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Best App development software - May 2019. List of 26 products

Appy Pie
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Appy Pie is a company from India, an app development software that allows to build mobile-friendly versions of websites for free. That’s why it is quite popular, and pro-plans for native apps start at just $15 per month. They offer a plenty of industry-specific ready templates, for example, dating apps, church apps, restaurant apps, SMB apps. And they made the process clear and understandable for everyone: choose design, add features, publish. Really user-friendly! Check out a step-by-step guide on how to build an app in Appy Pie.

Pros:

  • Easy to use (you can make an app on the site)
  • 30-Day refund guarantee
  • Free, high-functioning version

Cons:

  • Intended for the beginners only (no advanced settings for professional users)
  • Closed development code
  • No Web development

Allansmith.seo

Appy Pie is THE BEST App Builder view all

Have an app idea but can’t code? Now, make an app without having to write a single line of code. Use Appy Pie’s easy to use, drag-and-drop app making platform. Get everything you need to make your unique mobile app. This mobile app making platform lets you create and publish your own app in minutes. Turn your app idea into reality, Make an app now!

Anyone can create powerful, professional,

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Appy Pie is THE BEST App Builder view all
Allansmith.seo , 37 days ago
Kalipso Studio
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  • One-time License
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Kalipso Studio is a mobile application generator that enables users to program their own apps without having to deal with complex coding. The platform has a special focus on creating apps designed for mobile activity. It can be deployed to five main operative systems: Windows Mobile, Windows CE, Windows 10, Android, and iOS. The V4.1 of Kalipso now allows iOS deployment too.Kalipso Studio enables users to design and create professional apps for the major operating systems and devices without having to purchase extra software or licenses. With it, creating apps becomes easier and faster, which means deployment and implementation is immediate. No coding required, which equates to faster development and increased ROI.  

Pros:

  • Diverse functionality
  • Free trial period
  • Database Integration

Cons:

  • Only English version
  • No Windows mobile and web templates support
  • Interface

Albertopicas

Great software for professional apps. I recommend it if you already have some knowledge in SQL. view all

Kalipso Studio is a mobile application generator that enables users to program their own apps without having to deal with complex coding. The platform has a special focus on creating apps designed for mobile activity. It can be deployed to five main operative systems: Windows Mobile, Windows CE, Windows 10, Android, and iOS.

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Great software for professional apps. I recommend it if you already have some knowledge in SQL. view all
Albertopicas , 102 days ago
appery
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A mobile app maker capable of producing native apps (Android, iOS, Windows Phone), responsive web apps and hybrid apps (across all devices). Good news is that you don’t have to install anything, and you can start right away, using a visual editor. Drag-n-drop options all the way through, which is especially nice for non-coders and non-designers. Just choose the components, or available app templates, and assemble your user interface.

Many additional functions for advanced development are also at hand. From back-end services like cloud database, push notifications, REST APIs, etc., multiple plugins for media, mailing, socials, to latest iOS11 support and technologies like jQuery, Angular.js, Bootstrap integrated. Free trial is active for 14 days.

Pros:

  • Cross-platform
  • Suitable for both, beginners and professionals
  • Free code

Cons:

  • Unclear pricing system
  • No guarantee for the refund
  • Nо web development

Dimusik

Great mobile platform for building and running mobile apps. view all

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Great mobile platform for building and running mobile apps. view all
Dimusik , 62 days ago
AppsBuilder
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You do not need to have programming skills to create apps with AppsBuilder. All what you need is just a good idea, everything else can be realized with using tons of program features. A variety of templates developed by skilled UX specialists, allows you to save time for interface implementation. Also you can instantly sync all versions of your builds so that they are always optimized and only show up-to-date versions. AppsBuilders it is a high quality program that is ideal for beginners and advanced users, because it has wide potential with very user-friendly interface.

Pros:

  • Pricing policy
  • Design and ease of use
  • Great functionality
  • The application has Cloud based. The dashboard to build apps can be used from Chrome, Safari and Firefox.

Cons:

  • Trial version in 14 days (Usually this period lasts 30)
  • Don't support Windows Apps, only Apple and Android.
  • The web site is available in english only.

AppsBuilder is a do it yourself platform for mobile applications development. No coding skills are needed! Trough a single building process users can create an app for iOS (iPad, iPhone), Android (Tablets & Phones). Last but not least, your app will be available for the Chrome Web Store and with a Mobile Site Html5 version.

