If you’re already developing mobile apps or thinking about creating something fresh and exciting, you’ll want an arsenal of mobile development tools to complete the job. While you can certainly code apps by hand or with older tools that take more time, why would you want to when there are easier — and faster — ways to get up and running?
There are approximately 178.1 billion apps downloaded annually and 3.8 million mobile apps available in Google Play. The easier app development becomes, the more apps get developed. If you want to stay competitive as a mobile developer, then you need to figure out how to get your product on the market before anyone else and release new apps on a regular basis.
Mobile development tools allow you to skip some of the basic steps and go right to the market with your idea. Get ahead of the competition by using tools that speed up the entire process and allow for better app delivery. Below are nine mobile development tools you have to try.
Xamarin is an environment where developers build iOS and Android apps. It’s one of the best solutions out there for cross-platform app development. One of the key benefits of building via the Xamarin Cloud service is the ability to test apps on hundreds of different devices at one time. This gives you the certainty of knowing your app will work for the widest range of users possible. Make sure to take their online classes, which teach users how to gain the biggest benefit from their platform.
If you have a mobile workforce, then consider using iFactr to build apps that allow those workers to stay in touch throughout the workday. The company offers in-depth training, but also states that anyone can learn to use their platform in just a few days. One of the biggest benefits of using iFactr is the ability to quickly create a prototype of an app you’d like your employees to try. This saves time because you can see if the app will work for your purposes or if you need to find another solution.
Monocross is another open source solution for cross-development. This program has a wide offering of possible coding languages, so if you know one language, you won’t necessarily have to learn a new one to code an app. You can create apps with .NET, C# and the Mono framework. Like many of the other app development tools, they offer documentation to walk you through the process.
8. Alpha Anywhere
EachScape offers a very user-friendly, drag and drop environment for app building. The program is cloud-based, which allows you to do a web preview and receive mobile back-end services. Build iOS, Android and HTML5 apps. You can get started free, but if you choose to publish you get charged based on how many people download and use your app. This allows you to scale your app according to how popular it is.
These nine tools are a great place to start if you want to build mobile apps. However, there are many other tools out there. The best one depends on the functions you need and the types of tools you’d like to develop.
Whether you are a business owner and wish to give your employees apps to use in the field, or you have an idea for an app that the public would enjoy, you can get your app out quickly and efficiently using any number of platforms.
About The Author
Eleanor Hecks is the Editor-in-Chief of Designerly Magazine, an online publication dedicated to providing in-depth content from the design and marketing industries. When she's not designing or writing code, you can find her re-reading the Harry Potter series, burning calories at a local Zumba class, or hanging out with her dogs, Bear and Lucy.
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