When you think about mobile app development or mobile app building as a business idea, most people immediately think, “complex coding required” and high costs from savvy developers will be needed. However, this is not always the case, well not in the modern day and age in which we now are living in.
Mobile apps have become the go-to medium for businesses to reach their client base and potential customers which is why they are becoming increasingly important, but in order to make powerful apps, one requires a bit of know-how in programming, a bit of patience in dealing with bugs in the code and innovation in order to attract the market.
Luckily, with advancement in technology and dissemination of services, it has become increasingly easy to make apps without the prerequisite knowledge required and the expensive advanced tools needed.
Creative entrepreneurs can now turn to mobile app building platforms to make the best apps without much of a struggle.
But first and foremost, what is a mobile app building platform?
A mobile app building platform is a software that comes with tools to enable a user to create and come up with apps with the utmost of ease. The app created can be readily installed on smartphone’s and tablets and thus can be used to distribute the required services through popular networks and operating systems such as Android and iOS It basically lays the foundation for anyone to build an application easily as it already provides the needed tools and infrastructure.
There are quite a few mobile app development and mobile app building platforms out there, so evaluating them all and finding the best one can become frustrating. Not to worry though, to help get you started I have sourced and reviewed the best 10 mobile app building platforms for you, and here they are:
This has to be the easiest platform to use when it comes to creating apps.
It is an application creator and app publisher that allows users to build Android apps and also apps for iOS, Blackberry and Windows Phone devices with the utmost ease.
In order for to build a mobile app on appsbar, you only really need to follow three easy steps:
First, there are 37 app types which the user has freedom to choose from, based on what type of app they need. Such types include online business, gym, restaurant, general business, salon and much more.
Once you have selected your app type, you can begin building your desired app and getting into the fun part of adding features like multimedia, pages and menu choices. This option also allows the user to preview their app and make necessary alterations.
Finally, the user can submit their app for publishing. The developers at appsbar review and improve the application so that it meets all app store standards and requirements.
Once the application has been published, users have the ability to share their application directly from the appsbar app builder platforms such as Facebook and Twitter and distribute it to Apple App Store, Google Play and also appsbar’s appcatch.
How much does all this cost? It comes at no cost to build and publish the app. Can you imagine that… I know what I am going to be working on for the next few nights!
GameSalad allows users to come up with games easily without the need for coding knowledge and hefty scripting which is ever so time consuming. This is because according to GameSalad developers, users can create a game in a matter of hours and also due to the fact that it is a drag-and-drop app builder makes it robust and fast to work with.
It allows users to build games that run on a variety of platforms such as iOS, Windows 8, Android, HTML5, OS X and also can be installed in Kindle and Nook tablets.
This app builder comes up with a lot of tools that enable you to create a game in a matter of hours – so to speak. It has scene and actor editor. So, it is more like coming up with a movie or TV show where you place your characters on the set and then decide what they are going to do.
Users can set up attributes, sounds and images. The In-App Previewer allows testing of the game before publishing.
There is a free version of the app builder which entails the GameSalad Creator, Viewer, Web and iOS publishing. It comes with an option to upgrade to Pro for $299 per year with more features like Android Publishing.
Another platform is Appery.io, which happens to be a drag-and-drop cloud-based platform. This means that a user can build an app entirely in the cloud. The advantage is that you do not need download hence install any software.
It is a simple platform that allows users to build apps for Windows, iOS and Android phones. It is meant for the hardcore programmer as it comes with sophisticated tools for developers and also for the person who is an amateur in programming.
Price plans are at zero cost for a single project, $15 every month for up to three projects and $180 per month for premium.
This app builder allows a user to build professional native apps for either iOS or Android devices. It comes with a drag-and-drop interface which allows the user to combine different building blocks that offer a variety of features.
The very same blocks allow the user to connect to social media sites and online stores. The app can be designed according to the user’s specifications and preference and progress can be viewed in a tool known as the Previewer.
Progress of the app can be checked on the user’s computer, tablet or mobile. The advantage of this platform is the fact that users can build mobile applications at no cost and only pay when they want to publish.
AppMachine then handles the hard part of getting the app into Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play store.
Price plans are of a variety, but are suitable for many users. There is a one-time fee of $499 per app published. There is also a $899 option for developers which comes with more features.
