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5 Best Cross Platform Mobile App Development Tools For 2018

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We all are aware of the fact that coding is not everyone’s cup of tea. A combination of many aspects rule the mobile application landscape and the cross-platform app development has become a more dependable option with time. With cross-platform tools, you can run the same code in different platforms thereby reducing the cost of technology investment.

Mobile app development is a booming industry with new apps and use cases coming each passing day. However, it isn't just the use cases that are increasing but also the tools accessible for developers to develop such applications. In earlier days, we had no other choice but to code an app from the scratch for each platform. But now, we can utilize cross-platform mobile application development tools that provide the same functionality as that of native apps. In this article we will talk about some cross-platform development tools that offer this functionality. 

  • Phone Gap (Apache Cordova):

Apache Cordova is first on the list as it enables the build process of most free cross-platform app development tools. Phone Gap offers a FOSS environment that allows cross-platform mobile application development and was developed by the team behind Apache Cordova. It comprises of a compiler, debugger, and a couple of tools for testing purposes. The key web technologies included are HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. Phone Gap has got the back-up of variety of plugins like Image Capture plugin, Media Recorder Plugin, Push plugin etc. 

The plugins in Phone Gap allows to trigger some key smartphone functionalities like GPS, accelerometer, camera, sound etc. Phone Gap also supports in-application purchases for the iOS application store and Google Play Store. It is an incredible tool for designers who have expertise in front-end technologies. You may need the support of third party caching and graphics acceleration as the applications developed on this platform are normally slow. 

  • Appcelerator:

Appcelerator is another cross-platform development tool that can be utilized to develop, deploy and test the functionality of a mobile application. It make use of JavaScript as a universal code mechanism. The code here implies that the same code can be used to create applications for various platforms like iOS, Android and Blackberry. Nowadays, it is the best choice for brisk development of an app, if the developer has deep expertise in JS. 
Appcelerator offers a schema-less database along with Arrow DB which enables you to deploy data models with zero setup efforts. It even offers pre-built integration with Salesforce, MS Azure, MongoDB, MS SQL, and Box. This tool has a reputation for being slow and lags even though it has the support from the developer community. These issues have been fixed in the newer versions. 

  • React Native: 

React Native is an open-source cross-platform application development tool developed by Facebook. It follows "learn once, write everywhere" protocol. JavaScript is the base language and offers chance for naïve functionality. Once coded, you can port your application to both Android and iOS using the same base code. The functionality that helps React Native to stand apart is that, even though they are cross-platform, apps built in this platform will have the look and feel of a native application thereby offering an interactive user experience. 

This is an emerging framework that enables quick prototyping and offers high initial velocity. Moreover, it is easy to learn the basics and get started if you are talented in JS. While this sounds incredible, the codes in JavaScript uses a lot of memory for calculation intensive tasks. It is a brilliant choice for agile development and turns out to be more effective in many cases. 

  • Sencha Ext JS: 

Sencha's ExtJS is similar to the likes of React Native in terms of functionality. The key factor that differentiates both is the use of Ext JS framework for development. It provides a visual application builder for HTML5, with the reusability of custom components. The distribution to Apple Store and Google Play is managed by the native application packager. 

Since it utilizes HTML5 for development, you can test and run your applications on both the browsers and mobile apps. It is also compatible with different cross-platform tools like Adobe Phone Gap for developing highly functional apps. 

  • RhoMobile Suite: 

RhoMobile offers Rhodes, a Ruby-based open-source framework that works well with Android, Windows Mobile, Symbian, iPhone, and RIM. RhoMobile is equipped RhoHub, a hosted development environment for developers to code the application and RhoSync, an independent server that helps you to store all the application data and keep updated on user’s devices. 

You can develop native-like applications, which are spread across different platforms utilizing a single code. Native applications work extraordinarily well in dealing with available hardware. Hence the job gets done with relatively more easily, faster, and accurately. 

If you are searching for mobile application developers who can help you with your project? With more than 8 years of experience in mobile application development, we have attained deep expertise in taking a shot on distinct technologies and services. Get in touch with us today to know more deeply about different aspects of mobile app development. 

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