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So, you’ve got an innovative idea that can be turned into an app but have limited programming skills? Worry not as there are several mobile app development tools that you can use with ease to create a great app.

With a user-friendly interface, plenty of user guides, and numerous available templates, you can develop and launch mobile apps instantly.

7 Most Popular Mobile App Development Tools in 2018

Here we list down some popular mobile app building tools and platforms that you can explore in 2018.


This cross-platform app builder can create apps for iOS, Windows, and Android mobile devices. It is an open-source, freeware program and uses the basic front-end languages (JavaScript, HTML, and CSS).

It allows you to work on different devices’ hardware features that include sound, camera, accelerometer, GPS, and more. To help you access its API library and create mobile apps using its native platform, PhoneGap offers online training courses and Adobe AIR app.

PhoneGap can be installed on MacOS and Windows. Before you launch your custom app, you can use a beta testing app (compatible with Windows, iOS, and Android mobile devices) to see how the app actually works.


Considered one of the fastest iOS-app builders, Xojo is actually a cross-platform app development tool that you can use to build native apps for web, desktop, MacOS, Raspberry Pi, and other operating systems.

Designing an app is easy with Xojo thanks to its drag and drop tools that let you intuitively and instantly assemble how the app would look. Xojo also has an impressive framework that enables you to seamlessly integrate internet protocols, pictures, media, and other details of your app.

If you are a beginner, you can browse through its extensive library of sample videos, documents, and projects. This makes app building easier even for those with limited coding skills.


NativeScript is free, open-source app development software that can be used to create powerful apps for iOS and Android. A totally free tool, it doesn’t have paid versions. It uses Angular, JavaScript and TypeScript language, and is integrated to Vue.JS as well as supports numerous plugins, sample code, and app templates for advanced functions.

Unlike working on other cross-platform app builders, you need to have basic knowledge of the command-line. You also need your own text editor. NativeScript comes with plenty of tutorials and docs, blogs, and community with “tens of thousands of active customers” so you can easily get answers should you have any questions.


Another popular mobile app development platform, Xamarin is used to create native applications. With this tool, you can reuse data access across platforms and business logic layers. It can create apps that are compatible with Android, iOS and Windows devices.

Xamarin operates in a mono framework that allows integration with mobile devices’ API. Available in the Component Store are cross-platform libraries, UI controls, and third-party libraries. According to users, Xamarin results in fewer bugs enabling users to build apps in a shorter time. It also allows application Deep Link and Indexing.


The preferred platform for developing mobile games, Buildbox uses simple drag and drop controls. Even if you have zero coding skills, you can still use Buildbox. Actually, this tool was specially created for this purpose: to encourage designers, entrepreneurs and game enthusiasts without programming knowledge to turn their ideas into actual apps.

In fact, the hit mobile games, The Line Zen and Color Switch, were actually made using Buildbox. It also has useful support and an amazing community of users.


If you want to develop apps with fewer lines of code, Appcelerator is a good pick. Apps built with Appcelerator can run on the web, Android, iOS, and Windows applications.

Many users prefer Appcelerator because it speeds up mobile app building process. It can develop apps for different operating systems and enables on-premises or virtual private deployment. Compared to other mobile app development tools, Appcelerator has a higher cloud capacity limits. It also operates on open-standards and full access to the native mobile OS.

Mobile Roadie

This custom app development tool can be used to create and manage apps for iOS and Android platforms. It supports different media types such as Twitter or Google News keywords integrations, automatic import of RSS, and auto-update of fan wall (especially for real-time social networking applications.) Mobile Roadie has free and paid versions.

Final Thoughts

There you have it: seven popular mobile development tools you can use this year. Again, these are just some of the numerous tools available out there. You can go check out which one suits your needs best. However, if you are not comfortable with your coding skills but really want to release an app; you can always seek the help of a mobile app developer or company.