2017 Reviews

Top App Development Software - 2017 Reviews

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

  • $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.

Nevercode A continuous integration app platform

  • $49 - $189/mo.
  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

Apache Cordova An app development software that uses HTML, CSS and JavaScript

  • Free version

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