Top 10 cross-platform mobile development tools

Ngoc Huynh

Write Once Run Anywhere (WORA) refers to a piece of code that’s written once on one platform but can run on multiple platforms. As variety of mobile platforms increase, developers are finding it harder to provide their app in consumable form as users may be on very different platforms.

For the purpose of conservation of effort and time, the goal here is to create multi-platform apps with code reuse. To help you work on cross-platform mobile application development, we will be looking at the 10 best cross-platform frameworks for developing mobile apps that work on multiple platforms including Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry OS, etc.

1. PhoneGap

Open source PhoneGap is a great option for building cross-platform mobile apps leveraging on existing web technologies. PhoneGap is best suited for mobile applications that don’t make substantial use of the phone’s native features. It packages your applications within a native application container which allows JavaScript to access device-level APIs the same way normal apps do.

2. Appcelerator

Appcelerator helps in building native apps by deploying just a single JavaScript code base. It provides your web content in a native application, ensuring your code is not wrapped around a web container unlike few other such solutions.

3. Xamarin

Xamarin helps you build native apps for multiple platforms using a shared C# code base. With Xamarin, you can do anything in C# that you can do in Objective-C, Swift or Java unlike what is commonly believed. It lets you use the same IDE, language and APIs everywhere. Moreover, Git integration is built directly into the Xamarin Studio.

4. Sencha Touch

Sencha Touch is a leading cross-platform mobile web app framework that can be used to build efficient applications making use of hardware acceleration techniques. On Sencha, top quality apps can be built with well-tested, tightly-integrated UI components and libraries. It’s even capable of building large business applications and maintaining them with ease.

5. Monocross

Monocross is an open-source cross-platform mobile framework that lets you create beautiful applications for iPads and iPhones, Android smartphones and tablets, Windows Phone and Webkit-enabled devices. Monocross uses C#, Microsoft .NET and the Mono framework for developing multi-platform supported apps.

6. Codename One

Codename One is a cross-device platform with goals of simple usability, rapid application development, deep integration with the native platform with possible native speeds. While you’re required to code in Java, your application can also be tested & verified with Codename One’s simulator devices and test automation tools.

7. Kony Mobile Platform

Kony Mobility Platform is an integrated, cross-platform mobile app development platform that can be used to build universal mobile applications. Kony Mobility Platform provides automatic coding features, app preview facility, API connections and many more features.

8. Convertigo

Convertigo is an open-source software vendor that provides a mobile enterprise application platform consisting these solutions: Convertigo Studio, Convertigo Server, Convertigo Cloud and Convertigo Mobilizer.

9. Nativescript

Nativescript is another open-source platform for building native cross-platform mobile applications. Nativescript gives you every native APIs in JavaScript of most of the mobile platforms. You can easily reuse existing plugins from npm directly in NativeScript projects, making it easier to extend the features of your applications.

10. RhoMobile

RhoMobile Suite is based on the Rhodes framework. It is a set of tools for developing data-centred, multi-platform, native mobile consumer and enterprise applications. Using RhoStudio, a free Eclipse plugin, developers can generate, develop, debug and test applications with no other hardware or emulator requirements.

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