12 Top Platforms for Building Mobile Apps

Generally speaking, every great app you’ve ever used – every piece of mobile software that you’ve truly loved and that made your life better, easier or more efficient – has begun the exact same way:

With an idea.

Believe it or not, those ideas are easy to come by. We all have them. But the thing that usually stands between bringing that idea to life in incredible detail is the platform upon which that app will be built on.

Luckily, those days are over.

Yes, it’s absolutely true that a fear of coding can push you to NOT act on building your own app. It may even cause you to put off looking for the right mobile enterprise app development in the first place.

So we decided to do it for you.

The good news is that it’s now easier than ever to ender the mobile application market – all with NO coding experience or even knowledge required. The better news is that whether it’s for your business, your blog, your product, your service or just something totally random you want to bring to the world, enterprise mobile app development software options are both plentiful and easy to find… provided that you know where to look.

What follows is a list of some of the best platforms available today for your enterprise mobile apps development. Each brings something truly unique to the table, and all of them will quickly rise up to become the right tool for the right task at exactly the right time.

top enterprise mobile app development platforms

1. The Top Enterprise Mobile App Development Platforms: PhoneGap

PhoneGap is a famous tool among developers because it lets you build applications for not only Android and iOS devices, but also Palm, BlackBerry, Symbian and more. It’s notable for having a deep layer of devicce hardware support, allowing developers like yourself to tap into the native functionality of the phone like the GPS, the accelerometer, the sound system and even the camera.

It’s a fully open sourced platform, which also means that anything you build can move into cross-platform status both quickly and efficiently. The code can be easily translated to CSS, JavaScript and even HTML5.

2. Appcelerator

Appcelerator is exactly what it sounds like – a development tool built with both speed and efficiency in mind. It works with web programming languages like HTML, PHP, JavaScript, Python and Ruby, and is a perfect tool to use to build apps for nearly any device you can think of. All told, it’s an open and extensible tool that supports more than 5,000 different devices and operating system APIs, meaning that if “versatility” is one of the most important qualities you’re looking for in a tool, you’ve just found it.

3. Native Script

Native Script is another powerful open source and cross-platform enterprise mobile app development tool – one that is widely used for building truly native mobile apps. It’s aimed at allowing developers to execute native apps on Android and iOS devices like the iPhone, and it features literally hundreds of Native Script plugins that are as easy to use as they are empowering.

4. Xamarin

Xamarin is a unique tool on this list because it comes directly from Microsoft – allowing developers like yourself to not only build native apps for iOS and Android, but Windows Phone, too. It uses a C# codebase and any applications developed through this tool can be tested on a plethora of different devices with the help of cloud services. It also allows code sharing in multiple platforms, extending those benefits even further.

 

Read more: How to Build a High Performance, Enterprise-Ready Mobile App

5. RhoMobile

RhoMobile’s open source framework is based on Ruby, and the platform itself is known as Rhodes. What this means is that you can use this single tool to develop apps quickly for ALL OS and smartphone platforms, including but not limited to Windows Mobile, Symbian, Android, iPhone, RIM and others. Not only can the apps you develop be considered both advanced and secure, but the include standalone server functionality RhoSync also helps you store all of your app data in perpetuity as well.

6. Sencha

No list of the top enterprise mobile app development frameworks would be complete without a mention of Sencha – one that includes not only Sencha GXT but also Sencha Ext JS and Sencha Touch, too. These go a long way towards helping you build not only highly secure and quality applications, but ones that can effortlessly be translated from one platform to another, too.

7. Appery.io

Appery is one of theĀ  most advanced cloud-based mobile app builders on the market today, meaning there’s absolutely nothing to download or install. Because of that, it’s easy to get started as quickly as humanly possible. It’s unique because it has a visual editor, allowing you to drag and drop components to build your app’s UI. Appery will then auto-generate the code for any components you drop in, and you can even instantly add a cloud database and backend to your app if you need to store data.

Plans begin at just $60 a month for Pro membership, and $135 per month for Team membership.

8. Mobile Roadie

Mobile Roadie is another visual-based app that not only supports all media types, but also includes the automatic importing of RSS, Twitter or Google News keywords, too. You can preview your app accurately via Mobile Roadie’s back end in just a couple of seconds, allowing you to see your app EXACTLY how your users will. You can also pull in data from a wide range of different formats including XML, JSON, PHP, CSV and HTML, too.

Pricing for the base plan starts at just $145 per month.

9. TheAppBuilder

Whether you’re trying to build an app for your employees, your clients, a dedicated app for an event or even a brochure, TheAppBuilder is more than capable of standing by your side. You can either use the online toolkit, or you can have the app itself work with you to define and create the structure of the app and populate it with all of the initial content you need.

Thanks to the dedicated AppLibrary, you can even provide your users with an easy way to access multiple apps – all of which can be customized with your own branding. Even after you go live, updating the structure and content of your apps is easy – and you can make unlimited updates moving forward, all of which will be published from multiple mobile platforms, in just a single click. Updates are so fast that they can literally go live on multiple platforms in a minute or less.

10. Good Barber

Good Barber isn’t just a great platform to use to build iOS and Android apps – it also lets you create optimized web applications, too. No matter what you’re trying to do, it can easily be accomplished without even THINKING about writing a single line of code.

Any time you adjust any parameters at all in your app, you get immediate visual feedback. If you’re using your web app to replace your website, you can even send unique, actionable push notifications to quickly convert your readers into engaged, active contributors! They can submit articles, photos, videos and more!

Plans begin at just $32 per month for Android apps and $96 per month for iOS apps.

11. Appy Pie

Appy Pie is another cloud-based enterprise mobile app development tool that is aimed at people without any programming skills to speak of. All you have to do is drag and drop pages to create your mobile application online and soon you’ll receive an HTML5-based app that works with ALL platforms including iOS, android, Windows and even a Progressive app, too!

Revisions happen in real-time and the platform includes multiple tools that you can use to monetize ads, see live analytics, track user locations with GPS and more. You can even integrate all of the popular social media feeds, blogs and websites via RSS!

Plans begin at absolutely no cost, though they do go up to $50 per month for the multi-featured “Platinum” tier.

12. AppMachine

AppMachine once again sports an intuitive drag-and-drop interface, allowing you to build beautiful apps without writing any code to speak of. You can easily design the app in your own unique style with your own navigation paths, colors, fonts and more. You can also easily link your app to Facebook, Twitter and other online sources as well.

Apps can be tested on any computer, mobile device or tablet you happen to have. AppMachine was even built to proactively take care of everything you need to get your app into the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store, too.

Plans begin at just $49 per month per app, but go up to $69 per month per app depending on the specific pricing plan you choose.

 

If you’d like to find out more information about some of the best platforms for building the mobile apps of your dreams, or if you’d just like to find out more about what an enterprise mobile app and software development company can help do for your efforts, please don’t delay – contact Pegasus One today.