Top App Development Software (2021)

Updated: January 21, 2022

The cross-platform app market reached $7.5 billion in 2018, and the amount of cross-platform mobile development tools is on the rise. So which are the best platforms, resources, and tools to code for iOS, Android, Windows, and more all at the same time? There are advantages to native applications, but a well-made cross-platform mobile app will make the differences seem small and carry the advantage that users on more than one platform have access to your product or service. This guide is for those in the cross-platform mobile development field looking for the best cross-platform mobile app development tools and resources; not just the IDEs and Editors but also top language and tutorials. Find iOS and Android app builders, app makers, game engines, and other app development software and tools. The mobile app development process is complicated and time-consuming, in some instances, businesses are better off by utilizing online tools to build mobile apps on their own. All app builders provide a set of templates users can build upon with their own content. Obviously, it’s not feasible to build a really complicated mobile app with lots of features using an app builder but a number of apps with a limited but still important set of features can be developed quickly, cheaply, and robustly using such tools.

List of app development software, tools and app builders

URLgenius

Codeless App Linking and QR Codes

10
(1 vote)
(1) REVIEWS
Employees
10-50

URLgenius offers app marketers and developers a patented, cloud-based alternative for app linking and QR code capabilities that increase conversion from any channel. Our technology streamlines the mobile experience with links that open specific screens in your app while bypassing the website login friction typically encountered when clicking from social ads or from inside other apps.

Learn more about URLgenius

Launchpad by Growth Rocket Apps

Flexible Marketing Subscriptions | Human experts & a smart platform

10
(12 votes)
(12) REVIEWS
EmployeesRevenuesSocialTraffic
10-50---

Launchpad is the innovative SaaS solution for marketing. Build a custom plan on our online tool to get an instant quote, then get stellar marketing services on a flexible subscription. Track all your projects, analytics and messages on Launchpad ClientHub, one platform that streamlines all the marketing noise.

  • Services: App Store Optimization, Paid Acquisition, Video Production, Creatives – Graphics, Videography and Copy, Social Media Management, Customer Nurturing, Analytics, Cross-Channel Marketing, Branding and Design, Funnel Optimization, Monetization
  • Offices: London, UK, San Jose, US, Mendoza, Argentina
  • Tagline:  Flexible Marketing Subscriptions | Human experts & a smart platform
Learn more about Launchpad by Growth Rocket Apps

Appery.io is the first mobile platform that offers a cloud-based rapid enterprise mobile app development environment with integrated backend services and a rich catalog of API plug-ins that dramatically simplify integration with cloud services and enterprise systems. It combines the simplicity of visual development with the power of JavaScript to create cross-platform enterprise apps rapidly. Because the platform is 100% cloud-based, you can focus on creating great applications, while we worry about maintaining the platform.

  • 500,000+ registered users
  • 10+ years on the market
  • 10,000 + published apps
  • Cross-platform
  • Collaboration tools to build apps by a team
Learn more about Appery.io

ShoutEm

Simple and affordable app creator

(0) REVIEWS

ShoutEm is a powerful tool to create mobile applications which asks no coding skills of the creator. From content to advertising, from e-commerce to social apps, the platform provides you with a simple drag-and-drop interface to create the application, and gives you the tools to preview it natively and in real time. While basic apps are coded in HTML5, the scaling price plans also allows for native apps in iOS, Android and iPad.

ShoutEm also offers analytics tracking for your application, keeping tabs on active users, sessions, shout outs, check ins and more data points, as well as including a content management system, a variety of modules to monetize your users such as promotions and advertising.

  • Automated publishing to App Store and Google Play, free republishing and updates
  • 4-tier price plan covers all levels of customization for your app
  • High profile clients include T-Mobile, USA Today and Digital First Media
Learn more about ShoutEm

AppsGeyser

Make Android apps in 5 minutes with free app creator

9
(26 votes)
(26) REVIEWS

AppsGeyser is a web platform that allows converting any web content into an Android App in 2 easy steps.  It is a Android-only codeless application development platform that lets users create template-based mobile apps based on content pulled from webpages. The AppsGeyser tool is easy to use and bundles social sharing, tabs, messaging and full support for HTML5 enhancements.

On top of the free plan, it offers 3 paid plans – Master ($10 / month to remove ads and get a number of extra features, including premium support), Business ($10 / month for the same features as the Master plan minus support) and Individual plan ($5 / month for the Master plan set of features).