5. Appy Pie
A robust but easy to use mobile app building platforms (I know I have said that before, but it really is). It has a drag-and-drop platform which is cloud-based meaning users do not need to download any software.
The user can build an application for either Apple, Google, Windows Phone or BlackBerry devices and when the user feels it is complete, they receive an HTML5-based hybrid application that works with all other platforms including the one it was initially created for.
The app is then automatically published to its respective app store for customers and clients to download and it is also published in Appy Pie’s own app marketplace.
It comes with a host of tools to use,such as social media connectivity, ability to monetize ads, GPS capability, blog integration, appointment scheduler, contact Features, QR code and media feeds.
It also comes with application maintenance tools such as app analytics, updates and real-time revisions to improve the app in its lifetime of use.
Anyone can commence designing apps for free, but in order to distribute an app, Appy Pie comes with three subscription plans, the first commencing at $7 per month for one app.
To obtain the platinum level, users have to pay $33 per month.
AppMakr is yet another Do-It-Yourself mobile application building platform that lets anyone create native apps for Apple and Google devices with no programming knowledge.
The biggest advantage this platform possibly has is the fact that the user can create many apps with infinite updates at zero cost and also make use of the variety of features offered. Such features are: HTML 5 functionality, live updates, high resolution photo galleries, music and video streaming, navigation control, Google Maps integration and monetization.
The Dashboard allows the user to keep track of all the apps they have created, edit where necessary, preview the app in real time and publish when they are satisfied.
It is free, but with the option of advertisements. If one wishes to have an ad-free app then they would have to pay $79 per app each month, but can go up to a fee of $99 for one-time Self-Publish.
Yet another mobile app building platform. But it what makes Appsme just that little bit different is its simple three step procedure, which makes it a walk in the park for people with zero programming know-how to make an app.
It also bypasses the scuffle of maintaining apps through the App Store and Play store by enabling a QR code and an install link to easily distribute and share the user’s app.
It has ordinary features such as photo galleries, one-touch contact options, social media integration and ability to customize the app by uploading user images.
It comes at no cost to build an application for the first time, but it costs $25 a month to enable the running of the app.
The builder comes with many customization options, and each app can be easily connected with already existing content on Facebook, SoundCloud, WordPress, Twitter, Foursquare etc.
It is riddled with many monetization choices which enable the user to create an e-commerce experience thus earn from their own app. Such e-commerce experiences include: in-app subscriptions, coupons and deals.
The app can be published to either iTunes or Google Play. This platform also offers consistent regular auto-updates and ensures the app keeps abreast with new iOS and Android OS updates.
Pricing plans begin at $19.90 per month and can go up to $119.90 for each month of use.
9. MainStreet Apps
MainStreet Apps offers a cloud-based platform that enable anyone to build apps easily. You do not have to be a tech guru to create an application.
Once the app has been built, MainStreet Apps does the rest. This basically means it hosts the data a cloud, then it reviews the said app before it uploads it to the respective app store. As I said, you do not have to be a guru to make an app.
This platform allows users to add photos via Flickr, individualised content and a contact page (this is to, of course, make it easier for users to communicate with business through social media, phone and electronic mail).
It also comes with an appointment scheduler. What makes it even better is the fact that it can be synchronize or connected with Google Calendar thus enabling real time interactivity.
The pricing commences at $468 a year.
10. Bizness Apps
Bizness Apps – as the name suggests – provides a mobile app building platform to assist in creating mobile apps meant for all types of businesses.
It provides a rich source of features so as to cater for all types of industry and service.
It allows the creation of a mobile application in a matter of minutes as it comes with a host of design templates. The user has an option of coming up with their own design or customising the predesigned templates. Real-time previews allow user to check progress of the app as they develop it.
Another neat feature this platform comes with is the ability to instantly update the app online, and alter (if need be) everything inside, without the hassle of sending the app to Apple or Google for updates, which turn out to be lengthy processes.
You not only make apps easily, but you learn how to make better apps via the weekly webinars provided in Bizness Apps platform. There is also a plethora of tutorial articles available to help make the process even easier. This is of course if you would like to hone your app developing skills.
Price plans begin at $29 every month mobile website and can go up to $59 per month for mobile app.
So there you have it, 10 of the best mobile app building platforms available in the market. Go have a try and enter the world of making mobile apps with the utmost ease. Let me know which ones you have used and your thoughts now lets get creative.