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Best cross platform app development tool

Top 10 Cross-Platform Mobile Development Tools  July 17, 2017 – 07:57 am

PhoneGapFor the purpose of conservation of effort and time, the goal here is to create multi-platform apps with code reuse. To help you work on cross-platform mobile application development, we will be looking at the 10 best cross-platform frameworks for developing mobile apps that work on multiple platforms including Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry OS, etc.

Open source PhoneGap is a great option for building cross-platform mobile apps leveraging on existing web technologies. PhoneGap is best suited for mobile applications that don’t make substantial use of the phone’s native features. It packages your applications within a native application container which allows JavaScript to access device-level APIs the same way normal apps do.


  • It allows creating hybrid apps using popular web technologies (HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript), which are also readily available skill sets
  • It lets you deploy a single code base to different platforms including iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Firefox OS and more
  • It follows a plugin-able architecture, which means that access to native device APIs and more can be extended in a modular way
  • It enables you to make use of in-app, integrated payments via the App Store for iOS, the Google Play Store for Android and more

AppceleratorCons: The performance is known to be a bit poor for graphic-intensive apps made using PhoneGap. Though you may easily find plugins for PhoneGap per requirements, they could be somewhat outdated or unsupported based on the target platform(s).

Appcelerator helps in building native apps by deploying just a single JavaScript code base. It provides your web content in a native application, ensuring your code is not wrapped around a web container unlike few other such solutions.

  • It provides tools for rapid application development. A prototype can be built with lesser time and effort to evaluate user interaction with UI
  • It consists of a schema-less data store called ArrowDB that lets you deploy data models with zero setup efforts
  • It provides seamless integration to existing continuous delivery systems like SCM and MDM solutions
  • It has pre-built connectors available for MS Azure, MS SQL, Salesforce, MongoDB, Box and various others

XamarinCons: Appcelerator is known to be a bit buggy and laggy, though newer version are more stable. There are also user complaints of poor support from its developers community.

Xamarin helps you build native apps for multiple platforms using a shared C# code base. With Xamarin, you can do anything in C# that you can do in Objective-C, Swift or Java unlike what is commonly believed. It lets you use the same IDE, language and APIs everywhere. Moreover, Git integration is built directly into the Xamarin Studio.

  • Its sample apps make it quick & easy to start things up; these apps are clearly written and can be used as reference as well
  • About 75% of developed code can be shared across major mobile platforms using Xamarin, which heavily decreases costs and time-to-market
  • It provides functionality testing and quality assurance for numerous devices to ensure seamless integration (and even offers its own Android emulator)

Cons: Using Xamarin, you still won’t be capable of using numerous open-source libraries for iOS and Android development because of compatibility issues. The free version is seriously limited for developing a substantial project.

Sencha Touch is a leading cross-platform mobile web app framework that can be used to build efficient applications making use of hardware acceleration techniques. On Sencha, top quality apps can be built with well-tested, tightly-integrated UI components and libraries. It’s even capable of building large business applications and maintaining them with ease.

  • It offers built-in native-looking themes for every major platform
  • It supports Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and more
  • It packs in an agnostic backend data package for working with data sources
  • It supports PhoneGap/Cordova integration for native API access and packaging

Cons: Though Sencha Touch offers native-looking themes, but the availability of themes is limited, of course. Moreover, its commercial licensing is difficult to understand.

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