Mobile is the world’s fastest growing platform. As a result many individuals and firms have turned to mobile applications to more effectively engage their audience. This is no easy task, however, since creating these apps requires a good command of advanced programming languages such as Objective C (iOS) or Java (Android).
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Fortunately, a number of tools have been created which open this space up to both novices and web designers. These development tools enable the development of mobile applications using drop and drag interfaces or web technologies. These tools then translate your code so it can be understood by multiple devices. This allows the rapid creation of apps that can take advantage of rich feature sets and automatically run on multiple devices.
Below are a combination of app-builders, each of which requires a different set of skills and level of expertise:
Google, in its efforts to allow any one to create and deploy Mobile Apps, developed App Inventor. Web browser based, App Inventor allows you to drop and drag designs and behaviours so they slot together like a puzzle. As would be expected, App Inventor only creates app for Android devices but it is great for those who have little or know programming skills. This is a development tool for novices and amatuers. As the video implicitly suggests, this should not be considered as a tool to create commercial grade applications.
Appmakr allows you to create mobile apps without having to programme a single line of code. This point and click solution takes current content from your website and automatically builds a mobile app for you. Althought AppMakr does offer Ad integration, it is ultimately a glorified RSS reader which is unable to take advantage of many of the native iOS and Android features. Appmakr is a free service and should only be used as different way to disseminate your blog content.
MobiCart is a must have for those with an online store. As an ever greater number of consumers turn to mobile devices to shop, MobiCart steps in to help you take your online store, mobile. With a simple and intuitive web interface, MobiCart allows you to integrate and customise almost every aspect of your new mobile store. The result is a stunning app which integrates directly with your current online store which has the extra bonus of being free.
Are you in a band and wish that you had a mobile app to better engage your audience? Mobile Roadie solves that problem for you. Used by the likes of Katy Perry, this development tool can create stunning apps which sell songs, tickets and keep fans updated. Apps are built using a drop and drag interface while Mobile Roadie handles the rest. This platform does, however, come with a price; US$499 for the core package.