Best tools for mobile app development

Mobile Development, Our approach

Top 12 Mobile Development Tools: An Overview

Today there are many different tools for mobile app development. Here's a list of the best mobile development tools used by Sannacode developers. There is nothing superfluous here, only means-tested by time and many projects, which we are happy to share with our readers. Let's go!

Buddy

By using Buddy, a continuous integration and delivery tool that simultaneously serves as a powerful automation platform, you can automate a significant portion of your development workflow, including all your builds, tests, and deployments.

Unlike many other CI/CD tools, Buddy has a friendly and intuitive user interface with a smooth learning curve. It also offers a large number of well-tested actions to help you accomplish everyday tasks, like compiling sources and transferring files.

Buddy features:

  1. Over 100+ actions

  2. Intuitive and clean UI/UX

  3. Dedicated actions for Android: React Native, Ionic, Flutter, and more

  4. Integrations AWS, Google, DigitalOcean, Azure, WordPress

  5. Support for all popular languages ​​and task managers

Xamarin

Xamarin is a С# framework for developing cross-platform applications (for iOS, Android, Windows Phone). Xamarin allows you to create one application logic using C# and .NET for all three platforms at once - Android, iOS, and Windows Mobile.

Xamarin applications contain the Mono runtime environment within them. When a Xamarin application starts, the Mono runtime translates the compiled C # code into operating system commands (iOS or Android, or Windows).

Xamarin features:

  1. During the development process, a single code is created for all platforms.

  2. Xamarin provides direct access to the native APIs of each platform.

  3. When creating applications, you can use the .NET platform and the programming language C # (as well as F #), which is quite productive, and at the same time, straightforward and easy to learn and use

  4. Xamarin Component Store includes UI controls, cross-platform libraries, and third-party libraries.

  5. It tends to produce fewer errors and thus provides faster time to market.

  6. It allows application indexing and deep linking.

Xamarin sub-frameworks:

  1. Xamarin.Android - libraries for creating applications on Android OS

  2. Xamarin.Mac - libraries for creating applications on Mac OS X

  3. Xamarin.iOS - libraries for creating iOS applications

Appcelerator Titanium

Titanium is a completely open platform for developing, deploying, distributing, and ultimately executing web apps. Appcelerator Titanium allows you to create mobile apps in JavaScript, HTML, and CSS.

You can create modern, and most importantly, native applications using any currently popular operating system: Windows, GNU / Linux, or macOS X.

Applications built with this SDK will be truly native. The navigation controller on Android will look familiar and not the same as on iOs. And not only the view but the app code itself will also be native. By the way, this does not prevent you from creating a classic WebView and filling it with the desired web content.

Appcelerator features:

  1. It improves the speed of mobile app development.

  2. Higher limits of cloud capacity.

  3. This tool allows you to create mobile apps for all supported operating systems.

  4. Virtual private or on-premises deployment.

  5. It is built on open standards and full access to the underlying mobile OS.

  6. Support for multi-regional global deployments.

PhoneGap

PhoneGap allows you to create mobile applications using standard web technologies (HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS3). As a result, this led to rapid growth in the popularity of the framework. It is possible to do without development in such programming languages ​​as Java for Android, Objective-C for iOS, and C # with its help.

PhoneGap Build allows you to build builds for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone at the same time, without the need to install any SDK tools (of course, there is some cunning in this - when developing, it is still better to build locally, at least on Android, before sending it for testing). But more importantly, this service allows you to create for iOS in the cloud without having a Mac.

PhoneGap can be used to create two types of apps:

  1. Web Hybrid: used when you don't need native UI elements. In this case, the whole app will be in one WebView.

  2. Native Hybrid: Used when you don't need native UI elements, in which case the application will include multiple WebViews in a container.

If the mobile app does not go beyond these points, then the speed of development using the PhoneGap framework will be an order of magnitude higher than the result of a native application for each of the platforms.

PhoneGap features:

  1. Works effectively on JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS3.

  2. It can integrate with various libraries to improve application development.

  3. It allows you to develop various mobile apps with less time and effort.

  4. It helps developers extend the functionality of the app with a plugin architecture.

  5. Reliable tool for creating apps without any special skills.

Ionic

Founded in 2012, Ionic is considered one of the most popular cross-platform development environments. It is a free open source framework (MIT license). Ionic allows you to build Android apps using web technologies: HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript.

Ionic is designed for building hybrid and interactive mobile apps. If you are familiar with web development, the structure of an Ionic application will seem simple. A set of elements, animations, and software tools allows you to develop high-quality mobile, desktop, and advanced web applications using a single code base.

Ionic features:

  1. Easily integrates with other libraries like Angular and React.

  2. Able to work with Bluetooth, Health Kit, and Fingerprint Authentication.

  3. Provides a command-line interface (CLI) to provide the performance you need when using mobile device emulators, real-time app reloads, and logging.

  4. Ionic uses Cordova and Capacitor plugins to access the camera, GPS, or flashlight.

Sencha

Sencha Touch (ST) is another framework for developing mobile platforms based on ExtJs. ST's primary goal is to mimic the mobile platform’s interface elements’ standard interface and behavior whenever possible, providing programmers with a flexible API. Accordingly, an ST application is a joint client-server development. The client is the Safari or Chrome browser or some other webView. The server is any service capable of "responding" in JSON, XML, and several different formats.

In essence, the framework is again the familiar HTML5 + JS + CSS bunch. But in this case, we get more emphasis on JS than on HTML5 when developing the interface. The framework provides flexible tools for developing your UI components, both based on existing ones and from scratch. Any component of the library is, in fact, an ST object with a set of methods and properties.

