Top 17 Mobile Application Development Platforms

Last updated: August 14, 2021

Mobile Application Development Platforms allow to quickly build, test, run and manage native mobile apps.
Appy Pie's No-code Application Development Platform Software provides drag-and-drop tools that enable businesses to design, develop, integrate mobile and web applications quickly without coding.
The Ultimate App Creator for iOS & Android. Build mobile apps in a fraction of the time and cost using BuildFire’s powerful and easy to use mobile app builder platform.
The most powerful App Builder to create your iOS, Android app and PWA. Easily create a Shopping App or a Content Management App. No technical knowledge required.
The complete mobile app platform. Focus on creating unique & engaging apps on any platform. We take care of everything else your app needs, from the core of your app to analytics and push notifications.
The #1 App Builder for Small Business. Using our do-it-yourself platform, scan your website for content and fill in any additional information. Choose our premade templates or start from scratch. Quickly build Native iOS, Android and Mobile Websites.
Shoutem is the most efficient app development platform. Save time and money when creating apps by using modular building blocks called extensions
Free and open source, Ionic offers a library of mobile-optimized HTML, CSS and JS components for building highly interactive apps. Built with Sass and optimized for AngularJS. The beautiful, open source front-end framework for developing hybrid mobile apps with HTML5.
Accelerate Mobile Innovation in the Enterprise. The only cloud-based platform with visual development tools and integrated backend services. Build iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and HTML5 Mobile Apps
Microsoft owned free cross-platform open-source app platform for building Android and iOS apps with .NET and C#.
Google Firebase is a realtime backend as a service that allows you to create incredible apps. Save, Store and Update Data in realtime. Build realtime mobile and web apps in minutes using client-side code and our powerful API. Save time. Delight your users.
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Everything you need to create great, native mobile apps—all from a single JavaScript code base.
Build great apps powered by open web standards. Cut down on development time by re-using your existing web dev skills, frameworks and tools. Get all the benefits of cross-platform development while building apps just the way you like. Easily create apps using the web technologies you know and love: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
App Builder for busy small business owners. Build Android and iOS apps quickly and without writing a single line of code.
Build a better way to work. You need to manage your tasks, your projects, and your team. Now you can build an app to achieve your goals with Amazon Honeycode. No programming required.
AppGyver most advanced platform for building hybrid mobile apps with HTML5. We've selected the best of what HTML5, native APIs and the top frameworks have to offer. We've then modified, improved and re-imagined them to bring you the best blend possible.
Build an iPhone App Online, - online native app builder, iPhone app template, Restaurant app, Business App.
Create an app for your business with intuitive editor. Customize app's look and feel: edit layout, images, buttons and color schemes. Add functional features, fill in your content Review and test your app on a mobile device

Latest news about Mobile Application Development Platforms

2021. Wix launches a no-code app builder for $200 per month

Wix has announced a new product for business owners called Branded App by Wix, which allows users to develop native apps without writing code. Wix provides tools for people and businesses to manage their online presence, but it’s most well-known for its drag-and-drop website builder. Now, the platform is expanding its user-friendly approach by making it possible for anyone to build an app without learning how to code. At $200 per month, Branded App by Wix is no small investment; users will also have to pay a yearly $99 fee to be on the App Store, and a one-time $25 fee for Google Play. But according to Wix, native mobile apps can help businesses ultimately drive more sales.

2020. AWS launches Amazon Honeycode - no-code mobile and web app builder

AWS launched Amazon Honeycode, a new, fully managed low-code/no-code development tool that aims to make it easy for anybody in a company to build their own applications. All of this, of course, is backed by a database in AWS and a web-based, drag-and-drop interface builder. Like similar tools, Honeycode provides users with a set of templates for common use cases like to-do list applications, customer trackers, surveys, schedules and inventory management. Developers can build applications for up to 20 users for free. After that, they pay per user and for the storage their applications take up.

