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10 Leading Cross-platform app dev tools you must try
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The growing surge of smartphones and smart tablets had lead into a rapid growth in the demand of applications that look scintillating and operate in accordance to the user's expectations.
 
A timely investment in cross-platform mobile app development  has allowed entrepreneurs to reach out to a wider group of targeted audience. If you too are interested in developing a mobile app that can run on multiple platforms, then this is a post just for you.
 
Here, I've offered details about ten finest cross-platform app development tools that can serve handy during creation of mobile apps that need to cater to varied audiences. So, let's get to learn more about these high-end tools. 

1. Appcelerator

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Standing proudly as one of the favorites of app developers, Appcelerator allows you to develop native applications for mobile, tablet and desktop.

Using the conventional web development languages like PHP, JavaScript, HTML and Ruby, Appcelerator Titanium Development Platform offers you an access to a whopping 300+ social and other location-based APIs.

Loved by developers and trusted by enterprises, Appcelerator comes with special offerings like fully customizable metrics for actions and events. 

2. PhoneGap

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As one of the most renowned cross-platform app development tools, PhoneGap is now owned by Adobe and is based on open source Apache Cordova project.

With PhoneGap, you can conveniently write applications for a single time in HTML, CSS and JavaScript, followed by deploying them across multiple mobile devices. A cloud-based app development tool, PhoneGap eliminates the need for using any compilers, SDKs and other hardware. 

3. Alpha Anywhere

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As one of the most recommended enterprise-focused solutions for building cross-platform mobile apps, Alpha Anywhere uses HTML5 and JavaScript. If you're looking for developing an offline-capable mobile business app, then Alpha Anywhere is for you. You can develop, prototype and deploy secure web and mobile apps with a native user experience on any mobile device via a single code base.

Starting at a marginal price of $1,999 for a one year contract, as an entreoreneur you can go ahead with purchasing a one month trial version at just $199. With Alpha Anywehere, you receive the look, feel and performance of native applications that can be run on virtually any smartphone, laptop, tablet or desktop.

4. Xamarin

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Xamarin serves as an incredible tool for developing mobile apps in C#. It is interesting to nore that apps built using Xamaron are native i.e. their user interfaces look and feel like the traditional native applications.

Rendering a good support for major mobile platforms like iOS, Android and Windows Phone, Xamarin comes with a test cloud which can be used for testing your apps on 1000+ devices. Plus, you can even opt for analyzing your app via looking at the full-frame screenshots and the video playback pertaining to each single step of the app testing process. 

5. MoSync

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Regarded as one of the most advanced tools for cross-platform mobile app development, MoSync has a standard development kit which includes libraries comprising of popular technologies useful for developing mobile apps. Popular programming langiages supported by MoSync include JavaScript, Ruby, C/C++, Phython, Java and PHP.

As a yet another FOSS cross-platform mobile application development SDK, MoSync SDK Include libraries, runtimes, tools, tightly integrated compilers and other utilities. There is also an Ec;ipse based IDE specially designed for C/C++ programming. 

6. WidgetPad

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As a completely collaborative, open-source mobile development environment; WidgetPad includes some stunning features like source code editing, collaboration, debugging, versioning and distribution.

It can be efficiently used or creating apps for popular operating systems like iOS, Android and WebOS. Currently available in its private beta version, WidgetPad creators can be reached for a quick and easy access.

7. Whoop 

Best suited for both, developers and non-developers, Whoop continues to remain one of the best tools for cross-platform mobile app development. Equipped with a WYSYWIG interface, Whoop allows developers to tweak the code and drop app elements without creating a fuss.

Compatible with Symbian BlackBerry, Windows Mobile. Android, iPhone and other popular mobile operating systems; Whoop is a must try for every developer. 

8. SAP  

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Having serves as a long-time player in the field of mobile app development, SAP has been embraced by app developers all over the world.

After releasing the version 3.0 of the SAP Mobile Platform, developers have found innovative ways of building cross-platform enterprise apps using a single HTML5 codebase. 

9. RhoMobile

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As an integrated app development framework based on Ruby, RhoMobile can be efficiently used for building apps that can work on multiple mobile platforms. You can use RhoMobile for creating native apps that need to run on Android, iOS, Windows Mobile and RIM.

Combined with RhoHub-a cloud code hosting environment; RhoMobile makes mobile app development simple and a lot more practical. 

10. Ifactr

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Dedicated to enterprises looking for creation of cross-platform apps, iFactr comes with a low learning curve, thereby allowing you to gather the develop cross-platform mobile applications.

Ifactr has unique robust prototyping features which can be leveraged for creating prototypes that can be further tested by the employees of a business organization. Ifactr uses Xamarin for compiling native apps on Android and iOS mobile operating systems. 

Wrapping Up

The growing demand for cross-platform mobile apps won't cease to exist. Hence, if you're a developer, then creation of apps that runs on multiple mobile platforms is something that you need to look into well for gaining a global recognition as one of the most proficient app developers in the world. 

About the Author:

I am Amanda Cline working as a Developer with Xicom Technologies Ltd.- iphone app development company . Apart from this I've gathered an excellent amount of expertise as an IT support personal, blogger, computer programmer, App developer, a mentor and a trainer. 
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