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BlogThursday April 22nd, 2021

10 Tools Essential for Mobile app development

The rapid growth of technology had businesses start to realize the importance of building their online presence. Especially with the increasing penetration of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, the need for mobile application development is getting bigger.

Businesses also start to think of the importance of providing easy access to information to their customers. Access to information, especially mobile access, will help businesses in selling products and services faster. Therefore, mobile app development is necessary.

However, how do we carry out the mobile app development project, and where to start from? To do it alone is a lot of work, especially if your company doesn’t have a sufficient in-house IT team to do a mobile app development project. But don’t worry, you can always seek help from trusted and professional IT consultants who are experienced in carrying out a mobile app development project

Or if you have an in-house IT team and feel capable of carrying out a mobile app development project, it’s a good idea to first know the tools that can drive the mobile app development project faster.

Tools Essential for Mobile app development Project

In general, there are two types of tools to support the success of a mobile app development project, native mobile development tools and cross-platform mobile development tools.

Native mobile development tools refer to the tools to help you easily create high-quality mobile applications. Native tools are only specific to certain platforms, for example, Android only, or iOS only.

Cross-platform mobile development tools are in contrast to native tools, these tools make it easier for programmers to create mobile apps that can run on various different platforms with one-time coding. It gives a big benefit as it can cut the process in half and save cost. However, the quality may be questioned.

Below we have breakdown the 10 tools that essential for mobile app development, both native tools, and cross-platform tools:


(1) Android Studio


Android Studio is in the native mobile development tools. Android Studio created by Google and are intended for Android developers. Android Studio provides shortcuts for coding and design. In addition, the layout is also very easy to use, which cuts the coding time Android studio also features a drag and drop function for easy layout.



(2) Xcode


Xcode is a native tool that is specifically used to assist iOS developers in creating applications for Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Apple Watch. Xcode makes the programming more alive with Live rendering in Interface Builder that can display UI coding instantly.


(3) AppCode


AppCode is a great native tool specifically designed for mobile app iOS/macOS development. They support coding Swift, Objective-C, and C / C ++, as well as JavaScript, HTML, XML, CSS, and many others. AppCode can help developers save time by automating routine tasks, checking and fixing errors, and increasing overall productivity.



(4) React Native


React Native is a great JavaScript-based cross-platform tool. React Native is developed by Facebook Community and has helped many mobile developers to build similar applications natively using a single codebase.

React Native allows mobile developers to build cross-platform mobile applications that look and feel like native applications, even though they are single-coded using React and JavaScript.



(5) Appcelerator


Appcelerator is a JavaScript-based cross-platform tool. The code written can run across platforms, thus shortening the time needed. In addition, the tool provides real-time mobile analytics to help measure user engagement. 



(6) Xamarin


Xamarin helps designers and developers build native iOS, Android, and Windows applications through a single .NET codebase. Xamarin uses Visual Studio to build native mobile applications. Xamarin offers features such as code editing, refactoring, debugging, testing, and cloud publishing.



(7) Ionic


Ionic is also a cross-platform tool that is easy to use and easy to learn which allows developers to create prototypes quickly via the CLI. Apart from that, Ionic can also be integrated with Angular.

Ionic can help mobile developers to create hybrid applications that can run across platforms, including creating Progressive Web Apps with ease. The Ionic framework is free and open-source which can be used to create mobile applications for iOS, Android, and web apps from a single codebase.



(8) Flutter


Flutter is a great hybrid tool that is currently well known in the world of mobile development. Flutter is free, open-source, and supported by Google through the Dart programming language. Flutter makes it easy for mobile developers to create hybrid mobile applications for both iOS and Android with a user-friendly language structure.



(9) NativeScript


NativeScript allows mobile developers to create mobile applications that can run across android and iOS platforms with a single codebase (JavaScript and CSS). NativeScript is an open-source tool that can help developers to build native applications using other frameworks such as Vue.js or Angularjs.



(10) Adobe Phonegap


Adobe Phonegap allows mobile developers to perform single coding in making mobile applications that can run across platforms. Mobile developers who are familiar with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Web APIs can use the Adobe Phonegap for free because it is an open-source tool

Adobe Phonegap is basically a collection of HTML pages wrapped in a native app shell, which is then pushed to the native platform via native APIs. Developers create HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files just like when creating websites. The files are stored in the local directory or in the cloud. When it runs on the device, it accesses features via plugins. In this way, Adobe Phonegap becomes a tool that is light and very reusable. However, the quality of the UI will depend heavily on the web view engine of the operating system that renders it.



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