  • The platform can pull content from webpages, YouTube channels, RSS feeds and other sources
  • Create an app in 3 simple steps and you’ll be ready to monetize it in no time
  • Choose your own themes and templates from a wide selection
  • On average 7,000+ apps being created with AppsGeyser daily
  • To date 6,000000+ apps were created with the platform in total
Learn more about AppsGeyser

Fliplet

App Builder for Mobile, Web and Enterprise Apps

(0) REVIEWS

Fliplet is an enterprise-focused app making solution designed to make mobile applications for your business without any knowledge of coding or programming. Once your app is designed with a simple click-and-edit browser interface and using a number of ready-made templates, it can be shared internally in your company or via the Fliplet Viewer application.

Fliplet’s pre-coded features are built around the needs of a company, and include sales and marketing features such as client proposals and project overviews, as well as suites of features for event organizing, project management, promotion and others. Apps can also link to external PDFs or websites and can always be customised to make navigation and use as easy as possible.

  • Free plan to build an app for a small number of users
  • Team plan (from 65 euro per month and up)
  • Enterprise plan (from 1,300 euro per month and up)
  • Manage privacy and access settings, deciding which employees can access which app
  • Audio and video streaming supported, as well as visualization of charts and graphs
  • Return to Office app built in collaboration with 25 customers that businesses to return to the office after COVID-19 lockdown.
Learn more about Fliplet

Appy Pie

#1 No-Code development platform

10
(3 votes)
(3) REVIEWS
Appy Pie is a mobile app development software platform with the aim of minimising the amount of coding you have to do yourself.....

Appy Pie is a mobile app-development software platform with the aim of minimizing the amount of coding you have to do yourself. The software is entirely cloud based and requires no installation.  The Appy Pie team is on a mission to democratize mobile app development process and let small companies access quality app development building tools cheaper than hiring an outside app development team would require.

Its basic service is free, but will only produce games and apps compatible with HTML 5. The paid versions of the program will add iOS and Android support, remove Appy Pie branding from your application and include other features such as push notifications, real-time updates, and analytics, depending on the price plan.

  • Drag-and-drop interface means no coding skills required.
  • Four different price plans to only pay for the support you want.
  • Paid version always provides customer support and one-time free submission.
  • The entire app building process takes only 3 steps.
Learn more about Appy Pie

GoodBarber

Native apps Progressive Web App Builder for eCommerce and Content Management.

10
(2 votes)
(2) REVIEWS

GoodBarber is an app builder created in 2011, delivering a tool which allows to create robust and powerful apps, with the best design and user experience out there. With GoodBarber, you can make native iOS apps, native Android apps, and Progressive Web Apps, which are the latest, most advanced mobile technology. The platform can be used by a wide range of projects and organizations—from local businesses, to radio stations, to magazines, to non-profits, and more. Digital agencies are also a main user of the platform, taking advantage of the solid, reliable technology and flexible customization options to make and sell apps to clients via the white-label reseller program.

With 30,000 apps published with the platform, GoodBarber is a tool you can trust with your business’s digital identity. Not only will end-users enjoy the top-notch design options and a wide range of features that can be added to the app, but the app creator will be pleasantly surprised with how easy it is to use the back office to create and maintain an engaging application. Given the indispensability of a mobile presence, no business should have to decide between breaking the bank or having a low-quality app—that’s why GoodBarber’s mission is to give everyone access to the opportunity to create an exceptional product worthy of representing them.

  • Allows to build a shopping app with offline payment system, local delivery by zip code, in-store pickup, time slots, store locator, push notifications, discounts, one-click checkout, permanent cart, quick share and more.
  • 30,000+ apps are built with the platform
Learn more about GoodBarber

GameSalad

Drag and Drop games development

10
(1 vote)
(1) REVIEWS

GameSalad is a free, drag and drop game creation engine for the development of iPhone, iPad, Android, Tizen & HTML5 games. Using GameSalad developers can test games on Apple devices (no coding required) and publish games to the App Store. The engine is also powered by a complex behavior library to enable creative freedom for game designers. Plus to business objectives, GameSalad team has a noble goal to enable anyone to engage with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) and learn Computer Science through video game creation.

One of GameSalad’s main features is it’s testing tool, the In-App Previewer, which can be used to test game logic and behavior sets. Its web publishing system allows for quick and easy cross-platform publishing to supported targets including iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle, Nook, Windows 8 and Mac desktop. Developers can also instantly publish games to the HTML5 powered GameSalad Arcade

  • Create, test and publish iPhone, iPad, Android, Tizen and HTML5 games
  • In-App Previewer to test game logic and behavior sets
  • Cross-platform publishing available for ebook readers, Windows 8 and Mac desktop
Learn more about GameSalad

Qt

Create Powerful Applications & Devices

(0) REVIEWS

Qt is a development environment for creating cross-platform mobile apps, with both a visual and coding interface. It comes with a number of dedicated tools such as QtDesigner for UI design and Qt Linguist for localisation, and the platform comes with a C++ code editor (including 1000+ classes), integration with popular version control and project management packages.

Learn more about Qt

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