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Andromo
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Andromodo has all the treats and goods to become one of the leading companies in app development software soon. Envisioning the bright future for mobile apps, it is constantly improving and reacting to customer feedback. With Andromodo not only you will make an app from scratch, but will profit from it commission-free. Functionality is very extensive, basically all from audioplayer to maps, plus the support of 24 languages to localize the app for any region if needed. One of the benefits also lies in pricing policy - affordable price range and frequent discounts to save the budget.

Pros:

  • Low price
  • 24 languages support
  • Very easy to use, great for beginners

Cons:

  • Limited themes and design options
  • Limited Functionality (Drag & Drop Concepts)
  • Android only
"Our vision is to develop the strongest and most reliable no-coding App builder on market and provide our users with free updates and ongoing new feature releases regularly, to help everyone turn their dreams of owning an app into reality in most convenient and easy way. Our vision is to become a leader in no-coding mobile app development.

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Appsmoment
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For people looking for a cross-platform app development software, good both for mobile apps and games, Appsmoment has a lot to offer. Visually pleasing templates for specific fields like sports, restaurants, business, events, music, games, etc., to create powerful PWAs, native apps for Windows, Kindle, Android and iOS. In addition, there are over 100 special game templates. In-app HTML code is available to edit, so if you have a developer team, you can customize your preset app however you like, or copy the code to your site to make it more mobile-friendly.    

Pros:

  • Free version
  • An option for creating apps, as well as different games
  • Сross-platform

Cons:

  • Imperfect integration (OpenTable for example)
  • Long time for a response
  • There is no possibility to update in real time

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Verivo AppStudio
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Verivo AppStudio, who also joined forces with a bigger Appery app builder platform, deserves a place in our list because it offered one of the best tools to build apps faster. It includes UI configuration tool, a server for apps, security tools, and various reporting options. It has code-free visual studio, incorporating JavaScript and HTML5 to build any kind of apps. Automation for user authentication, data synchronization, integrations and deployment, plus joining another platform – Appery: customers get a real solid service.

Pros:

  • Nice support system
  • The option for data synchronizing and different sources integration is available
  • Keeping your application in the cloud storage

Cons:

  • Sometimes difficult to use
  • Rather limited set of functions
  • Design

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AppYourself
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Since 2011, AppYourself has been offering useful tools to build native and pure HTML5 apps. But what makes it stand out among others, is their feature to go backwards – from an app to creating a responsive website, synchronized to app’s content. What? Well, this feature appeared to be tested some time ago, but didn’t actually materialize. Instead, with same visual IDE you can create a desktop website, as well as a mobile app or a web app. Basic paid plan includes e-commerce, booking, customer loyalty, image, streaming features. The interface is easy and nicely structured. There are 5 app layouts with various designs, with all elements adjustable.   

Pros:

  • Code-free Development
  • Suitable for e-commerce
  • Web development support

Cons:

  • Design functions
  • No collaboration Tools
  • Support

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OpenCart Mobile App Builder
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  • One-time License
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  • On-Premise
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The platform that has amassed a vast variety of app making options and made it all work. Also, it is more or less tailored for e-commerce and transforming websites into mobile apps. Functionality is clearly geared towards this, and is implemented in professional way. As market evolves, so does OpenCart adding up more news features such as fingerprint authorization, or voice search. With neat interface you won’t need much time to start working with it and be able to start the app process right away.

Pros:

  • Full range of functions required for the application of e-commerce
  • Ease of use
  • Cross-platform

Cons:

  • High price
  • Narrow specialist
  • Design

OpenCart mobile app builder by Knowband is the most advanced and beneficial way to take your online business to the mobile world. The OpenCart mobile app maker module offers an easy and flawless means to create a mobile store for your OpenCart eCommerce website. OpenCart eCommerce mobile app creator for Android/iOS upgrades your web-store into native mobile apps and keeps all the functionalities

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Magento Mobile App Builder
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  • One-time License
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Mobile App Builder for Magentо, with a self-explanatory title, is designed to build mobile online stores based on Magento platform. With it the process of launching an app of such kind becomes fast and effective. This software grants full range of possibilities in design, UX, branding, logo creation, etc., down to every technical option. Also, it integrates Google Analytics to be able to study market trends and user behavior. Overall, good for ecommerce app development.  

