Speed, performance, efficiency. Read just about any article released in the past 5 years on app development and you will see these words repeated again and again. Unfortunately, understanding that user experience is a selling point for mobile apps and actually creating an app that functions well are two completely different things. Without the right mobile app development tools, factors like speed and performance will be the first to get pushed aside.

However, you don’t have to settle for less and we want to show you how to combat this common misstep. In this blog post, we are going to take a closer look at 5 mobile app development tools that were designed to improve app performance.

With a better understanding of these tools and how to use them well, you will be equipped to handle even the most difficult app development issues. Let’s get started.

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Why does app performance matter?

First, we wanted to address why there has been such a major shift in app development toward efficient, performance-based methodologies in recent years. Put plainly, unless you are able to exceed, or at the very least meet the expectations of your users, you are going to have a hard time getting them to stick around. Reports are published every year detailing how quickly users will abandon an app if it doesn’t function properly and performance is at the root of this issue.

As app developers ourselves, there is nothing we hate more than seeing hours of work and thousands of dollars invested into a mobile app, only to see it fail due to an easily avoidable performance problem. With some researchers predicting that user experience will overtake product and service as the key customer indicators in the near future, there’s never been a better time to make the change.

What can be done to improve usability?

While there are plenty of different approaches to improve the usability and performance of your app, one of the most important steps you can take is to get started as soon as possible. From the planning and wireframing stage all the way through to quality assurance testing, performance should be a major consideration.

That being said, you might also want to review the principles of UX design. While the tools we will review next can give you the functionality you need, following these design principles will ensure a user experience worth celebrating. With that in mind, let’s take a look at 5 mobile app development tools for improved performance.

1. React Native

For a long period in the history of app development, cross-platform apps were much more difficult to produce than native applications. However, with mobile app development tools like React Native, this is no longer the case. Not only does React Native allow developers to write 95% of the same code across both Android and iOS with native-like capabilities, but its focus on user interface and experience sets it apart.

When considering a mobile app development tool for your project, React Native should be at the top of your list. Developers who are well-versed in JavaScript will appreciate the way React Native makes it easy to write code and implement UI concepts into the project. Along with that, being able to write code across platforms cuts down on cost and time-to-market. Ask your team if React Native is the right choice for your development.

2. Xamarin

Unlike the Java-centered React Native, Xamarin, our next mobile app development tool, is built on a C# codebase and works directly with native IDEs and languages. On top of that, only 75% of Xamarin’s code works across multiple platforms compared to React Native’s 95% threshold. Despite these setbacks, Xamarin has plenty of benefits that often outweigh developer’s concerns.

For instance, Xamarin has sample apps for guiding your development approach and jump-starting your project. The platform also allows for easier API integration, giving developers further access to tools and data centers that can make an enormous difference in the functionality of your app. While React is often a solid starting point, Xamarin might be the solution you are looking for.

3. MonoCross

Now, moving on from the two most popular mobile app development tools, let’s take a look at some more specialized platforms for developing performance-based applications. Monocross is the first we will take a look at, a development tool that allows for porting across devices and exceptional API experiences.

Although beginner’s may struggle with Monocross, more experienced teams can use the quirks of this platform to benefit their projects. Additionally, it allows users to lay out their user interface design in a way that matches a native experience for both iOS and Android. While maybe not the highest rated, Monocross will get the job done and may even surprise you.  

4. Kony AppPlatform

Moving on to our next mobile app development tool, Kony is by far the most flexible of app platforms. Using a low-code process, Kony is a favorite of enterprise app developers who are trying to expand with the growing demand of their app. Features like a drag-and-drop capability make it easy to lay out your UI and play with the visuals of your app.

Unfortunately, due to the niche use cases for this platform, there isn’t much documentation or support online for bug fixes and problem solving. Also, along with Monocross, there is a certain level of experience with app platforms required to get the hold of Kony. Make sure you have people on your team that are comfortable with this platform before jumping into your development.

5. RhoMobile Suite

Finally, the last of our mobile app development tools is RhoMobile Suite, which is powered by the Rhodes open source framework. The idea behind RhoMobile is to create applications with a robust UI and a data-centric approach, making it another popular choice for enterprise companies.

Additionally, unlike others we have mentioned, RhoMobile can also develop web apps at the same time as mobile, cutting down on cost and time-to-market. In terms of flexibility, RhoMobile allows for a lot of fun tricks and features. However, due to the limited nature of a smaller platform, RhoMobile still leaves much to be desired.

Final thoughts

As you can see, there is a series of different options for choosing a mobile app development tool that works for you. Finding the best tool for you is going to require additional research and the participation of your development team, but we hope that this gave you an idea of what is out there and pointed you in the right direction.

Remember, while these platforms will help your performance, a top-down focus on usability and efficiency throughout the development will do more than any tool ever could. It’s up to you to make this a priority, so why not get started today?