10 Best Mobile App Development Tools

Mobile app development is a really interesting and creative task which can help you make money. Many useful tools for helping you create mobile apps are present out there, and the number is increasing day by day. Any developer, be him an experienced on or amateur, will find these tools quite helpful. These tools not only make the task of developing apps easy, but also quick.

So today we have a list of 10 Awesome Tools to Create Cross-Platform Mobile Apps. Using these tools you would be able to create really efficient cross-platform mobile apps. We hope that you will find this list useful. So check the list out and pick the tools that you like the best.

AppMakr

appmakr

Price: $79 per month; It is available for free if you let them place ads in your app

This one is a great online tool that allows creating content-centered mobile apps. They also boast a great service that lets you distribute the app you created in various app stores. Importing RSS feeds which AppMakr package into a mobile-optimized app is also possible. You do not require any advance programming knowledge for creating apps while using this tool, but still having some knowledge of HTML and CSS would prove to be useful. You can also add custom HTML in your app.

MobileNation

mobilenation

Price: It has two plans – Standard (Free); and Enterprise (Paid)

MobileNation is an easy to use online tool with drag-and-drop feature which makes designing mobile apps quite handy.  It is compatible with almost all the modern browsers. Experts and amateur developers will both find this tool really useful. After you are done creating your app, MobileNation will also help you publish it to different app stores, Google Play Marketplace, or any other website of your choice.

Sencha Touch 2

sencha touch

Price: Free for commercial and open source licenses; Paid OEM license is also available

Do you have the basic knowledge of HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript? If so, then you would find this tool really handy for creating apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry. This tool is required to be installed on your PC (Windows/Mac/Linux). It also requires a web server that runs locally on your PC.

PhoneGap

phonegap

Price: Free

It is an awesome open source tool that acts as a bridge between individual mobile OS SDKs and the common development practices. This tool can support multiple mobile OS, such as iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows, WebOS and Symbian. It allows creating mobile apps with HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript; and has the ability of packaging your work for specific mobile OS. The best part is that this tool has direct integration with Dreamweaver, and this thing makes mobile app development even handier and quicker.

Widgetbox

widgetbox

Price: $25-100 per month

If you wish to create simple content based mobile apps easily and quickly, then this handy online tool would be perfect for you. This tool is compatible with almost all modern browsers and has a really easy to use interface which allows creating pages for your app having RSS feeds from blogs or social media sites. You also have the choice of adding custom content with HTML and CSS.

Magmito

magmito

Price:  $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year.

Magmito makes creating apps extremely easy and quick. It allows building really cool apps without requiring any programming knowledge whatsoever – thanks to their user-friendly interface. They boast a nice collection of templates. It also offers free promotion of your app via Facebook, Twitter; or distribution of various app stores.

foneFrame

foneframe

Priice: Free for Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

This one is a really cool mobile HTML5/CSS3 framework for building mobile-optimized web pages. This tool is compatible with almost all the modern browser and platforms. Although using this tool needs some knowledge of HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript; but still this tool is a great method of wireframing a mobile site easily and quickly. You can also use PhoneGap or appMobi XDK for the backend.

appMobi XDK

appmobi XDK

It is a nice free cloud-based tool and is available as a Google Chrome plug-in. It allows developing and hosting your mobile app, as well as distributing it in various app stores. This tool also has some extra features such as push notifications and e-commerce solutions which can be used for enhancing your mobile app.

iBuildApp

ibuildapp

Price: $9.99 per month; It is available for free if you let them place ads in your app

As the name suggests, this tool lets you build mobile apps. It features a really nice collection of templates for various types of apps. It has many amazing features that you will find helpful while creating app, including e-commerce options and a method of embedding web pages inside your app. This tool also boasts a SOAP web service that makes creating, retrieving, updating or deleting content possible. You can also get your app featured in iBuildApp gallery.

DragonRAD

dragonRAD

Price:  $4,900 per year; A free 30-day trial is also available

DragonRAD designer is a fabulous tool for creating mobile enterprise apps for the Blackberry PlayBook, iPad and Android Tablets etc. This tool makes app creation, as well as its deployment, a breeze. Maintaining your apps is also made extremely easy using this tool.


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8 Comments

  1. Brilliant Share and this is going to help me a lot as i started APP development 2 days back only.

  2. Alison Wood says:

    Great applications discussed. Phone Gap is the best out of all.

  3. Jeff says:

    All great apps but don’t forget to test it across multiple devices and geographies before going live. Services and mobile testing platforms such as Perfecto Mobile should be in your tool chest.

    Jeff

  4. Jenn says:

    Great list! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Max says:

    Another service is Tiggzi (http://tiggzi.com).

    Tiggzi is a cloud-based mobile app platform. It has a drag and drop visual UI builder. The app is created with HTML5/jQuery Mobile + PhoneGap (optional). You can easily add 3rd party REST API’s as well as create your own cloud database.

    Max @ Tiggzi

  6. Ahmad Awais says:

    Nice list Ali bro. Loved it

  7. Paul says:

    Another addition to your list is DHTMLX Touch, an open source JavaScript/HTML5 framework for building cross-platform mobile web apps. It’s free for commercial and open source projects.
    http://www.dhtmlx.com/touch/