As smartphones become deeply entrenched into our lives, businesses have realized the importance of mobile access, as a viable marketing tool.
Many businesses have started working on their mobile apps, which will facilitate access to a company’s products and services.
According to a report on digital transformation, by Gartner, more than 75 percent of large enterprises, will have adopted a mobile app development platform, by 2020.
The massive adoption is aimed at accelerating the businesses’ digital transformation strategy.
While anyone can develop an app, it takes some work and resources that people will, actually, use and enjoy.
The advanced mobile app development tools can help you utilize your resources wisely and make the development simple and easier.
Mobile app development
Mobile app development is a task that requires more than just coding and technical prowess.
To be a successful app developer, you need organized and intuitive workflows and streamlined processes, but most importantly, you also need some advanced tools that can help you accomplish your goals, as a developer.
These tools are designed to assist app developers, in the development process.
Based on the development platform they work on, we have divided the tools, into two groups to make things easy for the readers. They are:
Native mobile app development
Native mobile app development tools are designed to help developers create apps, for specific mobile platforms, such as Android or iOS.
They are native to the platform and take advantage of the features specific to the platform.
Native mobile apps, moreover, are coded in the native language of the platform.
For instance, Android apps require a good knowledge of Java or Kotlin, while iOS apps are developed, using Objective C and Swift programming languages.
Cross-platform mobile app development
These tools allow you to build generic apps that are, simultaneously, compatible with multiple mobile OS.
They allow developers to, significantly, reduce the cost and time required to create an app because, the apps can run on various platforms, without much code change.
This, however, comes with a tradeoff. Apps developed with cross-platform tools have been noted to have performance issues, compared to native apps.
Important tools for developers
Below, we provide a list of the tools that assist developers, with native and cross-platform mobile app development.
Android Studio is, a free Android app development software, by Google.
It is designed to assist developers in coding and designing Android apps and reduce the amount of time spent on coding.
The drag and drop feature, in the tool, makes it easy to use and helps in designing better layouts.
It also provides shortcuts, for other redundant tasks, to facilitate and reduce the app development time.
Xmarin is, a tool that assists developers in the creation of native mobile applications.
It is an open-source development platform, designed by Microsoft and uses C# to simplify the app development process, for Android, Windows and iOS apps.
Xamarin allows developers to share around 75 percent of the developed code, across the major mobile platforms.
This can be particularly important to developers, who intend to build a cross-platform app like Hookt.
Airg Reviews suggest that, features like these significantly reduce the costs and time, for developers who want to develop similar apps, for multiple platforms.
Many devices are also provided quality and functionality testing, to ensure seamless integration.
NativeScript is, another open-source platform that allows developers, to create native and cross-platform applications.
Other prominent features include, an attractive UI that can be tailored, to specific mobile devices and screens.
Since the tool is extensible, you can re-use existing plugins, from CocoaPods, Grade and npm directly in NativeScript projects.
Developers also have access to hundreds of plugins, specific to NativeScript.
This open-source tool on the list is, dedicated to cross-platform app development.
The framework of the tool is integrated, with libraries to save time and enhance functionality.
Another feature of PhoneGap is that, if you are not satisfied with the tool’s architecture, you can extend it, with a plugin architecture.
Since a large number of developers are constantly working on the quality of the tool, you can always expect optimal service.
AppGyver is, a no-code platform that allows you, to build React and React Native mobile and web-based apps.
AppGyver provides an attractive UI framework, with native elements, including page transitions, navigation bars, drawers, tab bars and more. Using AppGyver, you can achieve a native look and feel, even, for your Hybrid app.
AppGyver offers over a dozen templates, to create an app; however, you can also build your app from scratch, with the modules and components.
It is, a no-code platform, but you can create custom modules to write code.
AppGyver offers a free Composer Pro for all Indie developers, with less than $10 million in revenue or funding.
Besides the free version, they also offer different pricing plans that you can opt for, to gain access to the advanced features.
Framework7 is, a free and open-source framework, to build mobile, web and desktop apps for iOS, with a native feel.
The HTML framework is simple, easy to use and creates faster native apps.
It has an appealing UI architecture, with elements like animations, visualizations and touch interaction, tailored to iOS devices.
Tramework7 boasts of an enhanced video ad experience, thanks to partnering with Video Intelligence.
Other prominent features include, iOS swipe back action, custom styles and a wide range of UI elements, like media lists, form elements, popups, modals and more.
Mobile apps can, significantly, improve the brand image and reputation of your company.
Do not hesitate to use these tools, to simplify your app development process and have your app up and running, in no time.
Since most of these development tools offer a free version, demo, or trial, you do not have to commit, before you have tested the tool.
What other tools do you think should make it to this list? Let us know in your comments.
About the Author
Ashley Rosa is a freelance writer and blogger. As writing is her passion that’s why she loves to write articles related to the latest trends in technology and sometimes on heath-tech as well. She is crazy about chocolates. You can find her on Twitter @ashrosa2.
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