Pros:

  • Ideal for e-shops
  • 30 day trial period
  • Minimum time to create applications

Cons:

  • There is only a Lifetime License
  • High cost of access to the code
  • Functionality is more suitable only for the creation of electronic shops
MageNative Mobile app Builder provides a Mobile solution for E-Commerce merchandisers to create a fully Customizable Native App and enhance their businesses. 10,000+ satisfied customers. Highly dedicated support, available round the clock. Development and customization by veteran, highly experienced teams. 800+ products tailor made for almost every eCommerce platform and solution out

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Snappii
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  • Freemium
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Another app creator with focus on business apps for tablets, involving lots of data. Good examples of their field apps include timesheet managers, construction/building log apps, travel and expense reports, inspection apps, fleet management/logistics apps, work order assignments, warehouse management, etc. For businessmen who seek speed and efficiency, Snappii offers a nice solution, with intuitive visual studio and over 200 ready templates they can build an app without trouble. All the basic app management features are there, from image galleries, audio/video, blog to events, catalogs, task management. Plus many helpful vertical features for specific business areas, like scheduling tools, food ordering, retail coupons, real estate listings, geolocations, charts.  

Pros:

  • Cross-platform
  • No need for coding skills
  • Available co-operation tools

Cons:

  • The response time may take too long
  • Backup application is missing
  • More focus on business app

How can Snappii afford custom app development at such a low cost? The secret sauce is the ultrafast Snappii Visual app development platform. Using Snappii custom mobile apps are built visually with a drag, drop and configure method. Snappii’s custom app development process includes fast prototyping. The customer will see the first prototype already in 48 hours.

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Swiftic
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Swiftic app maker offers 30-day money-back guarantee and works best for small and middle level companies who want to boost brand engagement and build an app with back-end database. In-app coupons, scratch cards, loyalty cards, deliveries and notifications, scheduling, customer reviews… you should catch the idea, right? There are about 7 different templates and UX/navigation styles, along with any colors, background pictures, building blocks to choose from.

Pros:

  • Simple and clear interface
  • Themes settings (colors, background styles etc.)
  • Free code

Cons:

  • Only English
  • Some unclear issues in marketing process
  • No web app development

With over 20K customers worldwide, Swiftic (formerly Como DIY) unique auto-discovery technology grabs your existing online content and builds your mobile app in seconds. Create, publish, promote and manage your app from one control panel.

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Bobile
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Bobile is a good choice if you’re looking for a flexible and balanced solution with proper feature set, simple workflow and competitive pricing. Functionality is really extensive and is multi-platform, so you’ll be able to build Android app, iPhone apps, etc. There are ready-made templates for app of specific industry or niche, e.g. e-shops, booking apps. Or you can compile an app from blocks and modules manually yet with minimum effort, and it will be a fully-operational app to publish. Loyal prices, variety of options make Bobile worth a notice.  

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Significant functionality at an affordable price
  • Multiplatform

Cons:

  • No trial
  • Too large functional for beginners
  • There is only one type of subscription
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Bobile was founded in 2014, and it has been an epic ride since. From an app creating platform to a brand relationship builder with an enhanced members club and advanced features. 

   Our goal is to empower SMBs to transform their clients into lifetime brand ambassadors, and we are dedicated to creating an exceptional experience for our clients.

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GameSalad
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Now, if you ever wanted to develop a more complex mobile app, say a game, this could be your entry point. With simple visual interface, where you can import graphics and assign scenarios for it, the platform’s role is to let people with no or little coding skills build mobile and web gaming applications. GameSalad lets you make games for iOS and Android devices, has lots of templates and demos for basic games. Those familiar with game programming can also perform multiple tasks with variables, loops, database structures, just like in any programming language. It is complex and simple at the same time.

Pros:

  • Oriented at average user
  • Easy to make a simple game
  • Simple and intuitive interface

Cons:

  • Not suitable for the further game development
  • There is no opportunity to develop 3D games
  • Limited functionality

GameSalad is the revolutionary game development platform that allows anyone to create the game of their dreams without writing a line of code. It’s also the best way to introduce programming concepts, game design, and digital media creation to your students.

