Top 4 Tools for Building Cross-Platform Mobile Apps

With the huge growth of smartphones, users have become even smarter. They are preferring cross-platform apps that could work across several devices and platforms. So it is important for the app developers to create apps that supports numerous mobile platforms and devices.

There are many tools available in the market, that make cross-platform app development and porting an easy task. Let us take a look at some of these amazing tools.


This one is the most preferred tool when it comes to cross platform mobile app development. It supports nearly every mobile operating system including iOS, Android, BlackBerry, WebOS, Windows and Palm. This tool is built on HTML, JavaScript and CSS. Apps developed by it offer features like GPS, accelerometer, camera, sound and many others.

It also offers a cross platform simulator that enables the developer to test apps. It is also equipped with various online training sessions to help the app developers to get easy access to native APIs.


This tool is equipped with Rhodes, an open source framework based on Ruby. Rhodes enable the developers to create impressive apps which are compatible with Android, Windows, Symbian, iOS, RIM and many other mobile platforms. Apps developed with this tool support features like GPS and camera.

The Rhodes framework enables the developer to write the code just once,and use it rapidly to develop applications for various different mobile platforms. RhoHub and RhoSync are two other features of the tool that enable developing environment and keeping data updated respectively on the mobile. It also features RhoConnect, which enables data synchronization and easy integration of devices with enterprise apps.


It allows the developer to build apps for iOS and Android in a short time span with the help of its easy to use IDE (integrated development environment). Also, there is a built-in player that enables quick testing of the apps on the computer while the development process is on.

The apps can be tested across the screens of different resolutions and screen sizes. The player software can be installed on your iOS or Android device, so that you can build your app in it without any wire. Furthermore the Box2D physics engine is already installed on this tool to help the game developers.


This one is a software development kit that supports mobile platforms like Android, Blackberry, iOS, Mobilin, Symbian and Windows. It come with many integrated compilers, libraries, runtimes and device profiles based on common programming standards. It uses web languages like JavaScript, Ruby, PHP, Python and others in the application development process.

All these tools are very helpful for developing great cross-platform mobile apps in a very quick and convenient way. Many other options are also available in the market for this purpose. You can check the others as well.

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