By Seema Sharma
The mobile app development has become imperative for enterprises success nowadays. The continued growth of the smartphones provides businesses a unique opportunity to connect with potential customers via mobile apps. With so many mobile devices storming the market each day, it’s no treat for developers to create apps that can work on multiple platforms.
In the past few years, the popularity of cross-platform mobile app development tools has increased in a big way. These tools enable developers to write code once and run it on multiple platforms, including Android, iOS, and Windows. According to a recent study by Forrester, 60% of enterprises are already using cross-platform development. Cross-platform mobile app development tools will grow by leaps and bounds in the coming years. As per the predictions of IDC, by 2017, the market for cross-development tools will reach $4.8 billion, increasing at a compound rate of 38%.
Below is the list of top 10 cross-platform mobile app development tools which have made the lives of developers a lot easier.
Xamarin is a cross-platform app development tool that offers several amazing features such as the ability to add components directly from an interface, native API access, integration with backends, and forms interfaces for sharing the code. This tool empowers developers to build native apps for multiple platforms (Android, iOS, and Windows), with a single shared C# codebase. Moreover, developers can use the same APIs, language, and IDE everywhere. Xamarin has been used by several big names, including Dow Jones, IBM, Foursquare, and Microsoft.
Adobe offers PhoneGap Build (cloud-based) and PhoneGap (an open source solution based on Apache Cordova).
The developed applications can access native, specific device functions across various device platforms, using Cordova, an open-source set of device APIs. With Cordova’s cross-platform plug-ins and APIs, developers can build and code apps using Java Web languages – HTML5, and CSS3. Using Cordova, developers can create an app with a single codebase. The apps that are created once can be run on all devices- be it iOS, Android or BlackBerry.
The RhoMobile framework is used for developing native and cross-platform enterprise and consumer mobile apps. Applications written on RhoMobile Suite can be run on Android, iOS, and Windows. This tool consists of a broad API set, a built-in MVC (Model View Controller) pattern, integrated data synchronization, an Object Relational Mapper for data-intensive apps, RhoGallery, RhoConnect, RhoStudio, RhoElements, and Rhodes. Mobile app development services using RhoMobile are provided on the cloud and comprise of synchronization, hosted build, and application management.
MonoCross is an open-source cross-platform mobile app development framework that lets developers create engaging apps on Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows, and Webkit enabled phones. With MonoCross, you have the flexibility to write one app for all supported architectures and platforms and have a custom user interface for each platform. MonoCross uses the Mono framework, C#, and Microsoft.NET and you are not required to have knowledge of the low-level elaborations of all platforms.
9. Codename One
Codename One enables rapid development of applications and deep integration with the native platform. The flexible architecture of Codename One lets the UI work seamlessly across all platforms. The code is written in Java and the app is verified and tested with Codename One’s test automation tools and simulator devices. This framework supports popular IDE’s like IntelliJ IDEA, Eclipse, and NetBeans. It ensures compatibility with upcoming iOS versions as it uses ParparVM. The developers can build native Windows and native iOS apps without Windows PC or Mac machine.
Convertigo enables developers to develop mobile apps once and run on iOS, Android, and Windows. This platform offers four solutions – Convertigo Server, Convertigo SDK, Convertigo Studio, and Convertigo Cloud. It comes with various connectors like web services or SQL databases to connect to enterprise data. Convertigo has full sync data replication feature due to which data can be accessed offline.
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