Top App Development Software (2021)

Updated: January 17, 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

Innovative SaaS solution for marketing services on a monthly subscription

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

Growth Rocket Apps offers premium marketing talent with all of the marketing bite, and none of the agency fluff. App Marketer of the Year Finalist and App Tweak ASO Expert. Growth Rocket Apps has a team of top-rated freelancers who have come together because we’re tired of agencies that charge premium prices, offer long lock-in periods without guarantees and then pass you on to a junior.

  • Services: Growth Marketing, ASO, Search Advertising, Display Advertising, SEO, Content Creation, Social Media Management, Digital Graphic Design, Web & Mobile UI/ UX Design, Lead Generation
  • Offices: London, UK, San Jose, US, Mendoza, Argentina
  • Tagline: Marketing Experts Without The Agency Fluff
Learn more about Launchpad by Growth Rocket Apps

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

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

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

AppURL

deep linking with Json

(0) REVIEWS

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

Appsmakerstore

Make Your Own Mobile App

(0) REVIEWS

Appsmakerstore is an award-winning app building platform which will build a free, native application for iOS, Android, Facebook or in HTML5. The platform comes with over 100 ready-made templates divided by industry and purpose, including food and beverages, beauty, event management, healthcare, hospitality and many more. The technologies its apps support go from geolocation to workflow management, livestreaming to QR codes.

Appsmakerstore was founded in 2009 in London and currently comes in three pricing plans: they can either build your app for you, you can pay a monthly subscription to build and maintain the app yourself, or pay a higher subscription and become a whitelabel reseller of applications, with the first 35 being free.

  • All pricing plans include infinite updates and changes to published apps
  • More than 500,000 app and usersign ups worldwide
  • Best Global DIY App Developer Software 2015 according to Clutch.co
Learn more about Appsmakerstore

BuildFire

The Most Powerful App Maker For iOS & Android

(0) REVIEWS

BuildFire is an easy-to-use way of creating mobile applications used by over 30,000 businesses thanks to its code-less approach to making an app. With its “click-and-edit” platform, a mobile app can be created in little time but still be feature-rich by including social network integration, loyalty programs, mobile shopping and e-commerce features. Its basic program, which will give you a HTML5 application, is free for up to 200 web app installs.

BuildFire also offers its trademarked SMART Push and Selective Push notification systems, with a 90% read-rate through your application insuring that your campaigns or contents are noticed by your users. It also syncs your application across platforms with content from your website, creates subscription channels and supports live content such as video and audio streaming.

  • High profile customers include Huffington Post, CNN and Business News
  • 3-tier price plan gives access to native apps with unlimited downloads
  • Allows for back-end coding as well as click-and-edit interface
Learn more about BuildFire

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