Tools for Multi-Platform Mobile App Development

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Mobile App Development is trending for the past few years. Since the time smartphones became a craze the mobile app development field also started to boom. However, with varied platforms like iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Windows 8, Android and Palm the need for multi-platform mobile app development also started to boom. Multi-platform mobile app development can be really irksome if you are unaware of the handling tips and tricks. One interface type we design cannot suit all the devices. While designing for various devices by itself is a challenge, cross-platform mobile app development i.e. creating a single app that runs on multi-platform in a perilous task. However, as a bequest to the multi-platform mobile app developers, there are few tools which may aid them to overcome this challenge. Listed below are 5 such best tools that might help the multi-platform mobile app developers.

1. RhoMobile:

The tagline of RhoMobile says it all – “one codebase, every smartphone”. That’s what every app developer expects from a multi-platform mobile app development tool. RhoMobile offers Ruby-based open source framework called the Rhodes. A wide range of smartphone devices and operating systems covered including iOS, Android, Windows 8, RIM and Symbian are supported by Rhode. In all of the above mentioned operating systems, indigenous app development can be done.

This framework needs us to write the code once and the same can be used to quickly create apps for every leading smartphone. Native apps are the ones that are claimed to take complete benefit of the available hardware together with GPS and camera in addition to location data.

Besides Rhodes which is presently in its 2.0 version RhoSync, a standalone server and RhoHub, a hosted development environment, are also provided by RhoMobile for keeping app data current on consumers’ mobile devices.

2. MoSync:

MoSync is also a free and an open source software tool that is used for multi-platform mobile application development. The Software Development Kit (SDK) is based on general programming standards. This SDK embraces runtimes, tightly integrated compilers, device profiles, libraries, tools, and utilities. This tool features an Eclipse-based IDE for C/C++ programming which is an added boon for new developers. This framework also supports a large number of operating systems, including Android, Symbian, Windows 8 and even Moblin. The iPhone and Blackberry support is expected in the next version.

3. WidgetPad:

WidgetPad is a multiparty, open-source SDK for development of mobile, especially smartphone apps. This IDE uses customary web technologies, such as CSS3, JavaScript and HTML5. Source code editing, debugging, collaboration, versioning, project management, and distribution are included in this platform. This tool which is now in private beta is used to develop apps for the iOS, Android OS and Web OS also.

4. PhoneGap:

PhoneGap is an award-winning Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) environment framework which was the winning pitch at the Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco’s 2009 Launch Pad event. It allows users to create apps for iPhone, Android, iTouch, Palm, iPad, Symbian and BlackBerry devices using JavaScript and HTML as the web development languages. Like Rhode, this tool also allows access to hardware features including GPS/location data, camera, accelerometer, sound and lots more.

The company also offers a simulator called Adobe AIR app which is for cross-platform. This framework also provides online training sessions to aid you entrée the native APIs and create functioning mobile apps in the PhoneGap platform.

5. Appcelerator:

Appcelerator allows for the creation of indigenous tablet, mobile, and desktop applications through characteristic web dev languages such as PHP, Ruby, JavaScript, Python and HTML. Appcelerator was voted as fans’ favorite tool for multi-platform mobile app development by a poll conducted in Twitter.

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