Launched in 2010, GameSalad has been used by over one million aspiring game developers and has powered over 75 games that reached

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Mobile Roadie
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One of the more expensive app platforms, Mobile Roadie, with offices in the USA, UK and Norway, has its eye on large businesses and enterprises. Among their top clients are Disney, TED, Universal, which is impressive, for sure. Along with nice useful design features and  templates, there are enough possibilities to tweak and adjust all you need, like chats, music player and fan wall, particularly hefty for artists. Plus, serious stuff, like content geo-targeting, digital commerce, analytics and app submission. The only drawback for most potential clients would be the price, probably.

Pros:

  • Mobile marketing functions
  • Simple interface
  • Сo-operation tools

Cons:

  • Limited e-commerce functions
  • Low level of support
  • Price

The simple and inexpensive way to build and manage your own mobile app or website. Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Madonna, Adele, the Dallas Mavericks, and so many more are all using Mobile Roadie!

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Nevercode
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With “Never code what you can automate” motto, Nevercode is a bit more advanced platform for skilled teams working with numerous projects and need to optimize. This service does automate processes like app configuration and setup, deployment, testing, code analysis, publishing to multiple app stores. Basically, it helps speed up the process of app development. It comes with automatic setups for iOS, Android, Cordova, Ionic and React Native projects. Development tools at play are Python, Angular, Celery, Bootstrap, Android SDK and iOS SDK, plus multiple 3rd party integration possibilities. There’s also a 14-day trial to check things out, and three-tier pricing plans for different needs.

Pros:

  • Concurrent builds' (an extra useful feature)
  • Code-free Development
  • Co-operation tools

Cons:

  • High prices
  • No Web App Development
  • No extended Analyst

Nevercode was born from a simple idea: to help mobile app developers build better apps faster. We built a cloud-based continuous integration service that automated the key steps in the development process - building, testing, distributing. We’ve come to the realization that finding ways to eliminate grunt work allows developers to be more effective and achieve ambitious goals.

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A do-it-yourself mobile development platform with multiple templates to choose from and create Android, iOS or HTML5 apps. There is plenty of such design presets for healthcare/medicine, food and restaurants, education, nightclubs, hotels, charities, government agencies, etc. The platform provides integration with social media, payment gateways, such as PayPal and ePay, advertisement options with Google AdSense. In addition, they do all the work to submit apps to app stores, which also helps a lot. 14-day trial available.

Pros:

  • Cross-platform
  • Many languages (supports 15 languages)
  • Price

Cons:

  • Limited functions for Windows Phone app building
  • Design and interface
  • No Web Development

We build and publish your App, you maintain yourself with no technical knowledge needed

A full native (real) App that works for both Apple iOS and Google Android Smartphones, Tablets and iPads! 

Synchronize useful functions from the App with your Website and, Facebook Fanpage or publish your App as your Mobile Web or normal Website too! 

Save time and money using ready made functions

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Mobincube
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Nice and down to very basics of mobile app development, Mobincube offers straight up what you’re looking for in online app building platforms. There’s all you need: visual development interface, drag and drop, templates and customization, source code and Google Analytics, notifications. A quite unique feature that separates this platform from others is monetization capability through Admob service. It means the apps you create will comprise ads and banners, and every time a user clicks on it, you’ll get your share of income. What is lacking overall in Mobincube is user-friendliness in terms of design and sequence of actions.

Pros:

  • Nice design
  • Possibility to use Google analytics in standard plan
  • Free code

Cons:

  • Weak social media integration
  • No team management
  • No Web App Development

Monetize your own Apps!

With Mobincube, you can create Apps for FREE, paying absolutely nothing. These apps will contain advertisements in the form of interstitial banners, videos and sliders. Every time a user clicks on an advert, you will earn money.

Now the ads come from publicity networks that have an agreement with Mobincube.

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The most prominent app development software platform in the UK, with lots of e-commerce, loyalty, booking/appointment features. Rich with content, videos, its own CMS, image gallery, listings and HTML, m-commerce options and much more. AppInstitute is mainly focused on creating apps with in-app ordering (food and drinks), event scheduling, maps and geolocation, customer loyalty programs. One handy feature that stands out is that you can specify a link to your website to automatically set a color scheme for a future app. All in all, a great service. Comes with 30-day trial period and various pricing tiers.

