Cross-platform mobile development is a method of writing a distinct codebase for mobile apps that will be used sooner or later on varied operating systems. The chief mobile operating systems, like iOS and Android, vary structurally in their architecture. Google and Apple emphasize on writing codes in a challenging way, making it more complex for the programmers to write a remarkable codebase that will be proficient on both the platforms. Thus, developers are required to duplicate code and keep modifying it in order to work for both the required platforms. The demand for cross-platform mobile development is continuously increasing in the market due to the following reasons:

  • To develop a single app on multiple platforms without modifying the code for each native in the best possible way.
  • To develop various mobile apps without revising continuously.
  • To control the versions of the apps, keeping track of the implicit semantics and the purpose of each app.

All developers can use the following cross-browser tools to create varied flexible apps that stand up the compatibility test:

  • MoSync

It is one of the highly developed tools for developing a cross-platform app. The SDK (Standard Development Kit) includes runtimes, tightly integrated compilers, tools, device profiles, libraries, utilities and other common technologies to shape the future of the web. MoSync largely features an eclipse-like IDE for programming in C/C++. It supports various programming languages, such as Java, Ruby, C/C++, PHP, JavaScript and Python.

The finest thing about it is that its framework provides support to a large number of operating systems, which includes Windows Mobile, iOS, Symbian, Android, iPad platforms, and Linux Mobile, effortlessly.

  • Whoop

It is a controversial platform that is suitable even for those, who are not mobile developers. It proves out to be the best way for beginners and for those, who are looking for beta versions of their projects. On the other hand, Whoop is really a basic tool and does not include various requirements for the most recent features on hardware, albeit, being extremely simple to use. It has a WYSYWIG interface that permit mobile developers to drop app essentials and modify the code from the task bar. It generally works fine with Symbian, iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, and various other mobile operating systems. It is usually free of cost with available paid gateway packages.

  • Appcelerator

Being a fan favorite tool, Appcelerator makes use of web technology to permit cross-platform compatibility among different platforms. The native mobile, desktop and tablet apps are derived from typical web development technologies, such as CSS3, HTML5, Ruby, JavaScript, Python and PHP, and render on the mobile by using browsers. This platform is the most efficient one, and gives its users an access to more than 300 social and other API’s.

  • Widgetpad

It is a collaborative mobile development platform that can be used for creating enormous smartphone apps using standard software development languages, such as HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript. This platform includes source code editing, versioning and distribution collaboration, debugging, and project management. It may be used to make apps for iOS, WebOS and Android operating systems. Presently, it is being developed in its beta stage but on release, it guarantees a slight slimmer packaging of key features required for the vital fundamentals of mobile phone apps. Sadly, it lacks access to a number of advanced hardware features in it, such as the latest Android-centered GPS chips. Nevertheless, it is the best way for those looking for lightweight solutions.

  • RhoMobile

It offers Rhodes, an integrated framework based on Ruby that is used for developing native apps that work on multiple smartphone devices and operating systems. It covers Android, Symbian, iOS, and Windows Mobile, RIM OSs. The RhoMobile framework lets the mobile developers to code once and utilizes it to quickly develop varied mobile apps. In addition to Rhodes, it also offers RhoHub and RhoSync. RhoHub is a hosted development environment, while RhoSync is a standalone server that continues to keep app data current on the mobile owner’s devices. Both of them make the development of mobile app trouble-free and more realistic.

  • PhoneGap

This is an award-winning development platform proved out to be a winning pitch at Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco’s 2009 Launch Pad event. It is proficient in developing apps for Symbian, Android, iPads, iPhone, iTouch, Palm, and BlackBerry devices by using various web development platform languages, like CSS3, HTML, and JavaScript. It lets easy access to advanced hardware components, such as accelerometer, sound GPS tracker, camera, and much more.

  • Xmarin

It is a C#-based platform where the developers generally write code for iOS and Android applications and compile it differently during its use. It is more advanced and permits its users to identify native API’s in the resultant application. Before the compilation process, code on a .NET framework is executed during runtime, giving a native dialect of either Android or iOS. For working in large teams and on the same project, Xmarin is comparatively more flexible and easy to adapt.

In today’s world, the apps developed by using cross-platform are in massive demand. For government organizations, banks, convenience stores, silicon start-ups and the rest, mobile apps authorize a solid access. This has resulted in the growing demand for varied mobile development services across the world.

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