Creating an app that can run across multiple platforms can be quite troublesome considering that you need to find common ground for different platforms that have distinct features and capabilities. But multi-platform apps are generally very popular because you don’t have to exhaust your resources developing for one platform at a time.
Fortunately, there are some useful cross-platform developer tools that can help you realize your goals without much hassle. Some of the top ones include:
- Apache Cordova
- Appcelerator Titanium
- Sencha Touch
Besides the ability to package native apps and to form highly attractive orientation layouts, Sencha Touch also offers support for Cordova APIs (compass, contacts, camera, accelerometer, etc.) and HTML5 device APIs, allowing for the incorporation of many native device APIs.
This mobile app framework is used to create application software primarily using C++ with signal and slot extensions, which makes it possible to develop app software for different platforms with minimal or no tweaks in the underlying code base. Developers can choose to create application software with or without GUI interfaces, like mobile apps or command line tools.
- Codename One
This multi-device platform offers fast mobile app development, simple usability, and deep integration with the native platform, giving users the same speedy access as native apps. The tool requires developers to create Java-based apps that are then tested and verified using the inbuilt simulator devices.
There are many other cross-platform mobile app development tools out there, each with its own set of pros and cons. Developers usually master just one or two tools to maximize on their capabilities.