Top 5 Tools for Developing Multi-Platform Mobile Apps

When developing mobile apps, it's no longer optional to have an interface that works with not only iPhones, but iPads, iPad minis, and the many other mobile devices used widely today. For small businesses especially, managing multiple platforms brings a whole new level of complexity to mobile app development.

However, you can find a great deal of support in developing cross-platform mobile applications by using the tools I've listed below.

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1. Rhodes, RhoHub and RhoMobile

Motorola Solutions developed this open source software. It can deliver capabilities which are independent of the type of device and operating system and even the size of the screen.

Developing mobile applications using this platform can help an individual create intuitive and native applications that will deliver the same kind of performance level across different operating systems.


2. Appcelerator

Using this tool, developers can look at creating native applications that run on tablets, desktops and mobile phones. It also uses a range of development languages such as Ruby and Python to name a few.

It allows an individual to analyze the performance of the applications and make it possible to deliver solutions based on the cloud.


3. PhoneGap

This tool integrates development languages such as JavaScript and CSS with the browser. It can run on a range of operating systems including Android and BlackBerry. One of the unique points of this tool is the fact that it uses a native application wrapper, which gets integrated with the browser.

This is an open source framework that is loaded with quite a few features, which make it easy for developers to work with it.


4. WidgetPad

This is yet another open source tool that relies on web languages and technologies such as HTML5 and JavaScript, to help an individual create applications across platforms.


5. Xamarin

This tool is supported by the .NET foundation and has a wide range of native application features and support for operating systems such as Windows and iOS to name a few. One of the standout features of this tool is the fact that it can deliver a really robust debugger.

While accessing the different types of tools for multiplatform mobile applications development, aspects such as deployment speed, availability and accessibility to plug-ins and simplicity of use can be analyzed by the application developer.

For instance, PhoneGap is one tool that is known for its easy accessibility to plug-ins. It should also be important to analyze whether a tool can also deliver support for cloud computing services.


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<a href="">Vishal</a> is the founder of <a href="">Appsquare</a>. His Sydney-based app development company focuses on creating highly engaging yet cost-effective mobile apps and games.