Tuesday, July 26

Best tools for cross platform app development

As part of our work on the MoLE project we have been revisiting the rapidly growing number of frameworks, libraries and platforms that developers can use to create cross-platform mobile apps 

If you are new to app development, you may know there is a constant debate between app developers, building “native” apps, and mobile web developers, championing “web apps”. The native app developers get better performance and integration, while the web app developers get broader reach and better standardisation

In the middle of this debate are a growing team of developers championing a hybrid of these two positions. Developing code once (like “native”) but deploying across apple / android / blackberry (like “web apps”). This is a rapidly emerging area, with a flurry of very exciting toolkits available.

To keep you up to date, we are very happy to share our recent report:


Cross-platform mobile development

a review of the top cross platform mobile app development frameworks, libraries and platforms



In it we look at these 22 solutions, drilling down into more detail with Rhodes, Appcelerator Titanium, and Phonegap.

Framework URL License Type
Rhodes http://rhomobile.com/products/rhodes/ Open Source Platform
Phonegap http://www.phonegap.com Open Source Framework
FeedHenry http://developer.feedhenry.com/ Commercial Platform
Appcelerator http://www.appcelerator.com/ Open Source Platform
Grapple http://www.grapplemobile.com/ Commercial Framework
MotherApp http://www.motherapp.com/ Commercial Framework
Corona http://www.anscamobile.com/corona/ Commercial Product
Sencha Touch http://www.sencha.com/products/touch/ OS/Commercial Library
MoSync http://www.mosync.com/ Open Source Platform
Resco http://www.resco.net/ Commercial Platform
CouchOne http://www.couchone.com/products Commercial Platform
MobileIron http://mobileiron.com/ Commercial Platform
WidgetPad http://widgetpad.com Open Source Platform
AML http://www.amlcode.com Open Source Framework
Jo http://joapp.com Open Source Library
xui http://xuijs.com Open Source Library
JQuery Mobile http://jquerymobile.com Open Source Library
JQTouch http://jqtouch.com Open Source Library
QT http://qt.nokia.com/products/qt-formobile-platforms/ Open Source Framework
QuickConnectFamily http://www.quickconnectfamily.org/ Open Source Framework
Bedrock http://www.metismo.com Commercial Platform
WebApp.net http://webapp-net.com/ Open Source Framework

Our mobile development team focuses primarily on educational apps, and we did this report for our own, internal benefit. We have hope you find it useful. Please feel free to add any suggestions or feedback in the comments

this post originally appeared on the TribalLabs blog


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Max said...

Hey Geoff,

Have you had a chance to check out Application Craft (http://www.applicationcraft.com) yet? It seems to cut right across the other platforms and frameworks your work focusses on. We have recently made a lot of changes to the website and have added a learn more chart to make our product easier to understand, that's here:



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