2017 Reviews

Top Cross Platform App Development Tools - 2017 Reviews

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.

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.

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.

Ionic An HTML5 hybrid mobile app framework

  • $20/mo
  • Free version
Made for:

Open-source; drag and drop building

Not for:

Certain UI elements, eg image-based lists

Appzillon A cross-platform development suite for app development and management

  • $1500+/year
  • Custom agreement
Made for:

Flexible setup and design

Not for:

Strong partner-ecosystem collaboration

Qt Creator A cross-platform IDE that creates strong user interfaces and applications

  • $1000+/year
  • Free trial
Made for:

Users looking for an integrated development environment that has a strong focus on user interface development.

Not for:

Users on a strict development budget.

Kalipso Studio Mobile Application Generator

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

Free runtime, RFID/NFC components

Not for:

iOS cross-platform development

Verivo AppStudio A mobile app development software recently acquired by Appery.io

  • $30 - $135/month
  • Free trial
Made for:

Users looking for an app development tool that is secure for hosting their mobile application.

Not for:

Users looking for the simplest and most affordable app development option.

Adobe PhoneGap An open source framework that easily creates apps using web technologies

  • Open source
  • Free version
Made for:

Classic web to mobile functionality

Not for:

More advanced, critical-level performance or UI

Xojo A cross-platform development tool for desktop, web, iOS, and Raspberry Pi

  • $99 - $1,999/year
  • Free trial
Made for:

Users looking for a cross-platform app development tool that is also capable of developing applications for Raspberry Pi, iOS, and web apps.

Not for:

Users looking for a simple, DIY drag and drop app development software, or a tool that will allow them to develop Android apps.

Nevercode A continuous integration app platform

  • $49 - $189/month
  • Free version
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.

Sencha An app platform capable of developing and managing enterprise web apps

  • $2000 - $10,000+/year
  • Free version
Made for:

Enterprises looking for a solution to rapidly design, develop, and manage cross-platform web applications.

Not for:

Users looking for a simple app development solution or an app with close to native functionality.

Meteor Development Group A full-stack platform allowing users to develop apps from a JavaScript code base

  • $495 -$995/month
  • Free version
Made for:

Users familiar with the JavaScript language looking to build mobile and web apps from one code base.

Not for:

Users that do not have much exposure to JavaScript as a development language.

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.

Appsmoment An app maker for building apps and games for all platforms

  • $0 - $29/month
  • Free version
Made for:

Users looking for a cross-platform app builder with an extensive list of available features. 

Not for:

Users needing rapid iterations once their app is published. 

AngularJS Google's open source web application framework that extends traditional HTML

  • Open source
  • Free version
Made for:

Quick UI development, single bulk Model-View updates improves performance

Not for:

Extensive use by novices

Swiftic 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.

Zoho Creator A DIY app development software that integrates many CRM functions

  • $5 - $15 user/month
  • Free trial
Made for:

Users who have a CRM or database that would like to create an application using that data.

Not for:

Non-technically savvy users, this app maker option is a more technical than most.

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

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.