2017. Xamarin now lets run and test iOS apps directly from Windows

Untill now Microsoft’s Xamarin already allowed to develop iOS applications in Visual Studio but they still needed a Mac to build and test apps. But with the new Xamarin Live Player, they can deploy, run, test and debug iOS apps directly from a Windows PC that runs Visual Studio. To enable this new functionality, developers have to install the Xamarin Live Player app on their iOS device and then pair it to their PC by scanning a QR code on their screen. With this, Microsoft is closing the loop for most developers and is getting a step closer to its goal of positioning Windows 10 as the preferred operating system for cross-platform development.

2016. Microsoft launched its no-coding app builder

Microsoft opened the new service PowerApps that allows anybody to build basic business apps without having to touch any code. These apps can run on the web and on mobile (through the PowerApps apps for iOS and Android).  Building apps in PowerApps is mostly a drag-and-drop affair. While the service offers an online dashboard, the design work happens in a Windows 10 desktop app. It also offers a number of templates for a couple of standard use cases. For the most part, though, building new apps from scratch is pretty straightforward — though maybe not quite as trivial as Microsoft’s marketing wants to make it look.

2016. Microsoft's development platform Xamarin integrates with Visual Studio

Xamarin, the cross-platform development platform Microsoft recently acquired, launched updates to almost all of the core features of its platform. Xamarin is open-sourcing its SDKs for Android, iOS and Mac under the MIT license. These SDKs include the command-line tools for building applications, as well as Xamarin’s cross-platform Xamarin.Forms UI framework. The Xamarin IDE (for Mac), though, will remain closed-source for now. A lot of the new functionality is coupled to Microsoft’s tools, especially Visual Studio. iOS developers who want to code in C#, for example, can now use Xamarin’s iOS Simulator right from Visual Studio on Windows (though the simulator itself still has to run on a networked Mac and Visual Studio essentially creates a remote connection to it). In addition, Visual Studio/Xamarin users can now deploy apps to iOS devices that are plugged into the Windows machine’s USB port right from Visual Studio, too.

2016. Microsoft acquired mobile development service Xamarin

Microsoft acquired Xamarin, the service that allows developers to build fully native apps across several platforms from a single shared code base. Microsoft and Xamarin have worked closely together since a global partnership was announced in 2013 to make it more simple for mobile developers to build native apps on platforms in Visual Studio. This acquisition will allow Microsoft to greatly improve its own set of a developer tools and help spur development of mobile and Universal apps for Windows 10 devices. The combination of Xamarin, Visual Studio, Visual Studio Team Services, and Azure will provide a complete mobile app dev solution - everything you need to develop, test, deliver and instrument mobile apps for every device.

2016. OutSystems raises $55M for its app delivery platform

OutSystems, the service that helps enterprises quickly build mobile business apps, announced that it has raised a $55 million funding. Using the company’s platform, enterprise developers can quickly build applications that integrate with a number of third-party business applications. These include the likes of SAP,, Workday and others. The core of the service is a graphical development tool. Developers can take the code this tool generates and extend it, but for many use cases, OutSystems users don’t have to touch any code.

2015. Bizness Apps launched a new white-label App Builder

Mobile apps builder for small business Bizness Apps is launching Apex, a complete rebuild of their app builder platform. The new platform was built with the goal of shortening total development time, and will combine design, app building, and marketing all into one web-based platform. Essentially, Apex contains everything someone a web professional needs to quickly build interactive apps for clients. Apex bucks the trend by allowing builders to easily add interactive modules like loyalty programs, ordering systems, and deep location-aware features features. The platform also allows builders to customize the look and feel of their app, all the way down to specific fonts and colors. Apex also handles submission of the app to both iOS and Android app stores, as well as offers builders post-approval features like push notifications and engagement tracking.

2015. Xamarin improves its mobile app development platform

Xamarin, the C#-centric cross-platform mobile app development platform, has launched the new version of its service. With this update, the company is launching a number of new features across its portfolio of tools, which now range from frameworks and emulators to a mobile app testing service and analytics. The overall theme is to simplify the service and to provide developers with a more integrated experience across Xamarin’s growing number of tools and services. This, for example, means Xamarin Studio and Visual Studio users can now call up tests on the Xamarin Test Cloud right from their IDEs. Similarly, the code for implementing the Xamarin Insights app monitoring service for tracking down performance issues (and crashes) is now automatically integrated into project templates. With this update, the company is also making Insights generally available.

