In the modern age of technology, smartphones play a major role in making our life easy. Other than everyday use, businesses use innovative mobile apps to increase their sales and to communicate easily with their clients all around the world. However, while smartphone vendors continue to release new devices, mobile application developers have to work on different challenges faced during the course of development; such as Screen sizes, mobile platforms, resolution, mobile OS etc.
To overcome the pressure on developers to provide unique concepts in every new app for as many Operating systems introduced in the market, Cross-Platform mobile development comes to place. Cross-platform refers to a framework for mobile application development that allows developers to code an app only once and run it on multiple mobile platforms. Utilizing the advantages of different tools for cross-platform development, developers can create applications in a better way.
The five best cross-platform mobile app development tools are:
1. Rho Mobile
Formally known as Rhodes framework, RhoMobile is widely used by developers to create native smartphone applications. It is an open source framework based on Ruby and allows mobile application development for different platforms like iPhone, RIM, Symbian, Windows Mobile and Android. Moreover, RhoMobile offers an outstanding hosted development environment called RhoHub, which maintains updated data on the userâs smartphone. This tool gives full control over how applications function in different mobile operating systems.
This is the most preferred cross platform development tool for developing apps for various operating systems like Symbian, Android, Palm, iPad, Blackberry, iTouch and iPhone devices. Based on the latest web development technologies like Java, HTML5, Script, CSS3 and others, PhoneGap makes mobile application development easier for web developers. Throughout the development, programmers can conveniently work on hardware components like accelerometer, camera, GPS, sound etc.
4. Sencha Touch