Chapter 1. First Look at Ionic

Before we begin this book, it is very important that we understand just exactly what we are dealing with. The best way to understand this is by having a short history on mobile development, in general, and understand how tools like Ionic help mobile developers create beautiful mobile apps.

The beginning

The year 2006 saw the beginning of the smartphone era with the launch of the iPhone by Apple. By 2008, Google had launched its answer to Apple's iOS operating system. This new operating system was called Android, and by 2010, it was clear that smartphones running iOS and Android dominantly covered the mobile ecosystem. Fast forward to today, the dominance of iOS and Android is not so different even though Windows for ...

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