With the tremendous growth of mobile market, need for multi-platform app development has grown too. In order to thrive in the market, it has become a must for brands and businesses to have apps on every major mobile OS. Native app development for all platforms would be expensive. Fortunately, businesses have the options of multi-platform app development. Not only it reduces overall development cost, but it also helps brands to have a greater reach to their target audiences.
Apart from businesses, multi-platform mobile application development is beneficial for developers too as the code is reusable, which saves the extra efforts needed for development and deployment of native apps. There are plenty of cross-platform frameworks that are designed to make maximum use of native APIs. But, the following five are considered to be the best tools for multi-platform app development.
# RhoMobile Suite
Comprising of a suite of tools, this open source framework owned by Motorola Solutions is developer centered and enterprise focused. Besides iOS and Android, it supports almost all other mobile OS present in the market. It enables developers to build class enterprise applications in minimum possible time. What makes RhoMobile more suitable for enterprises is RhoConnect.
RhoConnect is a server application that can be hosted on the user’s system. It acts as a bridge and allows users to manage data both on the backend and on their mobile devices. Users can connect an app to many data sources including ERP, CRM, web services, etc. Presence of such useful tools in RhoMobile makes it possible for developers to code apps with ease and accuracy.
# Appcelerator Titanium
Stats from studies reveal that as of June 2013, native app stores already contain more than 55000 applications built on Appcelerator Titanium. This figure states the popularity of this framework. Run by Appcelerator Inc., Titanium serves as a robust cross-platform framework specifically because of its rich feature-set. It supports standard-based web technologies along with PHP and Ruby, which aids in desktop app development. Further, its support for UI of tablets like iPad makes it suitable for medium and large-sized businesses.
# Sencha Touch
With themes for every major mobile OS and more than fifty built-in components, Sencha Touch provides developers with every necessary tool required to build a robust mobile web app. USP of this framework is its GUI-based controls that allow developers to optimize applications for touch inputs like double tap, swipe and pinch. This framework works best for ecommerce sites as such sites require maximum interaction with users via touch inputs like enlarging photos, scrolling for reading details or swiping to navigate between products.
# Summing Up
As the number of mobile users is increasing each day and mobile platforms are getting diverse, it is getting harder for businesses to stick to one particular platform. In addition, presence of multiple cross-platform frameworks complicates the situation. In this scenario, defining clear objectives would help businesses to choose the most suitable cross-platform framework for their projects.
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