2019 Reviews

Top App Development Software - 2019 Reviews

Last updated Sep 7, 2018

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  • Appy Pie

    An app maker with extensive drag and drop app creation tools

    • $7 - $33/mo.
    • Free version
    Made for:

    Users without any coding experience, who are looking for a very simple and quick way to create an app.

    Not for:

    Users looking for an app with very specific or native app functions.

  • AppSheet

    No-code platform to turn your existing data into enterprise-grade apps fast

    • $5 - $10 user/month
    • Free version
    Made for:

    Companies seeking to rapidly build powerful business apps with no code from existing data sources (Excel, Google Drive, SQL, Salesforce, etc.)

    Not for:

    Users looking for a native application, Windows app, or highly customized backend solution.

  • Shoutem

    A platform to build, publish, and manage native apps with ease.

    • $19 - $149/month
    • Free trial
    Made for:

    Pairing an easily managed creator with professional custom development to extend functionality and design

    Not for:

    Computer-graphic intensive apps such as video games

  • OutSystems

    Build Enterprise-Grade Apps Fast.

    • Custom
    • Free version
    Made for:

    Enterprise clients in need of an app solution including development and management.

    Not for:

    Small business or any client with a small budget.

  • AppInstitute

    An app builder with strong drag and drop tools and mobile marketing integrations

    • $35 - $150/mo.
    Made for:

    Users looking for an app builder with many industry specific templates, great for users looking for a United Kingdom-based support team.

    Not for:

    Users looking for a tool to provide them with a highly  customized backend database.

  • GoodBarber

    A customization focused app maker with access to many plugins and APIs

    • $16 - $48/mo.
    • Free trial
    Made for:

    Small and medium sized businesses looking for access to their app's source code and multiple plugins for extensive customization.

    Not for:

    Users looking for extensive e-commerce integrations or direct phone support to their European-based support team. 

  • Yapp

    A simple app creator great for larger groups, meetings, or event planning

    • $400 - $1,600/year
    • Free trial
    Made for:

    Users looking for a simple and easy tool to build an app for their social circles, sports teams, conventions, and other organized groups or events.

    Not for:

    Users looking for a mobile app development tool with extensive customization, monetization, or e-commerce integrations.

  • Kalipso Studio

    Mobile Application Generator

    • 83€-150€/mo
    • Free trial
    Made for:

    Free runtime, RFID/NFC components

    Not for:

    iOS cross-platform development

    • $25 - $4,000/user/month
    • Annual contract
    Made for:

    Clients looking for a mature cloud-centric platform that can produce a high-volume of apps that are easily connected to the Salesforce ecosystem.

    Not for:

    Clients who would not use the significant number of features and tools available, or are not interested in being tied to a single vendor, language, and data model.

  • Zoho Creator

    Low-code application development platform for businesses & process efficiencies

    • $15 - $35 user/month
    • Free trial
    Made for:

    Various business functions, Zapier integrations, CRM or database driven apps

    Not for:

    Gaming apps, non-business oriented users

  • Nevercode

    Complete Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery for mobile apps

    • $124 - $699/mo.
    • Build, test and deploy your apps 14 days for free. Cancel at any time.
    Made for:

    Users looking to affordably and frequently make updates to their mobile application.

    Not for:

    Users looking for a DIY app development tool that require little to no daily maintenance.

  • AppYourself

    AppYourself is an app creator that is aimed at optimizing online presence

    • $7 - $55/month
    • Free trial
    Made for:

    Users looking for app creators or app builders that place an emphasis on online and mobile marketing needs.

    Not for:

    Users requiring support in the app store submission process.

  • Kony, Inc.

    A cloud-based enterprise mobility solution and MADP provider

    • $15 - $29/user/month
    • Free trial
    Made for:

    Driving more value from each aspect of an app

    Not for:

    Simplifying the app building process

  • Bizness Apps

    A DIY app development software aimed at SMBs with a powerful CMS

    • Variable
    • Free trial
    Made for:

    Users looking for a DIY app solution with a powerful content management system and secure app/website hosting provider.

    Not for:

    Users looking to build a simple app for more recreational or personal uses.

  • AppMachine

    A tool that allows you to easily make, publish, and distribute your own app

    • $19 - $89/month
    • Free version
    Made for:

    Users with an existing website looking for a reliable entry into mobile.

    Not for:

    Users with heavy API usage or requiring a Windows app.

  • Parse

    A powerful open source app software with access to thirteen native SDKs

    • $100 - $6000+/month
    • Free version
    Made for:

    Users that don't want to manage their app's database. Parse's BAAS allows users to store data, manage users, send push notifications, and track analytics with just a few lines of code; allowing non-technical owners to manage their app.

    Not for:

    Users looking for extensive control of their app's backend. While it is easy and convenient to manage apps on the Parse platform, apps will not be fully customizable.

  • Swiftic

    A DIY app creator with many features focused on customer loyalty

    • $41 - $57/mo.
    • Money back guarantee
    Made for:

    Small to medium-sized businesses in need of a robust loyalty solution or method to drive brand engagement.

    Not for:

    Users looking for a custom or intensive backend database.

  • Mobincube - Mobimento Mobile

    An app creator with the ability to customize and monetize users apps

    • $3 - $99/month
    • Free version
    Made for:

    Users looking for the ability to simply build their own apps. Great for educational purposes.

    Not for:

    Users looking for a US-based support team.

  • GeneXus

    Software development platform for Web, Android and iOS solutions.

    • $299/mo. - $559/mo.
    • Free Trial
    Made for:

    Users looking for enterprise class apps very customizable UI.

    Not for:

    Users looking for a simple or code-free app platform.

  • Alpha Anywhere

    The only unified mobile app dev platform with no-code and low-code environments.

    • $420 - $4995/year
    • Free trial
    Made for:

    Users looking for rapid mobile development using Javascript and BAAS (backend as a service).

    Not for:

    Users looking for a simple or code-free app platform for do-it-yourself app development.

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If you only need a basic app, and you want that app to be native, I think that would call for the do-it-yourself mobile app software out there. Bizness Apps and others are probably suitable. They’re cost effective and a reasonably decent way to go. If you really want to compete, if you’re really focused on downloads and building an app that could generate revenue—for instance through in-app purchases—you want to look at the boutique mobile app agencies or those that are more experienced building enterprise-type mobile apps.
Kris Jones
Founder, Appek Mobile Apps
"One of the best things about native development compared to other platforms is most apparent when a new upgrade or operating system is released; with native development we are able to receive support immediately. With cross-platform development, users must wait until the cross-platform software is updated for the native upgrades."
Nilay Dhamsania
Director of Global Alliances, Viteb
"It is important to understand the difference between developing an application using Apple's native tools vs. using a third party. In our opinion, third party tools such as PhoneGap, Sencha, and Xamarin are useful for creating prototypes, but the apps they produce are not ready for prime time."
Randall Cross
CEO, Ethervision