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Top 7 cross platform mobile app tools for app developers

People target and explore more than one platform for their applications for cashing in maximum attention towards their app and thereby maximize the scope of revenue generation. Multi-platform apps are the staple for enterprise mobility. When business firms think about building a mobile app, their minds go straight to cross-platform app development. Startups and SMEs find cross-platform excellent to develop an app on multiple platforms like Android, iOS, and Windows simultaneously.

The cross-platform application development market estimated to cross $10 billion by 2020.

It simply means, writing a single code base for apps that will eventually be used on Android and iOS platforms . While the developers have always viewed it as a complicated process to tweak codes for each native platform, effective cross platform methodologies like Ionic, Apache Cordova and Flutter and sophisticated tools have enabled building high performance app

1. Adobe Phonegap Build / Apache Cordova

PhoneGap Build, from Adobe uses standard web development languages such as HTML5 and JavaScript with native hooks to the underlying Android and iOS Linux based system. With it developers can work with ANY device hardware features such as Bluetooth, NFC, accelerometer, GPS/location, camera and the like. PhoneGap Build is not free.
It is a well engineered environment that allows developers to create apps for Android, Electron PC, iPhone and iPad devices. It is the best cross-platform mobile app development tools to use in 2019

2. Appcelerator

This platform is extremely efficient as it provides access to the users to over 300 API’s. Appcelerator uses web technology to allow cross platform compatibility between platforms. The native apps are derived from technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, PHP, Python and Ruby, and rendered on the mobile via browsers. Most importantly, it also offers customizable metrics for actions and events. With Appcelerator, you will be provided with access to Hyperloop  a novel design API construct

3. MoSync

MoSync is a well performing tool for formatting cross-platform apps. One more FOSS multi-platform mobile app dev SDK tool that is based on standard web programming. This SDK offers the developer integrated compilers, libraries, runtimes, device profiles and many more useful tools. MoSync supports C/C++, PHP, Python, Ruby, JavaScript, and Java. MoSync offers support for several types of Operating Systems, including Windows Mobile, Android, Symbian, Moblin and even a mobile Linux distro.

4. Flutter from Google

Flutter is Google’s UI toolkit for building beautiful, natively compiled applications for mobileweb, and desktop from a single codebase. Almost Native Performance, Flutter’s widgets incorporate all critical platform differences such as scrolling, navigation, icons and fonts, and your Flutter code is compiled to native ARM machine code using Dart’s native compilers. Thus Flutter gives you full native performance on both iOS and Android.

5. React Native:

React Native from Facebook helps create native applications and uses JavaScript as a programming language to build apps. The strong side of React Native is that you can write modules in languages such as C, Swift, and Java. The best part is you can work on image editing and video processing that are not easy with the other API frameworks. Both Facebook and Instagram have used React Native to build their native apps

6. Microsoft Xamarin

Microsoft’s Xamarin’s allows you to build apps for different platforms such as Windows, iOS, and Android using a single .NET code.

The best part of Xamarin cross-platform tool is that all the apps built on it look and feel like native apps that is because it uses the native interfaces that work the same way. Although free for developers it becomes expensive for enterprises

7. Unity 3D

This cross-platform app development tool is so popular because of its graphics quality that is absolutely incredible. It’s so easy to use this tool and you can use it for more than just a mobile app. With Unity3D tool you can export your app or games to 17 platforms that include — iOS, Android, Windows, Xbox, PlayStation, Linux, Web, and Wii.

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