As more and more whoop mobile app development hit the market every day, converting a new idea quickly into the form of a user friendly app is the immediate business need. The onrush of smartphones is at unprecedented levels with new phones being launched every day. These phones use varying OS platforms, some proprietary and others using standard mobile OS platforms.
Apps need to support multiple platforms to be able to reach out to customers using varied types of phones. This is a major challenge for a developer, since an app developed for one platform will need to be revised and reformatted for another platform. This may introduce delays and errors, both unwanted.
Technological innovation comes to the rescue, with development tools that provide auto-generation of multi-platform code variants from a single codebase, saving precious time and energy. Over time, these cross-platform apps have become important again, re-igniting interest in developers.
Some commonly used tools
Cross-platform mobile development has many efficient tools available today. Here is a list of some of the most useful ones:
This offers an integrated open-source Ruby development framework called Rhodes. It allows developers to use the cloud-based development environment called RhoHub, coupled with RhoSync, which can sync up the app data on a user device with that of the server. Platforms such as Windows Mobile, Android, iPhone, RIM and Symbian are supported for building native apps.
This tool is based on C#, and apps can be deployed for Android and iOS. This offers the developers the option to test their apps on over 1000 devices, and offers free app store delivery, metrics-based performance monitoring and management. Native API’s can be accessed via Xamarin, and the code is executed in NET framework before final compilation on the target platform. It is very useful for large development teams.
This is one tool that claims to help non-developers as well. User-friendly and easy to use, this provides a WYSIWYG interface, that lets the developers drop and add elements to their app, and customize the standard code as per their specific needs. Support for OS platforms such as android, iPhone, Symbian and Windows Mobile.
Some more tools that deserve mention are:
- iFactr that uses both Xamarin and PhoneGap for faster App development,
- Kony that supports drag and drop widgets,
- 5App with app dev as well as app store service,
- Sencha with HTML5 support and integrated with PhoneGap, and
- FeedHenry that has mobile BaaS platform as well as a cross-platform app dev.
These tools are surely very helpful. Many of them are FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) and hence quite popular. In fact, the cross platform app market is slated to be US $7.5 Billion by 2018
Selecting a particular tool should be based on factors such support for the web technology that the developer is comfortable with, along with the target platforms for the app to be developed. It is useful to draw a design draft of the app and study the features, such as hardware specific support that it may need, and choose a tool that provides the same. Also the IDE, performance monitoring, project management, version control and distribution features of the tool must be evaluated thoroughly. A mobile application development expert would be the best entity to consult with so that your mobile application development efforts get the best resources that ensure its success.
Arvind Rongala is Manager, Business Development and Marketing, Invensis Technologies, an IT-BPO service provider that has been satisfying clients around the world since 2000. With a footprint that spans offices in the US and India, the company has an employee base of more than 1,200 professionals and delivers positive results to clients in over diverse service categories, including: IT Outsourcing Services, Finance and Accounting (F&A) Outsourcing Services, Back Office BPO (Data Entry and Data Processing Services), Call Center Outsourcing Services, Healthcare BPO Services, eCommerce Support Services, Corporate Training, and Digital Marketing.