Cross-platform mobile app development and app creation software

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Xamarin is a cross-platform development tool that lets developers build native iOS and Android apps, as well as Windows and Mac apps, using a single shared C# codebase. The company also lets developers test apps on hundreds of devices via its Xamarin Cloud service, offers its own Xamarin Studio IDE, and runs live online classes with its Xamarin University program.

Xamarin boasts a number of big name brands among its clients, including Microsoft, Kellog’s, Bosch and Dow Jones. The company is based in San Francisco with offices in Europe, Asia and South America.

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Xamarin Key Features

  • Native user interfaces
  • Native API access including platform-specific capabilities like iBeacon and Android Fragments.
  • Xamarin.Forms interfaces that allows devs to share almost 100% of code across all mobile dev platforms
  • Add components to apps directly from your IDE via Xamarin Component Store
  • Integrate backends such as Microsoft Azure, Parse and SAP


  • Xamarin HQ
    1355 Market St, 3rd Floor
    San Francisco CA 94103
    United States
  • Xamarin Inc.
    225 Main St
    Cambridge MA 02138
    United States
  • Xamarin Ltd.
    60 Gray’s Inn Road
    London WC1X 8AQ
    United Kingdom
  • Xamarin Denmark APS
    Åbogade 15
    8200 Aarhus N
  • Xamarin S.R.L.
    Camila O’Gorman 412, Of. 503
    C1107DED, CABA
  • Xamarin Singapore Pte Ltd
    A Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, Level 11
    8 Marina Boulevard
    Singapore 018981

Key People



Nat Friedman – CEO and Co-Founder





Miguel de Icaza – CTO and Co-Founder




Joseph Hill – VP of Developer Relations and Co-founder


Xamarin Alternatives



PhoneGap is probably the most well-known cross platform development brand within the development community. The now Adobe-owned tool is based on the open source Apache Cordova project and is completely free to use, which goes some way to explain its popularity. Adobe is also working on an enterprise version of PhoneGap, which is currently undergoing a beta trial – and you can sign-up for it here. The enterprise version boasts marketing features via Adobe’s Marketing Cloud, so when it launches it will probably be monetised.



Sencha offers a variety of tools for cross platform app development such as Sencha Architect, Sencha Animator, and more. It’s main product for enterprise users is Ext JS 5, which lets developers create HTML5 apps, which can then be converted into native apps with PhoneGap. Sencha’s HTML5-focused approach allow its apps to run across browsers as well as the latest touch-based devices and has attracted clients such as Google, CNN and Samsung. The platform is priced at $3,225 per year for up to five developers and then $12,495 per year for up to 20 developers.

Xamarin Tutorials

Programming with Mosh – A fantastic Youtube video on Xamarin Forms which will lead you to a programming course dedicated to Xamarin.

C# Fundamentals for Absolute Beginners – If you haven’t coded for a minute throughout your life, this is still a great place to start. Absolute basics to advanced concepts of object-oriented programming.

Kudvenkat – Another great place for beginners, this Youtube series currently numbers 100 videos.

Xamarin Info

Platforms:Android, Windows Phone
Types:Cross Platform
Groups:App Development Tools
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