Top Mobile app development tools that work across multiple platforms
Not so long back, using apps between different mobile operating systems was nothing less than an ordeal. Cross platform compatibility of smartphone apps was at its infancy even a few years back. The major mobile OSs like Android and Apple iOS for example, are made of different programming languages and their development environments are also drastically different. This fact, coupled with fragmentation of OS variants and diverse screen resolutions of Android based devices made using apps across platforms a tedious process.
However, in last couple of years things have changed for better and developers can now use a number of cross platform Smartphone app development tools. No matter what platform vendors proclaim, when it comes to difference between various Smartphone OS platforms, two aspects matter – apps and UI. The latter gains more importance because user experience begins with it. Below listed are a few popular mobile application development tools that can be used across major platforms.
Corona SDK- Based on a scripting language named Lua, Corona SDK is quite user friendly. Learning to use it is quite simple. It allows users to make an app in text editor and thereafter run it in integrated Android simulator. Game developers can benefit from its Box2D physics library. You will have to upload your project to corona’s server in order to get final usable app, which is a bit unusual compared to other app development tools. While a trial version of this tool can be availed, if you want to publish your app to either Android marketplace or App Store, a licensing fee of $199/year has to be paid.
Gideros- This is another mobile app development tool with support for iOS and Android. It comes with a player which enables testing apps in computer at varying resolutions. Its user friendly interface and IDE makes the tool suitable for developers. You can also install the tool in your Android or Apple device and this will help you modify an app and test it whenever you want. Owing to its Box2D physics engine implementation, it can be used to create games as well. The free version of Gideros shows splash screen and if you pay the incensing fee of $149 a year that gets removed.
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