iOS or Android? This is perhaps one of the most important questions new app developers must ask themselves before they start building their apps.
For some the answer is difficult, as both platforms have their pros and cons. Generally, it’s iOS for monetization, Android for users. But why not make it both ways and design apps for each platform?
Fortunately you can. Here are the top 10 cross-platform mobile development tools that make both possible.
Xamarin’s robust features and multi-os app development platform has attracted giants in the field including Microsoft, IBM, and Dow Jones. It is one of the leading solutions for cross-platform development, offering a free option that includes app store delivery, performance management and monitoring. Developers also have the ability to virtually test their apps on over a 1,000 devices, ensuring the app is working the way it’s supposed to.
Features include analytics, performance testing and management.
iFactr’s platform uses both Xamarin and PhoneGap to compile its native apps on iOS and Android. Developers can churn out mobile apps rather quickly. The platform is easy to learn, needing only a few days of training to grasp the basics. It’s robust prototyping features also gives companies the ability to create prototypes for their developers to test out.
SAP has long been around the mobile app development block, but it’s only recently started seeing more users. A few years back, the platform consisted of confusing array of features and solutions. Since then, the company released a 3.0 version of its SAP Mobile platform that’s rather simple to develop apps with. Developers can build cross-platform apps using only a single HTML5 codebase.
Prices start at $1,999 for a year contract or a one month trial version for $199.
FeedHenry made headlines last year after software company Redhat purchased the company for around 63.5 million euros. Their mobile backend-as-a-service platform works alongside a cross app development platform, allowing developers to create, design, and deploy iOS, Android, and Windows Phone apps on-premise or via public clouds.
Sencha works with companies like Google, CNN, and Samsung so you know it’s good. Developers can create HTML5 apps, then convert them into native iOS and Android apps with PhoneGap. Apps created with Sencha can run on all browsers including the most recent touch-based and smart devices.
However, prices are steep: for just 5 developers it’s $3,225 per year. For 20 developers, its $12,495.