. With over five million installations on Google Play, Sworkit offers a personalized plan for each user, based on their needs, time, and fitness level.
Sworkit integrates with both Google Fit and Apple Health, and their subscriptions start at as little as $4.99/month. Users also have the choice of a 7-day trial period where they assess the app and decide if it’s the right fit. Moreover, Sworkit comes with a unique kids-oriented library, offering special programs specifically made for the little ones. This feature is 100% free, and it promises both a healthy and fun time with your children.
Deemed as one of Ionic’s favorite apps, Shipt is a same-day delivery app working with stores like Costco and Target. The app has over a million downloads on Google Play and is ranked #34 in food and drink apps on App Store.
Shipt works similarly to the services provided by Just Eat, Uber Eats, and others like them. You simply input your zip code, and the algorithm finds grocery stores near you. From there, you “do your shopping” remotely and place the order. Then a Shipt employee fills your order and delivers your groceries right to your door that same day. Especially during today’s times, there is nothing better than a service like this.
6. JustWatch: Streaming Search Engine
Do you remember the traditional TV guide? Well, we have a nostalgic treat for you. JustWatch is an awesome streaming guide mobile application with more than a million downloads on Google Play.
JustWatch connects all of your favorite streaming channels, such as Netflix, HBO, Amazon Prime, and more. Their algorithm learns for your behavior and provides an extensive list of tailored suggestions for films and series matching your exact preferences. Think Google, but for movies and shows.
Moreover, the app connects directly with your Apple TV, Android TV, or Amazon FireTV so you can stream from your app right on your very own “big screen”. JustWatch prices depend on each show and movie, as well as the quality of the stream and the provider.
7. 86 400
Back to banking! Another Ionic favorite, 86 400 is the first Australian smart banking mobile application. Although 86 400 is a very location-oriented app choice, it still enjoys the rank of #29 in Finance on App Store and over 100.000 installations on Google Play.
The reason this app makes the list, however, is not the just number of downloads of App Store rank. We mention it because of its beautiful design, and more importantly, the dedication showed by the team behind 86 400. This app is updated almost every 2 weeks for a better and more pleasant user experience. Each new update brings extra features, such as push notifications introduced on June 25th, PayID integration added on June 10th, and more. So if you are in Australia and looking for a serious banking app, 86 400 is for you!
8. Joule: Sous Vide by ChefSteps
Joule is a truly unique app. The Joul: Sous Vide app was created by ChefSteps specifically for the smart sous vide cooking device with the same name. Naturally, the mobile app controls the smart device, but Joule also comes with a “Visual Doneness” feature, graphically showing you the state of your food. Moreover, the app also brings a huge collection of recipes that go hand-in-hand with the device.
Joule: Sous Vide by ChefSteps was installed by over 100.000 users and does not require a Joule device. So, whether you use a competitor device or your own sous vide wizardry, you can still use the Visual Doneness feature as well as the timer and recipes. Moreover, the app is completely free.
What goes well with a deliciously cooked meal? That’s right, a nice, cold beer. But from literally thousands of beer types, brands, and venues, how do you know which is the absolute best? Well, Untappd has the solution. This quirky social app allows users to rate and review beers, share comments and opinions, and “drink socially”.
Untappd is free and has been downloaded by over a million Google Play users, and currently ranks #117 in Food and Drink on App Store. And the best part is that Untappd is not only for rating beers. It also helps users find venues and events. Even more exciting, each time one of your favorite venues adds a new beer, you get a notification so you can go check it out!
10. McDonald’s Türkiye
McDonald’s is one of the most recognized brands in the world, with almost 39.000 restaurants around the globe. And, for the second year in a row, the giant fast-food chain makes our list with their McDonald’s Türkiye mobile app, built with Ionic.
The app currently enjoys over 500.000 downloads on Google Play, and includes features like geolocation. This pinpoints a user’s whereabouts and shows nearby restaurants. It also provides a full description of each McDonald’s restaurant, as well as their menus and offers. So users ordering through the app take full advantage of the McDonald’s experience. Hungry for a happy meal yet?
Ionic is a flexible, versatile, and easy cross-platform mobile development platform. For these reasons, Ionic is beloved by the majority of beginners and established developers. As we’ve shown in this article, Ionic apps belong in any industry for any purpose. In fact, Ionic is Wiredelta’s favorite mobile tech as well, and many of the apps we build use Ionic.
As we mentioned in the beginning, some of the apps discussed today also made the list last year, as they continue to dominate the market. Other apps are only now emerging and gaining more popularity. However, it is difficult to know exactly what technologies mobile apps use. So if we missed a popular app built with Ionic that you know of, don’t hesitate to share it with us.