Pros:

  • Nice design and convenience
  • An option for app code changing
  • Good support

Cons:

  • After you cancel the subscription, the app deletes itself automatically
  • No Collaboration Tools
  • No Web development

If you have a local business a mobile App is a great way to reward repeat business customers,build loyalty, create social buzz and let new customers find out about you.

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AppSheet
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Here’s a different kind of mobile app builder software by US company that offers a really simple way to make an app – use Google Docs and Google Forms. Just that, plus if you know Microsoft Excel and spreadsheet basics. To briefly describe how it works, you need Google docs/spreadsheet service or an Excel file, then you load it to Google Drive, Dropbox, or other cloud storage, and open it via AppSheet. The platform recognizes a file and allows you to turn it into an app in its visual app editor. This is of course, just for basic business apps, not a brand custom native apps with back-end. But overall, for just a few bucks you can have an app in a few hours!

Pros:

  • Wide range of functions and options
  • Constant upgrading and communication with users
  • Low Price

Cons:

  • The records are not always relevant due to the constant upgrading
  • Slow synchronizing might occur even if you have good Internet connection
  • Multi-functionality can be difficult for beginners

AppSheet is the app maker for everyone. Simply connect your data and create a custom, powerful app—no code required. Become part of AppSheet’s app maker revolution: more than 150,000 users have created over 500,000 apps with AppSheet.

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Yapp
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Want to create and publish a mobile app simply and affordably? Need an app for social events, business meetings, conventions, trade shows, etc.? Yapp platform offers anyone with no coding skills and using just online editor (with templates and drag-and-drop) to build their own apps working on every device – iPhone, Android, tablets. A great feature is the upload option, where you can do a bulk import of .csv files with your business data right into an app. This tool is especially good for organizing events, as it has features like one-track/multi-track scheduling, lists, invitations, pdfs/docs upload, social feed, ticketing, polls, galleries, etc. One bitter fact, though, it is not quite as affordable as advertised.

Pros:

  • All functions for apps creating are available
  • Easy to use
  • Support

Cons:

  • Promoting options are too expensive
  • Only annual plans
  • There is no function to create their own functionality
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Yapp at a Glance

Our team is passionate about empowering mobile app creation. We help professionals at organizations from small nonprofit associations to large enterprises reach their goals without going through the pain, time, and cost of having to build an app from scratch. 

That's why we created Yapp – a do-it-yourself platform that allows you to easily create, edit, and instantly

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Bizness Apps
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  • On-Premise
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A bit more advanced platform, compared to other app builders, aimed at small and mid-market level companies. This could be a good choice for marketing agencies, restaurants, beauty salons, real estate agents, etc. The popular features include things like coupons, scheduling, geographic directions, service reviews and loyalty programs.It has a lot to offer: neat visual editor, multiple integrations (including 3rd party services), e-commerce features, music and video players, GPS-based directions and notifications, shopping cart, etc. Bizness Apps also claim life-long support, though we can neither confirm nor deny that, for obvious reasons.  

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Nice support system
  • Free code

Cons:

  • Price
  • Only English version
  • No Web App Development

At Bizness Apps, we offer more than just an app builder, we provide a mobile solution that allows local business owners to build an enduring and profitable relationship with their customers. Our team believes that small businesses are the backbone of our economy and our platform gives them the tools to compete with bigger brands.

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Appcelerator
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Appcelerator accumulated all the necessary features to rise to an efficient and useful app building software. It provides plenty of options in design, lots of templates to choose from. Additionally, the source code is openly available so skilled users and developers can adapt and even turn everything inside out for a brand new functionality.

Pros:

  • Free code
  • Free version
  • Significant functional

Cons:

  • No colloboretion topls
  • Very large codebase
  • Too little control design tools

Today companies must offer great apps that run on a range of devices, and connect to an exploding set of backend data. Appcelerator solves for this new mobile reality: quickly delivering native cross-platform apps, mobilizing any data source, and driving success with real-time mobile analytics.

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Freemium

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Shoutem allows to build cross-platform apps using React Native, and comes with really great design, UX and templates. Its UI toolkit offers a lot – over 40 screen types, over 200 layouts and over 40 extensions/features ready to go. Plus all the “heart and engine” for any mobile app: a content management system, user authentication, APIs, analytics, 3rd party integrations, etc. Truly no coding knowledge needed, drag-n-drop interface, native app preview, local testing, all building blocks as an open source. And all in JavaScript, nothing else. Shoutem deserves a five star rating.  

