Why ionic use cordova

Ionic is an HTML5 mobile app development framework targeted at building hybrid mobile apps where Cordova also is platform for building hybrid mobile app. So what is difference between them and why use
Cordova in ionic app development

Cordova wraps up a web view into a native application that can be submitted to app stores, and it also provides a way for that web view to communicate with native device APIs (like the Camera, Bluetooth etc.).

Ionic helps you build what goes inside of that web view. It provides things like common UI elements for mobile (tabs, lists, menus and so on) and also has a lot of built in functionality to handle things like navigation and other complex features.

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