Mobile apps have taken the world by storm, so much so, that in order to be a successfulbusiness today, one needs to have an app to promote, sell and interact with their customers.No wonder, all app stores are flooded 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.

Apart from brainstorming how the app will function and what resources will be required, it is important to figure out which technology and tool will serve your needs the best. There are multiple mobile app technologies that are widely used for a specific platform or for cross-platform app development. Some of the latest mobile technologies and tools include the
ones mentioned below:

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 embraces 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.

Objective C

This is a general-purpose object oriented programming language. It is the fundamental programming language utilized by Apple for OS X and iOS and their corresponding 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.

Cordova

Cordova enables you to write a single code base using HTML and JavaScript to be used to create apps for multiple platforms including: Android, iOS, Windows, Blackberry, Firefox, LG WebOS and FireOS. All from a single code base draped into an app container. Cordova has several tools to help with development including PhoneGap, Ionic, Onsen UI and more.

PhoneGap

Built by the group behind Apache Cordova, this open source tool is comprised of a compiler, debugger, and testing tools woven with popular web technologies (HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript). 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.

Appcelerator Titanium

Cross-platform developers can use this tool to build, test, connect, and finally measure the functionality of the built app. It favours JavaScript programming and applies universal code concept. Developers can implement one code base over multiple platforms from Android and iOS to Windows Phone and BlackBerry to accelerate product development and delivery.

DOM Frameworks

The Document Object Model (DOM) is a cross-platform and language-independent convention to work together 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 for network communication and animations. Some of the more common DOM frameworks include mag.js, transparency.js, zepto.js, etc.

Xamarin

Xamarin, a C# codebase, unlike other frameworks, allows us to work with native IDEs, APIs, and languages. Also, it can be universally applied to multiple platforms, while Git integration is inbuilt in the Xamarin Studio. It supports quality monitoring and functionality testing over a tremendous range of devices. It does come with its Android emulator. Furthermore, to help you get started fast, Xamarin comes up with a few sample apps. You can share around 3/4th of the code over the popular mobile platforms. Therefore, using Xamarin, you are curtailing not only the development cost but also the time-to-market.

RhoMobile

RhoMobile's mobile app builder platform is built for both consumers and enterprise developers. It is an open source platform which allows users to build native apps in the cloud. As a true native application, the platform also lets users write cross-platform code using common web skills. It offers device, system and framework access through its API libraries.

CONCLUSION

The numbering doesn't reflect the superiority or inferiority of a particular framework. Every tool has its strengths and limitations and selection of a framework should be done as per the requirements of the project. A cross-platform app development company delegated with any project must strike a balance between what is available and what is required, and go in the right direction. Leverage the Best Tools and Technology for Mobile App Development We at Eastern Enterprise 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 are trained to use the best tools and technologies and develop 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, and Cross-Platform. If you have any mobile app idea, please feel free to share it with us and we will help you to change it into reality.