Mobile Technology

Top 9 Cross-Platform Mobile App Development Tools

Just Total Tech
15 Apr 2015

Today’s scenario is different as the market’s growth is evident, and increased investments are leading to newer accomplishments. However, lately, there’s a trouble for developers to build competent apps to be used on different operating systems and devices. For this, developers often get busy in tweaking codes or revising them only for better.

Fundamentally, both iOS and Android are different and therefore sometimes it seems very hard to retain the original version of the apps. So, what can be the ideal way to deal with this situation? Cross-platform mobile app development.

Yes, a singular codebase mobile app that can work on all major phone operating systems without bothering developers or programmers. For faster speed, cost-effectiveness and sync across all platforms, the demand is only growing for cross-platform development.

The main factors influencing your decision of selecting the right cross-platform are:

  • Support to features
  • Cost of development
  • Speed considerations
  • Risk of framework

Below are the top ten development tools that allow you to create your app in a singular environment for different platforms.

1. Xamarin

Xamarin is a ‘better way’ to build, test and monitor apps. Extremely popular amid big companies, Xamarin already has its proven place for making high-quality native apps.

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All Xamarin apps are built entirely in a single, shared C# codebase so that they can be easily shared across multiple platforms such as iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac. Other unique features of Xamarin apps include:

  • Standard, native user interface controls
  • More than 20,000 NuGet .NET libraries
  • Abreast of latest APIs from Apple and Google
  • Continuous testing and easy monitoring of crashes and exceptions
  • Top grade security and privacy

2. Sencha

Sencha has three customized frameworks — Sencha Ext JS, Sencha GXT, and Sencha Touch — to develop apps in HTML5. In which Sencha Touch is a high-speed framework and builds powerful mobile apps for Android, iOS, BlackBerry and Windows Phone.

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It is popular for offering superior user experience for businesses with its native-like rich apps. It has more than 50 built-in components and a built-in MVC system to enable developers to make compatible mobile and mobile web apps.

Lately, it’s announced that It is going to release Ext JS 5, which means that it will now target cross-platform app creation with JavaScript codebase to build apps that will support touch events on smartphones and tablets.

3. Corona

Corona is great for beginners. It provides a great learning platform. In the advertisement for the corona, it is said that the coding process of your new app can be started in less than 5 minutes with their software development kit.

It’s a free platform, so you don’t have to lose anything in giving a try except your time. The primary use of this platform is for 2D games. The result of graphics with this app is better to develop games.

The programming language in corona is Lua, that is written in C. this language docent have large digital footprints and that id the reason behind its use. They discovered that Lua works well with mobile apps.

4. PhoneGap

An award-winning and open source platform, PhoneGap is adept at creating apps for Android, Blackberry, Palm, Symbian, iPhone, and iPads. It allows you to use different web technologies such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

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Being a cloud-based developer tool, you don’t need SDKs (software development kits), compilers or hardware. It mainly stands out for its three unique features:

  • All three technologies – HTML5, CSS and, JavaScript – in a single time for easy compilation and deployment across different devices
  • Debugs speedily
  • Remote access to business processes
  • Cloud-based development service

5. Appcelerator Titanium

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Appcelerator Titanium simplifies mobile app development by using a single JavaScript codebase.  At the same time, it ensures amazing mobile app experiences and improves communication.

As one of the best solutions for fulfilling the needs of many developers, Titanium gives an open, expansible environment for building rich, native apps ‘at the speed of mobile’ and helps market them quickly. Its key features include:

  • More than 5,000 APIs for iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows and HTML5
  • Live prototyping
  • Code optimization
  • Fully integrated automated testing
  • Real-time analytics with a real-time view of every app
  • Improved quality and control

6. NativeScript

Nativescript is another tool provides cross-platform mobile development platform.  It gives you every native in JavaScript for most of the mobile platforms. The reuse of exciting plug-in from npm directly is possible in Nativescript tool. It makes easier to extend the application features.

NativeScript lets you use any JavaScript library that does not rely on the internet. It utilizes native components and has access to the native APIs with access to the development libraries.

NativeScript’s declarative UI support allows you to make the app’s UI once and it lets you use it on other supported platforms easily. It is also supported deeply with Typescript and Angular.js.

7. MoSync

A highly advanced tool, MoSync is for creating native apps for Symbian, Windows Mobile, Linux Mobile, Android, iOS, and iPad platforms.

While MoSync Reload allows using HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript for developing mobile apps, with the help of MoSync SDK you can build hybrid apps. The latter has a complete IDE with necessary tools for writing native apps.

8. RhoMobile

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Highly developer-centric and enterprise focused, RhoMobile offers you both simplicity and performance. An open source framework, RhoMobile allows developers to build rich, native enterprise apps with a one-time code.

These apps are in top form for a range of operating systems including Android, iPhone, RIM, Symbian and smartphones. Both RhoHub and RhoSync help in keeping all the related data of your app on mobile phones.

The key features of RhoMobile including styling libraries of advanced widgets make it developer centric in creating highly efficient apps. The newly created SDK for RhoMobile will help build more developer friendly apps and provide additional security for better encryption key management.

9. WidgetPad

A web-based open source mobile development platform, WidgetPad allows developers to create stand-alone apps for iOS, Android and WebOS using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript.

The platform is highly collaborative and allows you to manage projects, edit source codes, debug, collaborate and distribute.   Currently, WidgetPad is in beta stage and therefore one needs to contact its creators for access.

Conclusion:

Developing for cross-platform will always be there because app makers need to make constant improvements. There will definitely be backdrops, but you’ll win in some situation and lose in other.

Developing cross-platform apps will improve the user experience.

While choosing the platform for app development if you have enough time try various platforms and choose the one that works best for you. But in most of the case, there is a lack of time, a little research on cross-development platforms will be enough.