November 19, 2013
App development comes in three flavors: native, mobile and hybrid.
Native apps are made for a specific platform using that platform’s SDK. Mobile apps, on the other hand, are made on the server side with coding like Java or PHP translating HTML into a form that looks good on a mobile device.
These hybrid apps are a good choice if you want to create an app that functions on multiple platforms. This could be prudent since the market share of Smartphones is heavily divided between Apple and Android, and there is also Windows Phone competing for a slice of the pie now.
The one caveat with hybrid apps is that they may not have all the functionality of a native app, or the same look. However, thanks to HTML 5, hybrid apps are becoming more popular. There are tools out there that allow you to build hybrid apps for multiple platforms all at once, so it might be one of the best ways to get more exposure to your business through technology.
If you want to build a hybrid app, there are a handful of development platforms out there that can make it easy.
Here are four good ones for your consideration:
This is the first cloud-based app development platform, and it comes with features that make app development possible even if you’ve never done it before. With its tools you can build apps with HTML5, Query Mobile, and Hybrid mobile for Android, iPhone and Windows Phone. Being cloud-based means there is nothing to download and install. Appary.io has a WYSIWYG style interface where the users can drag and drop UI elements and link them together. You can also use and test and REST API with the platform.
This platform features an extensive widget library and a drag-and-drop style interface that makes it a breeze for anyone to create an app. You can switch between platforms and create multiple apps, no problem. If you get stuck, there are many online tutorials to help you out. The App Builder released its paid premium plan last month. With it, you’ll be able to build an app once with The App Builder, and publish it across multiple platforms.
When you get a new idea for an app, the first thing to do is envision what it will look like. This might involve whipping out a pencil and cocktail napkin for a quick sketch, but with Codiqua you can quickly do a mockup. This prototyping app development tool can be very powerful. It allows users to easily access tools and add widgets and functions to their creations. This includes things like fields, list views, placeholder maps, and buttons. Components also include various parameters that can be modified.
This is an IDE development platform released by Telerik and, within its first week, garnered 10,000 downloads from developers. It has received rave reviews so far, and it’s no wonder why. It is quite nice to use. Icenium allows you to build apps for multiple platforms on the cloud, so you can do it anywhere, and you can publish to Google Play and the Apple App store all without ever leaving the program. It is backed with Apache Cordova (Phonegap) and comes with jQuery and Kendo UI frameworks ready to roll. With Icenium, you just code once and build an app for multiple platforms. Pretty sweet.
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