Understanding the Intricacies of Developing Cross-Platform Apps and Solutions

By | May 1, 2015

Have you been pondering over creating an app for your brand? Perhaps, you may first begin looking for some of the most popular ones to get an idea of creating a product that can help you attain a better market standing than your competitors. But, remember that achieving this objective is going to be one bumpy ride!

With new apps being developed at an incessant rate, your search for finding the best won’t seem to end anytime soon. That’s because, you will most likely find yourself lost finding a mobile application with features having little difference compared to other app models. You may even find one or two unique features, but that isn’t really going to help you come up with a winning product.

So, what’s’ the solution?

Regardless of how much considerable amount of time, you’re spending trying to differentiate your app from your competitors, all just boils down to creating enhanced user interfaces. Since more and more users are showing interest in downloading apps with a great visual appeal, many app developers seem to be banking hard on creating rich UI.

But merely emphasizing on building apps with enhanced user interfaces won’t even help you until you build an interface that runs efficiently on different browsers. That’s because, today’s app landscape is fragmented, with a plethora of mobile devices available on the market. And so, it has become really very important to pay heed to build apps that loads successfully on any type of mobile device or platform.

In a nutshell, building cross-platform apps can help give you an upper hand in your venture to building a successful app model. Thankfully, there are lots of tools available online that helps in creating cross-platform mobile apps. Some of them are listed as below:

PhoneGap

Phonegap App

This tool helps in building mobile apps based on web technologies such as HTML, JavaScript and CSS. It’s an open source and free to use framework, ideal to be used for developing enterprise mobile applications based on the wrapper concept. The app is wrapped around the PhoneGap framework, which can be installed as a native app across different mobile device platforms. Using this tool, you can build apps for iPhone, Blackberry, Android, Palm, etc. The best part! The company provides online training sessions to help users develop functional mobile applications.

Appcelerator

Accelerator

Appcelerator helps to develop native cross-platform mobile apps using Titanium development platform. This platform helps boost the application development process, as it helps in creating the app in a flexible way just by writing a few lines of code. The best aspects about this tool is that using it, you can easily make a prototype to scrutinize how user’s interact with the user interface because of its assistance for rapid development. This platform is easy to learn once you get access to the required materials. It uses JavaScript together with its Alloy MVC framework for building the apps.

RhoMobile Suite

RHOMOBILE

RhoMobile Suite helps to build mobile apps quick for multiple consumer-class and enterprise mobile operating systems. It is an integrated framework that uses web technologies such as HTML5, CSS3 and Ruby to name a few to build  native apps for iOS, Android, Windows Mobile, etc. Also popularly known as the enterprise mobility platform, RhoMobile Suite focuses attention on modern development patterns (such as MVC and others), cloud builds and so on. It helps developers relieve from OS design constraints, and helps in developing professional and intuitive business applications.

Sencha Touch

Sencha

Sencha Touch is an HTML5 mobile framework that comes loaded with a built-in MVC system, components and themes ideal to build web apps for all the mobile platforms.  Most importantly, it offers several cross-platform app development tools like Sencha Architect, Sencha Animator, etc. Using the Sencha Touch Bundle, an HTML5 based product suite developers gets access to JS framework, development tools, and other required resources needed for building touch-based mobile apps. In fact, the mobile apps developed using this platform features smooth scrolling and animation effects.

What’s more? The second version of this platform, Sencha Touch 2 comes with better features, including AJAX support, automatic feature detection, support for touch events and gestures and many more.

Wrapping Up!

If you have been thinking about jumping on the mobile application development bandwagon, then keep in mind that it has become more important than ever to create cross platform apps for the new generation mobility platforms. Especially, if you want to create a successful application in line with user expectations, the increase in the demand of Smartphone platforms clearly suggests building a product that runs efficiently on all of those platforms.

In this post, you will learn about the issues you might face when building an app. In addition, you’ll find a list of tools that will prove useful to you, helping you meet your objective on building cross-platform apps.

Juana Steves

Author Bio: Juana Steves is a technical writer associated with Xicom – a reputed Software Development Company. You can also get in touch with her to opt Android Developer for Hire, in case you are looking forward for the same.

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