Sencha features:

  1. Flexibility to create your interface by creating your components (more stringent requirements for details).

  2. A lot of documentation for a quick start.

  3. Free.

  4. There is a graphical interface development environment: Sencha Architect (paid $ 400 with a trial for 30 days).

  5. Low entry threshold.

Mobincube 

Mobincube positions itself as an app builder for everyone. Mobincube argues that everyone should build an app and make some money on it, obviously using their AdMob platform. Of course, you will have to spend a little first, but not really, because Mobincube is very affordable: the cheapest package without ads costs $ 9.99. Surprisingly, even the smallest package can be loaded into repositories. In using the editor, there is a feeling of a little "beta" in places. Sometimes you even have to switch browsers to get to certain features. But there are some pretty powerful tools; Mobincube allows you to create complex page types: for example, you can use an SQLite database to pull data from an external server.

Mobincube features:

  1. Build mobile stores and help boost sales.

  2. Allows integrating third-party solutions into the application.

  3. Helps advanced functionality.

  4. It allows online content to be updated.

  5. Customize every little thing in the app.

  6. It allows you to communicate with users.

Qt

Qt is a library for building cross-platform C ++ apps. Qt should be viewed as a set of classes for creating a GUI but rather as a complete class toolkit for all occasions. It is possible to develop programs not only in C ++ but also in QML, which is very similar to JavaScript. It is a particular branch of Qt development focused on rapid prototyping and mobile application development. Qt mobile game development video.

Qt features:

  1. New resolver classes for windowing and rendering.

  2. Parser and compiler optimizations have been implemented.

  3. Provides support for opaque private keys.

  4. Supports IPv6 and dual-mode networks.

  5. Temporary solutions for buggy SSL servers.

Kendo UI

Kendo UI includes 70 components. This framework significantly speeds up the development process and becomes very useful for many web specialists. Kendo UI is fast and responsive.

The framework was created from scratch and is currently a paid product. Its development was based on JavaScript, so its components work great on mobile devices too. The framework components consider the needs of mobile development, which is very convenient because the developed interfaces are perfectly adapted to different devices.

The practical use of Kendo UI has also worked well since the developer can customize the client side's components or configure them on the server.

An additional feature of the framework is the integration with AngularJS. It means that all components are ready to work with AngularJS. Therefore, if you use Angular as the basis for development, then the Kendo UI solution will perfectly cope with the tasks set.

The cost of licensing such a framework can scare off many developers, although many consider it a profitable and profitable investment.

Kendo UI features:

  1. Works seamlessly with AngularJS.

  2. Creation of cross-platform web applications. It can be adjusted to fit the user's screen on desktop, tablet, and phone.

  3. It is the most accessible tool for any JavaScript developer to get started.

  4. Allows the jQuery DataSource component to bind data for local and remote data easily.

Mobile Angular UI

Mobile Angular UI is an HTML 5 based framework that uses bootstrap three and AngularJS to build interactive mobile apps.

Responsive media queries are separate from the bootstrap program, and you have to choose what you want. Mobile Angular UI is independent of jQuery, so all you need to create a mobile app are some AngularJS directives.

To see Mobile Angular UI in action, check out the demo page. We also recommend that you read the instructions on how to get started with Mobile Angular UI.

Mobile Angular UI features:

  1. With Mobile Angular UI, you can develop a responsive mobile user interface. It also allows you to convert desktop web apps to mobile apps.

  2. Lets you create excellent mobile components.

  3. Bootstrap with development needs in mind.

  4. Stretch and shrink your browser window to see both mobile and desktop versions.

  5. Allows you to test responsiveness and speed.

Firebase

Firebase is Google's application suite for mobile developers. Developers get access to the analytics of their mobile applications and tools for developing applications on the Firebase platform. At the heart of Firebase is an analytics solution that allows you to track user behavior and the effectiveness of cross-network campaigns with a single dashboard. Also, you can export raw data to BigQuery for building queries.

Firebase features:

  1. It provides cloud service, so no configuration is required.

  2. Data is stored in native JSON format so users can see what they have saved.

  3. The data is safe because Firebase requires 2048-bit SSL encryption for all data transfers.

  4. File storage powered by Google Cloud Storage.

  5. Process data like streams to build scalable applications.

  6. Data are reflected and stored in several secure locations, so there is virtually no data loss chance.

  7. It integrates nicely with frameworks like AngularJS. So it allows you to create an application in a short time.

Swiftic

Launched in 2010 in Israel, the founders of the mobile app development service claim to have powered over a million apps worldwide, making Swiftic one of the largest fish in the app-building ocean. Swiftic provides a wide variety of building blocks such as loyalty cards, organizer integration, e-commerce, testimonials, and user events. Most of the Swiftic application examples are restaurants, music bands, and other entertainment organizations.

The service allows you to publish an application on Google Play or the App Store immediately after creation. You do not have to spend time studying the download rules, user agreements, etc.

Swiftic features:

  1. Creation of your application and loyalty program for any business.

  2. Publishing an app to app stores.

  3. Application warranty.

  4. Sending push notifications.

Conclusion

The development of programming today has reached unprecedented proportions. To create an app for a mobile phone, you do not need to make a considerable effort. All that is required is to drop the required shortcut to the preview page. Special programming knowledge is not required; however, at least necessary editing skills are required to place an application in the repository.

The critical factor that will affect the popularity of your app is the visual component. In addition to its importance and relevance to the idea, users pay attention to its design. Fierce competition and massive selection in the market complicate the app promotion. However, offering users the right product is enough to study the competitors and their disadvantages. Create a mobile app that will be more colorful, functional, and more interesting for consumers, then the profit is guaranteed for you.

We offer our services for application development. The Sannacode team consists of professionals who have all the necessary skills and knowledge and are also focused on achieving positive results. We will develop the best mobile app that will make you money.

 

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