2018 Reviews

Top App Development Software - 2018 Reviews

Last updated Aug 24, 2017

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$25 - $49 / hr
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$50 - $99 / hr
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  • 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.

  • 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

    Low-code application development platform for businesses & process efficiencies

    • $15 - $35 user/month
    • Free trial
    Made for:

    Various business functions, Zapier integrations, CRM or database driven apps

    Not for:

    Gaming apps, non-business oriented users

  • 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.

  • Nevercode

    Complete Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery for mobile apps

    • $124 - $699/mo.
    • Build, test and deploy your apps 14 days for free. Cancel at any time.
    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.

  • 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.

  • V-Play Cross Platform SDK

    V-Play is a cross-platform development SDK

    • $49 - $239/mo
    • Free version
    Made for:

    Developers looking for a Java friendly platform for developing games and apps.

    Not for:

    Developers looking to build apps with a great degree of backend customizations. 

  • 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
  • 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

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