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Popular Mobile App Development Tools & Technologies

Mobile apps have taken the world by storm, so much so, that in order to be a successful business today, one needs to go mobile and have an app to promote, sell and interact with their customers. No wonder, all app stores are inundated with millions of apps for the users to download and use.

In a world where media consumption on mobile devices continues to outpace desktops and other connected devices, and where each user spends more than 2.5 hours daily on his/her smartphone, developers need to use cutting-edge technologies and tools in order to develop the next hit app, or forever fade into oblivion.

Most Popular Types of Mobile Apps

The big question which arises when mobile app developers have to develop mobile apps is the type of app need to be developed. This requirement varies not only based on the requirements of the client, but also upon market saturation, developers' comfort level with the technology, etc. Some of the basic types of apps are listed here:

Native App

Native Apps
These apps are coded in a specific programming language, such as Objective C for iOS or Java for Android. Native apps boast of fast performance and a high degree of reliability. These apps are also expensive to develop as they are designed for only one type of operating system and need to be duplicated for other operating systems.

Mobile Web Apps
These are not real apps, but actually websites which are designed in such a way that they look and feel like a mobile app. They run on your smartphones' browser and are typically coded in HTML5. As more and more websites use HTML5, the fine line between web apps and web pages is diminishing, as web apps feel more distinguished, while providing a responsive, streamlined experience.

Web App
Hybrid App

Hybrid Mobile Apps
These are apps which are part native and part web app. Like native apps, they can be found on the app store and also take advantage of the mobile phone's features. But just like web apps they rely on HTML5 for their development requirements. By offering the best of both the worlds, developers can use hybrid apps to develop apps faster for multiple operating systems, while saving tons of money.

8 Key Mobile App Development Tools & Technologies

Mobile app developers today are being constantly pushed to produce better apps with high-quality user experience so that the apps stand out amongst the competitors. For this purpose mobile app developers look out for cutting-edge technologies which can help them meet the demands. Some of the latest mobile technologies include the ones mentioned below:

  1. Node.JS


    The front end developer today is spoilt with some of the latest cutting-edge technologies which have made their lives easier. Node.JS helps in building networked apps using non-blocking IO, and has quickly changed into a large ecosystem of tools, libraries and frameworks. Learning Node is not an option anymore, but a requirement.

  2. Swift


    This is a new open source programming language for iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS apps that builds on the best of C and Objective C. It adopts safe programming patterns and adds modern features to make programming easier, more flexible and more fun. It is the first industrial-quality systems programming language that is as expressive and enjoyable as a scripting language.

  3. Objective C

    Objective C

    This is a general-purpose object oriented programming language. It is the main programming language used by Apple for OS X and iOS and their respective application programming interfaces (APIs), and still remains more popular than Swift. Even though it is an old programming language, most apps still feature a code-base written mostly in Objective C.

  4. PhoneGap


    This is a popular mobile app development framework which enables mobile app developers to build applications for mobile devices using CSS3, HTML5, and JavaScript instead of relying on platform-specific APIs like those in iOS, Android or Windows. The resulting apps are hybrid which means they are neither native nor web-based, but at the same time offers a cost-intensive solution for multi-platform app development.

  5. Appcelerator Titanium

    Appcelerator Titanium

    This is an open-source mobile app development kit for cross-platform app development. The Appcelerator platform is a mobile engagement platform that provides cross platform mobile app development using JavaScript, mobile backend as a service (MBaaS), mobile test automation, crash detection and performance management, and mobile analytics.

  6. DOM Frameworks

    The Document Object Model (DOM) is a cross-platform and language-independent convention to interact with objects in HTML, XHTML, and XML documents. To build any interactive mobile website or HTML5 based app, JavaScript is required. If the mobile app is fairly trivial then writing the code according to DOM is the way to go. DOM frameworks are useful when there are a lot of DOM elements used and for network communication and animations. Some of the more common DOM frameworks include -

    Mag.JS Transparency.JS Zepto.JS
  7. CSS Frameworks

    These are pre-prepared software frameworks that are meant for easier and more standards-compliant web design using the CSS language. These frameworks are mostly design oriented and unobtrusive. Some of the widely used examples include -

    Bootstrap Pure Topcoat ZURB Foundation
  8. JS Frameworks

    These frameworks have become increasing popular in the last few years amongst mobile app developers. JavaScript frameworks serve as essential tools for advanced JavaScript programming. With the capability of doing almost anything, JS frameworks along with JavaScript libraries provide some useful foundations to build mobile apps on. Some of the commonly used JS frameworks include -

    Angular JS Backbone Ember React

Leverage the Best Tools for Mobile App Development

We at Outsource2india believe in building the best mobile apps which offer a superlative interface along with a great user experience. Our team of highly qualified mobile app developers is trained to use the best mobile application development tools and technologies and develop some of the best mobile apps available in the market.

We have been in the mobile app development domain for more than a decade now and have the expertise as well as the infrastructure to develop mobile apps on different platforms such as Android, iOS, etc. If you have any mobile app idea, please free to share it with us and we will help you to change it into reality.

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