As more and more people use their smartphones for more than just making calls and sending text messages, app development has become an extremely lucrative business. In the Apple Store alone, there are over 700,000 apps and over 80 billion annual visits. These staggering statistics make app development a field that can potentially allow you to earn thousands of dollars from a single app alone.
Unfortunately, not a lot of people are experts in developing apps. The good news is that there are now more tools being developed to make app creation easy without sacrificing its quality. Below are the top 10 tools that you can use to make a mobile app that is optimized for the Apple Store or Google Play for Android.
AppMakr is a free service but for $79 per month, you will be able to access more features that can give your app more depth and functionalities.
This program is a cloud-based HTML5 builder that uses a drag-and-drop platform, making it very easy for you to build and customize your app. You will also have access to a wide range of online tutorials on basic app creation, blogs written by the platform’s developers and customer service support to help you navigate the program. If you are a first-time developer, Tiggzi has valuable learning tools that you can use.
Expert coders will be able to use the platform’s advanced options and other features that can help create truly personalized and customized apps. One advantage that Tiggzi has is that you will be able to upload your finished app to the Apple Store or Google Play for review using the platform.
The first app that you create on Tiggzi is on the house. After that, you can choose between two packages: $50 a month for unlimited apps or $15 a month for three apps.
You can also streamline your content based on a user’s location. You will be able to deliver custom content based on the location of a user’s device.
There is a 30-day free trial period available for app developers. After this period, there are different packages depending on the features available.
Buzztouch has a strong community of users that lets experienced developers help out the beginners. The great thing about this platform is that it allows developers to stay independent if they so desire. On the other hand, the web-based platform lets you host your app from Buzztouch, your own website or a cloud storage program. You can create simple or extensive apps using the platform even if it’s only your first time developing an app.
There is a robust learning community for this platform and resource materials come in the form of podcasts, video tutorials and blogs. There are different pricing options for you to choose from depending on how many apps you want to produce and the features that you need to use. If you’re only going to make a simple app, you can opt for their free service.
Unfortunately, you cannot submit your apps to different app stores from the Buzztouch platform, you will have to go the DIY route for the submission.
6 Titanium by Appcelerator
You can use Titanium’s free app maker and just upgrade to premium versions if you want to add features on your builder.
This platform makes it easy for anyone to create an app both for mobile web and iOS, Android and Windows platforms. You can take advantage of pre-designed templates to make app building more convenient. To add features to your app, you can choose from pre-developed functionalities without the need for any coding. TheAppBuilder can provide you with the necessary codes that will allow you to submit your app to mobile app stores.
The downside of using TheAppBuilder for mobile apps is its cost. To publish on mobile app stores, the fee for the codes is $499 plus the application fees of the individual stores. If you want to keep your app updated, an additional fee of $29 per month will be applied to your account.
4 Corona SDK
This one of the most popular app builders among novice and veteran developers alike. With Corona SDK, you can build apps for the iOS, Android, Kindle and Nook platforms, ranging from simple mobile apps to interactive games. Corona is one of the few platforms that use the uncomplicated Lua language which is very easy to understand and use. It boasts of an active and interactive community of over 100,000 developers, all ready and eager to help each other in the development process.
Creating and developing an app on Corona SDK is free and fees are only applicable during the publishing stage. Alternatively, you can subscribe to the Corona SDK Indie Subscription for a year which allows you to create, update and publish an app on the Apple Store or Google Play for $199. The Pro Subscription will let you publish on all app stores for $349 per year.
Beginner app developers will love EachScape’s drag-and-drop platform which lets you build and maintain high-quality apps for Android, iOS and HTML5. The platform has a wide variety of third-party partners which allows you to include features such as video overlay, geolocation, ads, social sharing and other useful functionalities. If you’re not into developing apps, you can commission EachScape to design and develop the app for you. The platform will also help you submit your app to your preferred app stores.
Again, the biggest drawback to EachScape is its cost. The Enterprise version runs for $2,500 a month. A cheaper version is still in the pipeline.
2 App Express
You don’t need to have coding or programming skills to use App Express. You can choose from pre-existing modules from your dashboard and just add features as you go along. This platform’s specialty is creating apps for small businesses. One of the notable features that it can provide to apps is its instant messaging that will allow you to send targeted messages to users in a specific location or list. You can also create apps that will let your users schedule appointments, review invoices or get exclusive deals.
This app has a set up fee of $199 and subscription fee of $75 per month.
MobBase is an excellent app builder for musicians, event promoters and performers because it allows you to create an app that transmits content from an RSS feed to your user’s smartphones. It is a convenient way of sharing news, schedules and events. It will even let you upload tracks and photos to keep fans and supporters update with your progress. It will also make it easier for them to buy tickets, locate venues and reserve seats for your performances.
There is a variety of packages that range from $15 to $65. If you want to publish an iOS app, you’ll be required to pay a one-time fee of $250 while the Android’s fee is $20.