Top 5 Cross Platform Mobile Application Development Tools

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Posted: February 22, 2016


While smartphones are ubiquitous, mobile apps have taken the center stage among technologists, enterprises and everyday users. Over the past few years, more than 75% of the world’s population has shifted their needs and luxuries to Android and iPhone, which has indeed driven the interests of most businesses to provide services and products through personalized mobile apps.

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With the aim of providing convenience to consumers and consequently improving business processes, companies today focus on creating the most effective and easy-to-use applications on smartphones. However, choosing to build between an Android app or iPhone app is still a concern for many. There’s no easy choice between the two as both the platforms are excellent for similar and different reasons.

The current requirements for mobile application development urge the need of Cross Platform Tools (CPTs), which involve building applications that can be supported on both Android and iOS platforms. We have numerous cross-platform tools for mobile app development now having their respective benefits and limitations. Minimizing the time and effort of developing and coding your app individually for both platforms, cross-platform tools have served a great purpose for enterprises.

Scroll through to know the list of top five (popular) cross-platform mobile app development tools that you can choose to run an app-based business.As you’ll read, you will discover that each tool has its strong suit and weakness, and your choice wholly depends on your requirements and developer’s proficiency.

Tool 1: Sencha

Sencha Touch is a brilliant HTML5 mobile application framework that has developed web applications having the look and feel of native applications. It offers an MVC style architecture, an extensible API, vast UI component library and several UI themes that can be used with Sencha native packager and also PhoneGap (a translation tool as described below). With the presence of pre-built components, Sencha offers speedy delivery by saving the development time of coding professionals.

Tool 2: PhoneGap

Also known as Apache Cordova, PhoneGap holds a top position among the app developers. Owned by Apache Software foundation, this development tool is absolutely free-to-use and lets developers write their applications using HTML5, CSS and JavaScript. One of the biggest benefits provided by PhoneGap is a variety of plugins to choose from- allowing the programmers to utilize their web skills. It further enables developers to create Android and iOS apps supporting the respective platforms in the cloud without the need of local SDKs (Software Development Kits). Thus, a non-Mac user can develop iOS-based applications using Apache PhoneGap.

Tool 3: Appcelerator (Titanium)

The use of native API leads to a performance win with Appcelerator’s Titanium. Providing Javascript API and native platform-specific features across devices, Appcelerator leverages the existing skills of thousands of developers to create wonderful mobile applications. It also offers value add-ons including app analytics, Backend-as-a-service (BaaS) and others. Further, this tool saves time encouraging code reuse while creating native iOS and Android apps.

Tool 4: Qt (“Cute”)

Applications built on Qt are supported with an extensive and substantial set of C++ libraries and let developers use the UI components and graphics as used in C++. Targeting a huge number of desktop and mobile platforms, Qt declares the UI layouts using QML (Qt Modeling Language- JSON-like declarative language) and does not demand devoted developer skills making it a common language between designers and developers.

The QML layer provides direct native access and lets developers write the application logic using the cross-platform Qt C++ APIs.

Tool 5: Corona SDK

The remarkably growing interest of users towards mobile gaming has forced experts to bring up a tool like Corona SDK. Catering to the skills of both beginner and advanced-level programmers, Corona SDK is a quick and easy-to-develop tool for iPhone and Android games and applications. Conforming to the tagline of ‘Code less, play more,’ the tool helps you create 2D games as much as ten times faster than coding everything from the start.

The code is written using a robust programming language named Lua (based on C). With Corona, you can create powerful, high-performance graphically rich applications and games.

For some phenomenally productive cross-platform mobile apps built using above tools, browse through the list of applications developed by our team of experts. Serving your professional and personal needs, you can find apps on health and diet, IQ, maintaining calendars and others that run effectively on your Android and iOS devices.