5 Great Tools for Cross-Platform Mobile App Development

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When on one hand, iOS and Android have become most popular mobile operating systems, on the other hand, Windows 7 and BlackBerry are fighting to get recognized. While the operating systems of mobile devices are seeing ups and downs, what matters the most is: how do you choose between and omit the devices to develop for? However, it is much more difficult than it seems to be. When people have become mobile and technology savvy, it is important for an application developer to create an app which runs successfully throughout the different platforms and devices. No matter how crucial native app development is, people still prefer cross-platform apps which can work across several devices.

Because we have always been developing native apps, cross-platform mobile app development is not yet a ‘have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too’ solution for us. They are not yet totally perfect and thus it becomes difficult to deliver outstanding apps for cross-OS platforms. However, there are options where you can eliminate one OS for the another and develop a cross-platform app for three platforms instead of four. Well, that’s not at all bad idea.

Anyways, to develop a cross-platform apps, there are certain tools which can make the entire process easy and thus, I personally recommend these tools to you.

  1. PhoneGap

Winning the pitch at Web 2.0 expo in San Francisco in 2009, PhoneGap become a major tool of cross-platform app development. It is a FOSS framework, which helps in developing great cross-platform mobile apps for platforms like iPhone, iPad, Android, iTouch, Symbian, BlackBerry as well as Palm. The web development languages used by PhoneGap are JavaScript and HTML. In fact, you can also access features like GPS, camera, accelerometer, sound, etc. You get an Adobe AIR app, which is a cross-platform stimulator, online training sessions for accessing native API’s on your PhoneGap platform, offered by the company.

  1. RhoMobile

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I guess, everything is conveyed just by the tagline of RhoMobile – “One codebase, every SmartPhone”.  Rhodes is an open source, Rubu-based framework offered by PhoMobile, which enables you to develop native apps for a number of different SmartPhone operating systems like iOS, Android, Symbian, Windows Mobile, RIM and more. You can write your code once, using this framework, as well as use it rapidly to develop great applications for several different SmartPhone devices. Moreover, RhoMobile also offers RhoHub and RhoSync, for developing environment and keeping data updated respectively on the user’s device.

  1. WidgetPad

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WidgetPad is yet another smart tool and an open source development environment that enables you to create great SmartPhone app with the help of standard web technologies like CSS3, HTML5 and JavaScript. You can manage projects, edit source codes, and perform tasks like debugging, collaboration, versioning and distribution. With WidgetPad, you can creat successful apps for several platforms and mobile operating systems like iOS, Android and WebOS.

  1. Appcelerator 

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Well, Appcelerator is one of the favourite cross-platform tools among developers, shows a voting poll on Twitter. Thus, this is also one of the highly recommended tools for developing cross-platform mobile applications. Just like PhoneGap, this too is a FOSS framework, offering Titanium Development Platform for native desktop, tablet and mobile app development. It uses typical web development languages such as JavaScript, PHP, Python, Ruby and HTML. Using Appcelerator, you can also customise metrics for actions and events.  You can store the data either on your device, or in the cloud.

  1. MoSync

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You will definitely come across a number of FOSS cross-platform development tools which are highly used in the industry. MoSync is one such SDK based on common programming standards. You get tightly integrated compilers, libraries, runtimes, device profiles, tools and utilities with this Software Development Kit. Well, this tool also highlights an Eclipse-based Integrated Development Environment for C/C++ programming. It uses web languages like JavaScript, Ruby, PHP, Python and other languages for the application development. MoSync stakes a large number of operating systems like Android, Symbian, Windows Mobile and more.

Conclusion

No doubt, Cross-Platform app development is still not very easy. However, many efforts have been made to make this easily accessible, only because people’s device usage has shifted from desktops to tablets and SmartPhones. With different operating systems ruling different kinds of people, it has become necessary that your app is workable on multiple platforms. These tools will definitely help you develop great cross-platform mobile apps without hassles.  Comment us if you know more such tools.

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