11 Best Tools to Saving Huge Mobile App Development Time

Today’s mobile app development procedures, when comparing with the past, have turned faster. It has happened because of a number of mobile app development tools and technologies available in the market. This post discusses about all those major tools which help developers simplify the mobile app development procedures along with rapidly concluding a project. Let us begin:

 Framework 7

A full-featured, open source mobile HTML Framework, the Framework 7 has been quite popular among app development professionals all over the world. Previously, the tool provided support only for iOS apps but now Android apps can also be built using Framework 7. It can be applied at building hybrid mobile apps and web apps for iOS and Android platform, with native look and feel.

A developer with decent knowledge of HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript can easily understand the environment of Framework 7. The key features of the tool include Material Design User Interface, a custom DOM library, 1:1-page animation, native scrolling and preloading.

Ionic

When it comes to building amazing native apps and progressing web apps, the first preference of developers is Ionic which is a relatively new framework based on Sass CSS language. With cross-platform attributes, Ionic has capability to run on multiple operating systems. Professional app developers have found it easy to use. Ionic can be integrated with Angular JS to build more advanced and feature-rich mobile apps. 

With the library of mobile-optimized HTML, CSS and JS CSS component, tools and gestures, Ionic can also work with various other predefined components. 

JQuery Mobile

JQuery Mobile exists for cross-platform mobile app development, from a long period of time. This tool has all vital JavaScript features which are typically responsive to CSS and HTML. Although, jQuery Mobile doesn’t have native functionality for advanced UI; still, it is quite useful for ‘write only one time and run anywhere’.

Appcelerator 

Appcelerator is another great tool for cross platform mobile app development with native look and feel. It’s now widely applied at the development of native mobile, tablet and desktop app developments via web programming languages like HTML, PHP, JavaScript, Python and Ruby. App development proves to be quite easier with using Appcelerator.

Cocos2D

Cocos2D, one of the extensively used 2D app builders, lets mobile app developers publish apps for mobile, desktop and web using single code base. It also lets developers write in coco3d-objc, cocos2d-x, cocos2d-JS, cocos2d-XNA, cocos2d- Swift and more.

Xamarin

Owned by Microsoft, Xamarin is another popular app development tool. It uses C#, the globally accepted programming technology, for building Android, iOS and Windows Apps. The best feature of this tool is that it lets developers share code to multiple platforms. It has cloud services which allow developers testing their apps on a number of devices.

GameSalad

GameSalad is also one of the preferences of game app developers. It is such simple as it allows creating games with drag and drop visual editor. The tool aims to aid graphic designer, animator and game developers rapidly prototyping, creating and publishing cross platform games.

Kendo UI 

Kendo UI, the tool with sufficient prebuilt Material Design themes as well as a theme builder for custom themes, works perfectly in HTML5 and JavaScript and is available in both open-source and commercial versions. 

It also offers a wide range of UI widgets and plug-ins, Angular and Bootstrap UI integration, and performance optimizations. The only issue with Kendo UI is that it is a bit complicated to learn building apps using it in comparison to other cross-platform tools.

Cordova 

With Cordova, developers can write a single HTML, and JavaScript based code and use it to create apps for multiple platforms like iOS, Android, Windows, BlackBerry, LG WebOs and FireOS.

Sencha Touch 

Sencha Touch is also a widely used open source platform available in both paid and free versions. It allows developers to prototype, develop, theme, code, debug and even test apps.

Alpha Anywhere 

Alpha Anywhere is a rapid cross platform application development and deployment environment. It’s the best tool for quickly creating mobile business forms and apps supporting all devices.  It comes with the capability to quickly create mobile-optimized forms for business applications and easy access and integration with existing database and web services. Also it can utilize the built-in security that comes with it.

David Sheldon is a content writer in Rapidsoft Technologies, a prominent mobile app development services company specialized in iOS,  Android, Xamarin app development. He does blogging as hobby and love to write on mobile technologies, Entrepreneurship, Startups, and latest app trends.