The mobile application market is soaring registering a 58 percent growth in 2015 in app usage with mobile users spending 117 percent more time with their handsets.
Similar is the dynamic nature of mobile device market too. Each day a new mobile is being launched with new features.
Hence, it is also important for mobile application developers to ensure that their app works on maximum devices. It is not economical to make a different app for each platform used by various mobile devices.
Developers now develop cross platform mobile apps. As per the research conducted, it shows that 60 percent of the enterprises are already using cross platform app technology for their business.
It is estimated that of cross platform app would increase with a compound annual growth rate of about 38 percent thereby reaching $4.8 billion by 2017.
Some of the best cross platform app development tools are mentioned below:
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SAP is one of the oldest players in app development market. However, in spite of its popularity the app developers were reluctant to use this platform as it was known to offer confusing solutions. However, SAP identified this issue and released the latest version 3.0 which aims to simplify things for the users.
The latest tool helps the client to develop cross platform application with a single HTML5 code. Not only did SAP launched this new version but also partnered with Cordova for benefits of the customers. Due to this SAP can leverage about hundreds of SAP Fiori apps on both mobile and desktop.
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As these kits are made and maintained by PhoneGap it reduces the work of the app developers. Users can also share these kits with their team members for some checks and tests. Currently Adobe is working on its enterprise version of PhoneGap which would be monetised at a later stage. However, one can surely take trials for the same with no cost.
Sencha is another popular tool amongst the app developers especially for cross platform app development. The program of Sencha has multiple cross platform app development programs like Sencha Architect, Sencha IDE Plugins and few others. However, in spite of its wide range of tools, Sencha Ext JS 6 is one of the best and popular tools amongst the cross platform app developers.
Sencha allows the developer to develop the code in HTML5 format. Once a code is made or converted to HTML5 format it is very simple and quick to use them to both iOS and Android. One just need to translate the code using another tool like PhoneGap.
Sencha is also known as time saving tool in the mobile app development industry. Currently this platform is priced at about $4,475 per year for up to five developers and about $16,825 per year for 20 developers.
Recently Xamarin has gained popularity amongst the app developers. The tool developer has made a record investment of $54 million investment and is expanding its reach. Last year company introduced Xamarin 2 and soon it became one of the leading solutions in cross platform development.
Recently Xamarin entered into partnership contracts with IBM, Xoriant and Microsoft. The tool allows developers to build iOS, Windows and Android apps using single shared C# codebase. The tool offers native API access, sharing code compatibility, ability to add components and many such features.
It also has backend integration with companies like Parse, SAP and Azure. Xamarin also offers online classes for its customers in order to support them to use the tool. The subscription starts from $83 per month; however, one can avail a free trial for a limited period.
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The tool converts about 60 to 90 percent of the code in an instant thus saving a lot of time for the app developers. The tool also offers virtual private cloud option for its enterprise customers.
This feature is beneficial if you have sensitive company data to be captured. The company has a different kind of pricing policy and would need to contact the company directly for its pricing.
Demand for cross-platform app development tools is certainly going to rise. iFactr, Adobe, Kony, Alpha, 5app, FeedHenry are some more platforms with superb features supporting diverse approaches to app development.