2014. Mobile app builder Parse adds crash reporting and local datastore

Parse, the mobile development platform that Facebook acquired last year, offers developers a pretty complete feature lineup, but one thing that was always missing was crash reporting. While Parse offers an analytics service, developers always had to use third-party tools to capture when their apps crashed. But today this feature becomes available. Also new is support for Parse’s local datastore on iOS. The company previously launched this feature for Android. With this framework, developers can now more easily allow users to still use some of the critical features of their apps even when they are offline.

2014. Mobile app builder AppGyver acquired competitor AppArchitect

Mobile app development company AppGyver announced the acquisition of AppArchitect that provides app-building tools through a drag-and-drop, no-code interface. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. AppGyver is known for development of Steroid.js, a command-line based tool for quickly building HTML5 apps, along with their own drag-and-drop composer. AppArchitect’s main product is also a drag-and-drop composer for iOS apps, with no coding experience necessary. Both companies provide a similar tool in the app composer, and AppGyver’s backend cloud services allow for AppArchitect users to expand into Android for the first time. As a first step in the acquisition, the teams are launching AppArchitect 2.0, which has a brand new, flat design, full support for Android, and new premium features like comments and video channels.

2014. App builder Parse adds A/B testing for push notifications

Facebook subsidiary Parse is rolling out a new feature - Parse Push Experiments - aimed at marketers and developers whose apps use the Parse SDKs. It lets A/B test different messages and times for push notifications that go out to mobile devices. The update works with apps that already use the latest versions of the Parse SDKs with no changes needed on the developer’s side of things. Instead, there’s now an option on the push composer in the Parse web console that lets you access A/B testing. Parse says that in the last month, it sent out 2.4 billion mobile push notifications. Having A/B testing built into a distribution system that big will have a huge impact on how and when millions of people decide to engage with their devices.

2014. Progress Software buys mobile development platform Telerik

Progress Software announced it was buying Telerik for $262.5M. Telerik’s portfolio includes a .net toolbox, a mobile development platform and a CMS called Sitefinity, as well as access to a developer community of over 1.4M people. Progress describes itself as “simplifying the development, deployment and management of business applications on-premise or in the cloud, on any platform or device, connected to any data source.” Last year Progress bought Platform as a Service provider, Rollbase. Then it purchased Modulus, a company that gives it play in Node.js. Today’s purchase of Telerik is another step in that strategy. Telerik will give Progress some serious UI chops it had been lacking and builds on these other tools.

2014. Google acquires mobile app builder Firebase

Google acquired Firebase, a backend service that helps developers build realtime apps for iOS, Android and the web that can store and sync data instantly. Firebase team says that the service will continue to work as before and remain platform-agnostic. For Google, this acquisition mostly seems to be about technology and talent, but it will also introduce Firebase’s 100,000 developers to its Cloud Platform. This is Google’s third major acquisition for its Cloud Platform this year after acquiring monitoring service Stackdriver (and quickly integrating it) and Zync for bringing visual effects rendering to its cloud computing service.

2014. Enterprise mobile app platform Kinvey gets $10M funding

Mobile development platform for business Kinvey now has $10.8 million in fresh Series B funding. Boston-based Kinvey will use its new dough to finance product development, boost enterprise sales and build more channel and integrator partnerships. The selling point of mobile-focused platforms like Kinvey, AnyPresence or Parse is to give mobile-first developers higher-level capabilities tailored for their needs than comes with a more generic Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). With Kinvey as opposed to say, your-favorite-PaaS-company, developers don’t have to sort through all the minutia of the relevant APIs to build an application — a lot of that higher-level work is already done for them as part of the service. Of course most PaaSes are adding more mobile-specific services blurring that line. And cloud giants Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services have added their own perks specifically for mobile developers.