With 80% of Internet users using smartphones to connect to the internet, make purchases and consume content, the dynamics of businesses connecting with their customers has changed. An app representing your business on app stores is the only way to tap into the ginormous market.

Building an application for just one mobile operating system is like sticking to the dairy aisle at a supermarket – you will miss out on what the other aisles have to offer. In this case, you’ll miss out on the whole demographic that uses other operating systems. Most companies that are slaying the app game have apps that work on all mobile operating systems.

In order to create an app that works brilliantly and that users love, it is very important to select the right framework. With so many options available out there, it is quite easy to get confused. So, we’ve listed four platforms that will work excellently for you.

PhoneGap

Over time, Phonegap has become one of the most popular framework to build apps for multiple platforms. Known for its stability and flexibility, this open source framework has been a popular choice with web developers who want to try their hands at developing mobile apps (because it uses languages familiar to them, like CSS3, HTML, and JavaScript).

This framework has a number of plugins, like Globalization, InAppBrowser, DeviceMotion, and File, that helps developers to create apps with numerous integrations.

You can use Phonegap with other frameworks, like JQuery Mobile, and create complex and brilliant apps.

Trigger.io

On its website, Trigger introduces itself as “the simplest way to build amazing apps”. Its real native UI components and the wide list of out-of-the-box API’s ensure that some of the work is already done for you and you don’t have to spend time tweaking things to suit requirements. You can also get work done faster as the code used for web/mobile web can be reused for creating native apps.

​This is the best framework if you have large budgets and need to build apps fast.

Xamarin

If you have a flexible budget, then Xamarin is the way to go. The free download gives you access only to a limited number of features. But, once you pay, the app’s proverbial candy store will open its doors, and you can run amok.

That said, you need to know about the platform’s specific architecture for successfully deploying multi-platform applications. You will also need to be a whiz at the separate API’s of the device to be able to access the geolocation, camera, or contacts. If you are familiar with C#, then you’ll have a field day with Xamarin, for it uses the language to be compiled into Windows phone, iOS, or Android.

CodeName One

This is one of the newer frameworks that make it really easy for developers to create various versions of their app. Although relatively new, it’s SDK has been downloaded over 200,000 times! Developers swear by it when it comes to transforming Java into mobile-ready code. It also has a Maker tool for the non-developers and amateurs and novices to create their own apps.

Being Java-based, this framework is the perfect app partner for Java developers. So, an iOS developer could use Codename One to turn his/her app into one ready for Google Play Store.

In conclusion

Mobile frameworks tend to create similar code to fit all requirements, but each platform has its own quirks and advantages. Developers are now keen on sharing their apps to wider audiences, and they really don’t mind the peculiarities that are typical of each platform.

While Xamarin and Codename One seem to be the best of the lot, they are not cookie-cutter solutions. Coding and development are very subjective to the respective platforms. What works for the app you are creating right now might not work for the next app you take on. It also depends on what your team is comfortable with.

Are there any platforms you swear by? Do let us know in the comments!

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Before you build an app..

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