2019 Reviews

Top App Development Software - 2019 Reviews

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • MobileRoadie

    A robust app development platform to build solutions of any scale

    • Available upon request
    Made for:

    Small & medium-sized companies looking for an app platform with a powerful CMS to create iOS and Android native apps, leveraging extensive engagement tools (geofencing, pop-up promos, push notifications, polls, mailing list)

    Not for:

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

  • 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.

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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