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7 Tools New Mobile Developers Should Try

7 Tools New Mobile Developers Should Try

Mobile app development is a booming business. According to App Annie’s Mobile App Forecast Report, mobile app demand is growing. Expected growth is about 20% between 2015 and 2020. App developers are utilizing a variety of tools to keep up with demand.

Whether you are a new or seasoned mobile app developer, here are some tools you can use.

1. Appery.io

Appery.io is the only cloud-based, drag-and-drop app development tool and you don’t have to download any software to use it. This platform is great for new app developers because the GUI is very intuitive and easy to learn.

The only downside is the pricing structure. Prices can fluctuate every couple of months and they don’t provide a refund policy.

2. Build Fire

If you want to build apps quickly, Build Fire is arguably the best app development platform on the market. Build Fire developers can create new apps in as little as five minutes.

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There are a few reasons Build Fire is so highly rated by experts at CNN, Forbes, and Entrepreneur:

  • It doesn’t require any coding skills.
  • Build Fire comes with a number of great templates.
  • They provide great support.

Many new and experienced developers are using Build Fire to create apps for both Android and iOS devices.

3. Appcelerator

Appcelerator has been one of the most popular app development platforms since 2006. It relies heavily on JavaScript and MBaaS to create native mobile apps.

You need to be proficient in JavaScript to use Appcelerator. However, it’s one of the most versatile Activella platforms available.

It has extensive libraries of algorithms which can help you streamline the development process.  Appcelerator also has several mobile test automation and mobile analytics features, which will help you troubleshoot your apps.

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Appcelerator is one of the best platforms for developing commercial apps that work on multiple operating systems.

4. Alpha Anywhere

Alpha Anywhere is a specialized app development tool used for creating hybrid apps that can work offline. These apps are available on both desktop and mobile devices.

Alpha Anywhere relies heavily on SQL technology. The company provides great support for off-line mobile development.

5. AppInstitute

AppInstitute is another drag-and-drop app development tool that doesn’t require any coding. Unlike Appery.io, it does require you to download the software. However, it has some unique features that make it a great app development platform.

Appery.io also has a CRM tool for monitoring sales, analytics, and push notifications.

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6. AppMakr

AppMakr is another tool for developers that want to create apps without having to write code. It has a number of prebuilt functions that let you create native android and iPhone apps with minimal effort. You can also use AppMakr to build mobile websites in HTML5.

Unfortunately, like most code-free app development solutions, there are limitations. You may not be able to develop apps with all the features you want. If you really want to create a highly useful app, you’ll need to go back and tweak the code a little.

In other words, AppMakr is a great tool for developers without any programming background. However, developers that are proficient in JavaScript and HTML 5 have the freedom to create more powerful and feature-rich apps.

7. App Press

App Press is a mobile app development tool that was produced for front end designers without a strong programming background. It is built off of an Amazon cloud-based platform.

While you won’t be able to create the most sophisticated apps, App Press lets you create simple ones very quickly. The company claims that many of its new users are developing apps in as little as a day. More experienced developers can create five or more apps a day.

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If you need to create multiple apps quickly, this is a great tool to have.

Developing mobile apps from scratch requires extensive programming knowledge. Fortunately, there are plenty of great tools that streamline the process. Even experienced CSS, JavaScript, and HTML5 programmers are using these tools to create apps more quickly.

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Last Updated on December 18, 2020

Can Technology have Biases Like Humans?

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Creating technological solutions transparently

This article suggests that the process of creating technological solutions be made transparent and subject to contribution from many people who would end up as users of the product – male, female, young, old, learned, unlearned and all other preferences as we have them. It also underscores the importance of having women on product development teams. This approach is not sure to eliminate all forms of bias, but it is a good way to start in order to appraise the full benefits of technology.

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Technology so far has been a major connecting tool amongst us humans. It is used and appreciated by all regardless of race, language and sex. In order to keep it less subjective to these arguments about human biases. I believe we should gather opinions on products and solutions before making them available to the public. This could be done by gathering input from intended target users and receiving feedback across the stages of production.

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“Recognizing the problem is a start…success will depend on inclusive technologies that meet this vast untapped market.” This cannot be more apt especially at a time when we look up to technology for solutions. We should not muzzle our progress with technology by battling algorithm bias. The first way to avoid this battle is by reading this article here.

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