Five essential tools if you are planning to develop mobile apps

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11 July 2018
Five essential tools if you are planning to develop mobile apps
Five essential tools if you are planning to develop mobile apps


Most of us use a smartphone for just about everything. These globalized behaviors have led many new startups to operate through apps, and encouraged developers to keep on finding new ways to create them more effectively.

Most of us use a smartphone for just about everything: to communicate, buy, sell or even look for a job. This globalized behavior has led many new startups to operate through mobile apps, and encouraged developers to keep on finding new ways to create them more effectively.

These are some of the best tools for creating mobile apps:

1.- Appcelerator Titanium:

Created by the Appcelerator platform, it is the ideal software for developing mobile apps similar to the native ones used in mobile operating systems. It uses JavaScript and automatically transfers the programming to the rest of systems. It is also very simple, with a highly intuitive interface.

It has services in the cloud and allows to develop apps interconnected with the software and the hardware, enabling the use of a mike, a camera or GPS. Available for iOS, Android and Blackberry, apps developed with Appcelerator Titanium give access to the most innovative technological advances in the mobile world, such as geolocation or augmented reality.

The downside of this tool is its complexity when working with the layout, as it has no initial HTML to add the controls. In addition, some of its tutorials and documents are outdated.

Around 200 million users run apps developed with Appcelerator Titanium, which is used by nearly 575,000 developers. Companies such as Avis, Zipcar or Adidas use this tool for their mobile apps.

Find out more about this system in the article Three tools for building apps fast”.

2.- PhoneGap:

This is a system designed for developing multi-platform apps using exclusively HTML5, CS33 and JavaScript. It is currently the tool on the market that supports the largest number of platforms, while giving access to many of the elements on our smartphone, such as the camera, the contacts or the database.

It enables users to preset browsing through the search engine of their choice, such as Chrome or Firefox.

PhoneGap does require advanced development knowledge, specifically in JavaScript and HTML. The apps developed using this system don’t reach the performance of native apps. It uses a different system for each platform: Xcode for Mac, and Eclipse for Android.

If you want to know more about PhoneGap, read the article Apache Cordova and PhoneGap: Develop apps for all the environments”.

3.-  jQuery Mobile:

A tool based on a framework that, by using HTML5 optimized for touchscreen smartphones, enables adaptation to different devices and screen sizes.

Easy to use by people used to work with HTML, it has very good documentation that makes its use even easier.

The apps built with this tool cannot be compared to native apps; the result is more like a website tailored to smartphones. Also, the use of CSS is complex, to say the least.

If you are considering the possibility of using it, this computer graphic can be useful: Keys to developing mobile apps”.


Originally called Tiggzi, it was renamed recently. By using open source technologies from other platforms like JQuery Mobile or PhoneGap, it creates user interfaces for mobile apps.

Its greatest advantage is that it enables users to build full programming environments by simply dragging buttons and elements. It also has a free basic version for simple projects, and the apps developed can be tested at all times.

You may be thinking about using it, in which case you may also be interested in how to design mobile apps. We tell you all about it in this article: This is how you can build prototypes.

5.- iBuild App:

It uses a system of predefined templates that enable complex mobile apps to be created for both Android and iOS.

Easy to use, it requires no in-depth knowledge of programming and has a large number of templates that make work much easier. Moreover, the developer can choose to insert advertising in the app or pay.

Lastly, let us suggest you a case study with some tips for developing an app.

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