What exactly is the difference between Cordova and Ionic? Do I really need to install Cordova to use Ionic?
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Frankly speaking, Cordova + Angular = Ionic
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Cordova gives you JavaScript binding to invoke native functionality on a mobile device. Each functionality's accessed using a plugin system.
Ionic provides beautiful designs & leverages Cordova's plugins for accessing device functionalities. Thus without Cordova, you cannot access any device specific features in Ionic.
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Yes, you have to install Cordova to use Ionic! Ionic builds on top of Cordova.
Apache "Cordova" is the main system that takes care of packaging your HTML5 app as a native app that can run in Android, iOS, and other mobile platforms.
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Apache Cordova is a platform that let you build mobile app using HTML5, CSS & JS while Ionic is simply a framework - a set of front-end components (HTML/CSS/JavaScript and AngularJS) that let you write an HTML5 app that looks like a native app.
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If you need a mobile application that relies wholly on web APIs, then theoretically you need to have only Ionic to develop an app using Cordova - in contrast to using native languages.
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Phonegap is a rendition of Cordova yet it's an Adobe item. Ionic Framework is an arrangement of css classes and a library of Javascript mandates and modules, based on top of Cordova, with AngularJS.
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Adobe PhoneGap and Ionic are both based on top of the Apache Cordova system. PhoneGap is a biological system of designer apparatuses, which envelops the PhoneGap CLI, PhoneGap Desktop application, PhoneGap Developer (versatile) application and PhoneGap Build.

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PhoneGap is likewise the versatile center of Adobe Experience Manager (AEM).
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