2017 Reviews

Top Mobile Development Platforms - 2017 Reviews

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 and medium sized business or any client with a small budget.

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

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.

  • $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.

Xamarin (Microsoft) An app development software for users with knowledge of C#

  • $25 - $158/month
  • Free version
Made for:

Developers with a lot of overlap in the code they write for iOS and Android apps. As a cross-development platform, Xamarin allows users to develop and maintain iOS and Android apps using C#.

Not for:

Users building complex apps that need to employ the level of functionality that native platforms (Xcode and Android Studio) allow for.

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.

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

Appcelerator (Axway) A JavaScript based cross-platform app development suite

  • $39 - $259/user/month
  • Free trial
Made for:

Users or agencies with experience in JavaScript development that are working to quickly and effectively provide native-like functions to the end client.

Not for:

Users looking to provide a true native app.

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

July MX Platform A mobile app development platform for large organizations

  • $625 - $5400/Month
  • Usage-based pricing
Made for:

Enterprises and larger businesses with a need to quickly develop iterate their mobile applications without writing code.

Not for:

Users looking for a platform that will allow them to write code for a customized user experiences.

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.

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.

Pega 7 An enterprise app solution with key mobile, cloud, and BPM integrations

  • $2,000/mo and up
  • Free trial
Made for:

Business process and case management, making code/process changes quickly

Not for:

Simple static apps, strong versioning controls, constrained budgets

Android Studio Google's native IDE for developing Android apps

  • Free version
Made for:

Users interested in developing native apps for any Android platform.

Not for:

Users looking for a cross-platform development tool.

Usablenet A mobile enterprise solution and platform with a focus on agility and scale

  • $1,000/mo and up
  • Free trial
Made for:

Conformance to usability standards and best practices

Not for:

Cutting edge development integrations

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

DSI An enterprise solution comprised of a suite of development products

  • $1,000/mo and up
  • Free trial
Made for:

Supply chain management including non-technical business users

Not for:

Marketing or B2C communications

Spring Global A mobile solution provider for enterprises in the CPG industry

  • $2,000/mo and up
  • None
Made for:

A mobile enterprise solution provider with a focus on solutions for the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry.

Not for:

Direct to consumer marketing

Red Hat Mobile Application Platform A mobile app platform for enterprises turning to mobile first

  • $49 - $8,500/yr
  • Free Version
Made for:

Mobile first innovation, iterative development

Not for:

Non-Linux users, proprietary software proponents