Today, even the best mobile phone deals with competition across all platforms. This puts added pressure on developers as they consider working on applications that must cooperate with multiple platforms. Developers with applications that are compatible across all platforms will have the competitive advantage. Many, however, do not develop for multiple platforms because the process requires significantly more resources. The catch 22 is that many applications will end up being unsustainable because they do not reach the full spectrum of app users. Developing across multiple platforms is essential for success. Here are some excellent resources for cross-platform app development.
RhoMobile offers a Ruby-based framework that enables developers to create applications for various smartphone devices and operating systems. Rhodes is the name of the open-sourced framework that is used. With this framework, developers are only required to write the code once. From the initial code, Rhodes can quickly modify the application’s code to build apps for different platforms, operating systems or smartphones. The applications may be adapted to all hardware including embedded GPS devices and cameras. RhoHub and RhoSync help developers keep application data current on mobile devices.
Appcelerator Titanium Development Platform
Corona SDK allows software developers to build for iOS and Android devices. Apps developed using the Corona kit are known for their high graphics while maintaining small size (starting under 400KB) and fast development time. On top of graphic quality, Corona apps are completely compatible with other functions like device cameras, GPS, compasses, etc. The kit is also supportive of both Android and iPhone user interfaces, so developers can use text features like keyboard inputs and fonts. No per-app royalties or branding requirements are imposed on developers using the Corona development kit.
Moscrif by Mothiva
Cross-platform applications only increase the competitive advantage of the developer. Clients that can use the same application regardless of the phone they select, appreciate this convenience. Additionally, this expands the number of potential customers that developers may have. Even the Developers should consider these five resources to develop applications that are stable and useful regardless of the smartphone device or operating system. Cross-platform application development resources significantly increase the flexibility and profit-generating capability of the smartphones and applications.
Blake Sanders is a tech writer at Mobile Phone Expert, the phone comparison website. He specializes in finding the best mobile phone deals and providing leading industry news and information.
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October 1st, 2011 at 5:48 pm
I would like to suggest that you add the Marmalade SDK to your list. The Marmalade SDK is a native C/C++ SDK that currently covers around 10 platforms and is expanding, including iOS, Android, Bada, Blackberry, Symbian, LG TV and others. Take a look at http://www.madewithmarmalade.com. I also wrote an introduction to the SDK at http://www.drmop.com/?p=99