2017 Reviews

Top App Development Software - 2017 Reviews

Appy Pie An app maker with extensive drag and drop app creation tools

  • $7 - $33/month
  • 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.

MobileRoadie Robust, Feature Rich, Extensive Client Interaction Software

  • $49+ /mo.
  • One year contract
Made for:

Enterprise support, custom capabilities, and loyalty-focused marketers. 

Not for:

Budget users, personal apps, or fastest route to market.

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

  • $29 - $59/month
  • 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.

Shoutem Powerful app creator, no coding required, user-friendly interface

  • $20 - $120/month
  • Free trial
Made for:

SMBs and users looking to include locational services within their app to increase customer loyalty.

Not for:

Users who need a custom application with very specific requirements.

Como A DIY app creator with many features focused on customer loyalty

  • $41 - $57/month
  • 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.

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.

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.

MagPlus Designd A mobile app creation software with features great for publication organizations

  • $499 - $2999/month
  • One time fee option
Made for:

Users looking for a mobile application development tool that are familiar with Adobe InDesign or are looking to build an app from a publication.

Not for:

Users unfamiliar with Adobe InDesign or users looking for the most customizable app development solution.

Alpha Anywhere An app development software capable of creating mobile apps offline

  • $1499 - $2499/year
  • One year contract
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.

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

  • $8 - $47/month
  • Free version
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.

Appsmakerstore A DIY app maker with a strong support team for any desired customizations

  • $41 - $49/month
  • One month contract
Made for:

A DIY solution for the users looking for in depth but pre-defined and industry specific templates.

Not for:

Users needing an intensive or custom backend framework.

Apple Xcode The native integrated development environment for building Apple apps

  • $99/year
  • Free version
Made for:

Users looking for the correct app platform or integrated development environment to build a truly native Apple application.

Not for:

Users looking to build an app for any other platform outside of Apple.

Apptive (Unbound Commerce) A DIY app platform with a focus on e-commerce integrations

  • $99 - $249/month
  • One month contract
Made for:

Retailers or brands looking for a DIY app software to solve their mobile commerce needs.

Not for:

Users looking for an app solution outside of e-commerce or m-commerce.

Unity Technologies A cross-platform gaming app development tool

  • $75/month
  • Free version
Made for:

Users looking to build games across platforms with extensive features and vibrant graphics.

Not for:

Users looking to build simple gaming applications.

AppSheet A mobile app development software that turns Google Docs into apps

  • $1 - $5 user/month
  • Free version
Made for:

Users familiar with Google Docs,  Microsoft Excel, and other spreadsheet tools interested in easily creating a mobile application.

Not for:

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

Kinvey A fully managed BaaS app development platform that is secure and scalable

  • $24,000 - $60,000 app/year
  • Free version
Made for:

Cross-development platform for iOS and Android. Kinvey's BaaS (backend as a service) reduces database management time

Not for:

Users who want an app with a customizable backend that gives them the full functionality of a native app.

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

  • $16 - $48/month
  • 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

Telerik An app platform with cloud integrations aimed at enterprise clients

  • $39/user/month
  • Free trial
Made for:

Software testing, Microsoft stack, report server

Not for:

Non-technical DIYers

Expert Interviews

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