2018 Reviews

Top Cross Platform App Development Tools - 2018 Reviews

Last updated Nov 26, 2017

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4.9
34 reviews
< $25 / hr
$10,000+
4.7
59 reviews
$25 - $49 / hr
$25,000+
5.0
11 reviews
$50 - $99 / hr
$10,000+
  • 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.

  • Apache Cordova

    An app development software that uses HTML, CSS and JavaScript

    • Free version
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • GameSalad

    A mobile app development software with a specific focus on mobile games

    • $19 - $29/month
    • Free trial
    Made for:

    Users looking for an easy way to build mobile and web gaming applications, limited knowledge of coding needed.

    Not for:

    Users looking to build non-gaming mobile or web applications.

  • Snappii

    A code-less app software with a strong support team for required customization

    • $99 - $399/month
    • Free trial
    Made for:

    Users looking for a platform to easily build tablet applications, great for field operations and users requiring additional support for customization.

    Not for:

    Users looking for an app development software tool with a heavy focus on design or pre-made industry templates.

  • 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.

  • Kumulos

    Multi-tenant app agency console; mBaaS, push notifications and API management

    • $50 - $315 per app per month
    • Free 30-day trial
    Made for:

    White label apps, multi-tenant mobile app management

    Not for:

    Standalone app development

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Kii

    An Internet of Things Platform aimed at developing apps for many devices

    • Free trial
    Made for:

    A platform suited for enterprises working to develop apps for the Internet of Things.

    Not for:

    Users simply looking to create apps for mobile iOS or Android devices.

  • Magnet Systems

    A mobile platform that works to create enterprise grade and scalable apps

    • $100 - $800/month
    • Free trial
    Made for:

    Users looking for a mobile platform with a strong focus on mobile messaging.

    Not for:

    Use cases outside the purview of teams or top-down communications

  • JetBrains AppCode

    An integrated development environment for iOS and OS X development

    • $199/year
    • Free trial
  • Corona Labs

    A single code base cross platform development tool

    • $80 - $200/month
    • Free version
    Made for:

    Users with development skill working to build cross-platform applications from a single base of code. Corona has a strong focus on mobile game development.

  • Appear Networks

    An enterprise mobility software great for industries with mobile employees