Making mobile applications available on multiple platforms becomes one of the priority goals for mobile developers. The reason is to reach all the mobile users and have a wide potential audience. Moreover, even one user can have devices running different platforms, and if he is a fan of your app, he would likely want to install it on all the devices. Being available through different platforms will be a great advantage and your customers will appreciate it.

Developers know how tiresome and annoying cross-platform app formatting can be. As each mobile platform is unique it’s not an easy thing to create an app which would work properly on all of them. But luckily, there are many useful tools for reaching this goal. Let’s take a look at the list of 6 top tools for multi-platform mobile apps development.

Let’s take a look at the list of 6 top tools for multi-platform mobile apps development illustrated on the infographic below: PhoneGap, RhoMobile, Appcelerator Titanium, MoSync, WidgetPad.

Cross-Platform Mobile Apps Development

Although such tools seem to be an excellent solution, alongside with many of their advantages there are several disadvantages as well. Here are the major pros and cons of cross-platform mobile apps development tools.

PROS

Fast speed

It is no secret that it takes less time to develop an app once than to write different codes for various platforms.

Low costs

When it takes less time it usually takes less money. Using cross-platform technologies decreases the costs for developing an app significantly. Companies don’t need to hire separate teams for app deployment on different platforms.

Access through APIs

Most of the tools offer developers the possibility to work with devices’ hardware features like accelerometers, GPS/location and cameras.

Easy for web developers

These tools are simple to use for web developers as mostly they support scripting languages such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript which are more than familiar to web devs.

CONS

Troubles with latest updates

When Operation Systems release updates, the cross-platform frameworks need to support them, and sometimes troubles might occur with that.

Slow rendering

While coding the app for many platforms with these tools takes less time, code rendering is slower. Especially when some errors or bugs appear and the code-compilation process has to start over again.

Inefficient code

As the coding language of most of the tools is not native, the code efficiency depends on the tools’ translation engines. This can lead to a heavy code which would result in a bad app performance.

The first question that arises when starting building a multi-platform app is what to choose: creating a separate native app for each OS or using a cross-platform solution? And actually, there is no one right answer. While some companies choose a cost-effective cross-platform way, others go a less simple but more reliable way. It all depends on the goals and resources.