As technologization is taking over, companies are gradually gaining awareness of this fact and realizing that they need to provide their goods and services where the customers are – the smartphones and tablets – and they need it fast. As a result, the market for enterprise-ready, cross-platform mobile app development has been rocketing through the roof. Cross platform mobile development tools are becoming increasingly essential for exactly this purpose, for swift, extensive development and deployment of cross-platform app development. Market growth has been estimated as such:
- IDC: compound annual growth rate over 38% reaching $4.8 billion by 2017
- Gartner: 20 million enterprise apps developed by 2018
While there are a large variety of mobile app development tools, here we have compiled a list of the top 10 of them being used by developers as of recent.
Recently bought by RedHat for £63.5 million, FeedHenry lets developers build and deploy mobile backend-as-service and hybrid app development platforms for iOS, Windows Phone, and Android through on-prem and public clouds. It uses Node.js and MongoDB-database for swift scalable grid apps. FeedHenry works with companies like Aer Lingus, AWS, and Rackspace.
Originally aimed at speedily developing apps for mobile workers, learning to work on iFactr doesn’t take more than 3 days training. You can quickly create employee-testable prototypes using this framework’s prototype features. iFactr uses Xamarin for native app development on Android and iOS; PhoneGap is also inbuilt with the tool.
Probably the most familiar hybrid app development framework in the market, PhoneGap is an Adobe-owned, open sourced, free Apache Cordova project tool. Its enterprise version is currently in beta trial form and brags marketing features through the Adobe Marketing Cloud, so it will likely be monetized upon launch.
SAP recently released SAP Mobile Platform 3.0, which was, originally in previous versions, slightly guilty of providing a confusing variety of tools. It is a framework that lets a developer build hybrid applications using a single HTML5 codebase.
Sencha is a framework that provides a whole assortment of hybrid app development tools including their Animator, Architect, etc. Their enterprise users’ prime product for HTML5 apps is Ext JS 5; later apps can be converted to PhoneGap native. The HTML5 base lets apps be executed across browsers and the hottest touch-based devices alike. Priced at $3,225/year for up to 5 developers and $12,495/year for up to 20 developers, Sencha has enchanted customers like CNN, Samsung and Google.
With a record-breaking $54 million investment, Xamarin has been bringing out tools, evolving and emerging as one of the most prominent frameworks for hybrid app development. Xamarin has had clients like Microsoft, IBM, and Xoriant. It has a free trial and subscriptions start at $83/month.
More than ever before, a developer is tapping away, coding up an application for a client, be it a company or an individual. As of recent, there has been a boom in the app economy and companies need their customers to have full and easy access at their fingertips for their goods and services. It is for enterprises like these that ‘cross-platform’ or ‘hybrid’ application development tools were created.
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