Mobile has taken the world by storm. Mobile apps are the way to connect with consumers and customers. Every developer worth his / her salt has by now played their hand at or is seriously into mobile app development. If you have not played along yet, get started NOW. There is a wonderful choice of tools for mobile app development.

Arguably, one can create very slick and powerful mobile apps using native environments like Xcode, Android devkit etc, but the learning curve might be steep. Also, these will take you only so far in terms of reach to costumers, unless you choose to rewrite all over again for the other OS.

Well, there are better (or should I say smarter) ways to develop apps and also have fun seeing your apps come alive so quickly! Here are some multi-platform app development tools that one must check out:

  • LiveCode: Offers an unusual development model allowing developers create apps using a programming language that is pretty much like English! Produces native apps for iOS and Android.
  • AppGyver: Build iOS and Android hybrid apps that can leverage native features using HTML5 and JS – using Steroids. Prototyper can bring your image live; Composer can help you create UI in a drag-n-drop manner.
  • Tabris: Develop apps completely in Java. Well apps really reside on server while the native client work as player for the apps UI.
  • Xamarin: Create native iOS, Android apps in C# using Visual Studio extended by Xamarin Studio.
  • Intel XDK: Build hybrid HTML5 apps for multiple platforms, comes with full emulator.
  • Cloud based HTML5, jQuery Mobile and hybrid apps for iOS, Android and Windows phone.
  • Appcelerator Titanium: Early player and popular hybrid application development platform. It provides the code that allows your app to run in iOS, Android, Windows, BlackBerry, and HTML5.
  • Sencha Architect: For those Ext platform lovers, this is a powerful visual app builder complete with rich app templates, customizable themes, and more.
  • AppBuilder: Web client to build, test and deploy HTML5 apps for iOS and Android.

If you have come across more interesting multi-platform app development tools, do share.


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