Pros:

  • Wide range of available templates that make app building process easier
  • Wide and diverse range of functions
  • Easy to use

Cons:

  • Only English
  • Frequent issues while creating an app for the tablets
  • Closed development code

Shoutem started as a tool for creating microblogging communities in 2008. With the rise of smartphones, company’s focus pivoted toward mobile apps. With the $1.7 million funding in 2011, the team grew to 20 members and moved its headquarters to New York.

In 2013’s boom of mobile app makers, Shoutem launched the fourth version of the platform, designed for building iOS and Android apps.

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What is app development software

App development software, a.k.a. app builder software or DIY app builders, are programs that aim to simplify app development and allow anyone, even without programming skills, to make a mobile app of their own. With those, the process does not necessarily require coding, designing or hiring professional developers. Yet, all this might not be so bright and hopeful as it sounds on paper, so let’s elaborate. App building software provides basis to put building blocks for an app together, set up basic functionality and design (templates), but will such a mobile app have a chance to earn its place on the market? Are app builders really helpful?

To be frank, most of these app makers/app builders are good to create mobile-friendly versions of a website. Because very unlikely that with only interface templates and drag-n-drop components it would be possible to construct a unique and popular app. Shazam, WhatsApp, QQ, Instagram… certainly not. Yet, it doesn’t mean app builders are worthless. Consider a career in coding or hiring a team of app developers, how much time and budget it takes, and opposite to that, the ability to create a basic mobile app on your own in few hours.

Types of app development software. You should understand a crucial difference in regards to types of app builders:

1. Platforms that can produce mobile versions of web sites, or PWAs - progressive web apps.
2. Platforms that can produce native mobile apps - real app in a full sense, made for specific devices, e.g. Android apps published in the Google Play, or iOS apps that appear on the App Store.

These are great tools for non-programmers and non-designers to play with design templates, select and arrange app blocks, and few more basic elements to compile an app. That’s why they are often referred to as DIY app makers, as in do-it-yourself. Many of those platforms also offer options for advanced development: back-end, cloud database, push notifications, media plugins. etc., so you could find a flexible solution. Even creating a PWA does not necessarily mean something bad or inferior to mobile apps, it’s just different. Here’s a short explanation and comparison of both types by AppInstitute:

Key features & other aspects

So let’s see what features and possibilities are there, and let’s divide them in groups. These are basically all the ingredients you’d need to “cook and serve” a proper application.

Design features. As a rule, app makers provide design and interface templates to simplify the process. These may be text elements, images, buttons, color schemes, backgrounds, and so on, with the ability to move them around and adjust. Often, it is just ready-made full templates (functionally and visually) tailored for specific categories, e.g. radio apps, small business apps, event/scheduling/booking apps, e-commerce apps, entertainment/media apps, messenger apps, etc. For example, check out a restaurant app template and pre-set features by Appy Pie.

Some platforms provide visual IDE (integrated development environment), or in other words, a place to experiment with UI components while all the actions are executed automatically in the background via HTML5, jQuery Mobile, Ionic, AngularJS, Bootstrap, etc.

UI features. Mobile apps are meant for people (i.e. users) and mass use, so any app inevitably has to have user interface and all related elements. Good app builders provide this functionality, that typically includes user profiles and features for a standard user journey. Social login is one example, for users to sign in with Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Other features might include file/document sharing, media content, emojis, reviews, check-ins, payments, QR scanning, etc., although it will vary from one app builder to another.

Source: AppYourself

Technical features, modules, add-ons. Sometimes it gets difficult to distinguish the difference between the main and additional features, because each app making platform interprets it in own way. Some may refer to the same thing as a UI/UX feature, a module, a tool, and add-on and possibly even something else. App development is very complex, and even such visual app making software can’t omit lots of technical stuff. So most of them offer things like:

  • GPS/geo-location tools
  • forms, checklists, calendar
  • galleries, tables, charts, dashboards
  • e-mail, SMS, push notifications
  • localization, custom user settings
  • database, cloud database, storage
  • background data synchronization, offline mode
  • HTML5 hosting (to accommodate an app online)
  • secure HTTPS protocol for data safety
  • monetization tools

For example, here’s a sneak peek of Mobincube tools:

Management features. Although user management features are not available in basic/standard/free versions of app building software, as a rule, some do provide it in paid (pro/plus/advanced) subscriptions. If you’re planning a mobile app up scale up and grow in number of users by thousands, user management and things like content management system (CMS) and customer console are vital.
No less important is internal control over app workflow, so a platform that offers role team management (with different access and permissions) and app analytics would clearly be a big plus.

