Ionic Appflow vs VoltBuilder
Ionic AppFlow is one of the most widely used build tools for mobile apps. Not surprising - it’s been around for a few years.
How does it compare to VoltBuilder, a much newer product? Let’s compare them.
The major difference is that Ionic Appflow is completely an online service: your source certificates and passwords are saved on Ionic’s servers, as well as your source code if you are using Ionic git. A nice user interface lets you maintain your apps on their server. VoltBuilder only stores your app as long as needed1: your project is saved on your local system. Apps are submitted by drag and drop.
Each product has additional features not listed here: Ionic Appflow has GitHub and CI/CD integration and live OTA updates. VoltBuilder has App Hosting, QR Codes for device downloading and iOS/Android Certificate Generation.
Ionic Appflow compared to VoltBuilder
|Free Trial||None2||15 days|
|Android API||API 30 (Android 11)||API 31 (Android 12)|
|Upload from||GitHub||Local System|
|Upload via API||No||Yes|
|Signing keys||Saved on Ionic server||Saved temporarily during build1|
|Source code||Saved on Ionic server||Saved temporarily during build1|
|Targets||Android, iOS, web||Android, iOS, Windows|
|Simplified messages||log only||Yes|
|Push to App Stores||Yes||Yes|
|Android Build time (secs)||83||51|
|Android apk size (k)||305||305|
|iOS Build time (secs)||179||44|
|iOS ipa size (k)||358||355|
Data as of Nov 1, 2021.
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