Options for developers. Some app development software go beyond basic blocks and templates, offering options for customization (such a cliche term, but there’s no other for this instance). Not every service offers developer tools, for sure, but some good ones do, for example Appery, and that’s not a promotion. So few examples:

  • source code to edit (HTML5, JavaScript, CSS) and export for Android or iOS;
  • ability to add own JavaScript or CSS code into an app;
  • work with popular JavaScript frameworks, e.g. jQuery Mobile, Angular, Bootstrap, Ionic;
  • HTML5 testing directly in browser and/or sending a link to a client to supervise;
  • web console for database management (create databases, define columns, enter data, test queries, etc.);
  • APIs for assets and presentations.

App builder software pricing

Usually, there are 3 pricing versions to choose from:

  • Standard/Basic - a standard subscription option, with basic functionality and crucial features missing, as a rule. $15-40 per month range.
  • Pro - an advanced version that usually meets all the needs of customers. $30-80 per month range.
  • Premium - the most advanced version of the program with full and extra functionality, to the extent which app builders are capable of. $50-150 per month range, and above.

Also, many of them have a trial period of 7 or 14 days to get acquainted with its characteristics and capabilities.

How to select & user tips

When you are in process of selecting the right software for app development, first of all pay attention to capabilities and functionality. For instance, if you need to publish the app afterwards without hassle, find app makers that have such option, because not all of them do. Secondly, check supported platforms. While some focus on particular platforms (e.g.only ITT or Android, aka “native apps”), others may offer only PWA, or all kinds of apps possible, i.e. cross-platform. Offline mode and data synchronization would be significant in many cases. When developing a website-version-mobile-app, definitely find out whether the platform supports hosting where the site and its data sit.

For those seeking mobile platform-specific services, we’d recommend the following:

Finally, technical support system is vital herein like in no other case - because there will be dozens of questions and issues, no doubt.

FAQ

Why use app development software?
It saves time, makes application development process accessible to people with no coding skills.

How many apps can I create with an app builder?
Usually, there’s no limit on the number of mobile apps to create.

What kind of apps can I build?
Any kind - iOS, Android, cross-platform or web apps, and of any category - from educational apps, business apps to mobile games or entertainment and social apps.

Do I need to install additional software?
Normally, yes. In order to compile the source code, you will need Xcode, iOS SDK or Eclipse (Apple), Android SDK - these are free downloads. For more, check tech requirements and setups of a particular app maker.

What are key features of app makers?
Generally, there are design features and templates, drag-n-drop editing, visual IDE, modules, app blocks and elements, back-end functionality, management features, integrations and plugins, publishing tools.

What is the difference between a mobile app and a mobile website?
A mobile app is installed on smartphones and is a standalone product. Mobile website, or PWA, is a mobile-friendly version of a website. Both are developed in a different manner.

How to choose a mobile app builder software?
Consider the potential, capabilities, available platforms, trial and pricing. For more, check the chapter above.

How long does it take to develop a standard app?
Usually, it takes 4-6 weeks for a basic small app with help of an app builder software.

Who uploads an app to App Store or Play Market?
If an app builder doesn’t take care of publishing, you’ll have to do it yourself or hire an expert app developer. In any case, it will require a developer account in app stores, e.g. Apple developer account ($99 per year), or Google Play developer account ($25 one-time payment).

Do app builders provide access to code?
Unfortunately, most of these platforms do not provide free access to app code.

What’s the best app builder?
There are plenty of mobile app building platforms with positive ratings and user reviews. Examine products listed above in our category, study functionality and choose the one that will be best for your particular project.

Free app maker software for Windows
Apps Bar, Appy Pie, Game Salad, AppMakr, MobiRoller are free. All other programs also have free trial periods to dabble in app making.