Apps are the cheapest modes of entertainment. They are so much fun and so useful that they are becoming more popular than the web itself!  The ever increasing interest in them is creating a buzz amongst the youth to become developers and build the next ‘WhatsApp’. Today if someone told them that building a mobile app is no child’s play; they would simply turn around and reply that it’s neither ‘rocket science’. Reason being that the DIY app-making platforms are enabling budget-conscious businesses to build good functional mobile apps at a fraction of the cost with no requirement of hiring an expensive mobile app developer.

How can it be done? Simple, there are programs that allow an everyday consumer to become a developer and build apps through HTML, drag-and-drop platforms, customize templates and simply drop an SDK. All you need is a creative idea along with any of the following platforms which would bring about a successful mobile app even before you know it.

  • PhoneGap:

HTML, CSS, and JavaScript; the already well known and well-loved technologies have been used as the open source framework for quickly building cross-platform mobile apps. Hence you don’t have to use device-specific languages such as Objective-C.

Applications that are built with PhoneGap use the mobile platform’s Web view to render the content. PhoneGap does this by wrapping a Web view of the HTML, CSS and JavaScript in a native application. This is required because the Web view in an application inherently does not support many of the device features, for example access to the file system or the camera. PhoneGap uses a bridging mechanism that allows the JavaScript running in the Web view to invoke native code contained in the application. PhoneGap comes complete with plugins to support a number of device capabilities like accelerometer, camera etc.

  • Branded Business Apps:

This app development allows a user to create an app on iPhone, iPad or Android within 48 hours. It involves a simple five step process beginning with a design questionnaire, and ending with the drop into a template which is selected from a standardized list. The content management is done by the client through a CMS that allows a customer a variety of unique capabilities to select from, based on their needs. This extends even further to providing customers with instant awareness of directions via GPS and specials via push notifications. There is also an integration with social networks and other audio and video services which enables Musicians, professional speakers and other performers to distribute their own products just like a podcast in the App Store.

  • Eachscape:

This is one such platform that does not use built-in templates but instead encourages the option of thinking freely and building completely customized apps without any limitations. The best part is that one need not know any of the languages or HTML. The work is done by a library of components that are even adjustable through a small panel of exposed fields. For certain functionalities that extend beyond the already existing ones there is an option for the developers to provide a code. Hence through a simple drag and drop technique high quality custom apps can be managed across iOS, Android and HTML5, driven phones and tablets.

  • Canvas:

Canvas basically replaces expensive and inefficient paper forms with powerful apps on the smartphones and tablets. It does this by collecting information using mobile devices, shares that information, and integrates it with the existing backend systems. It provides businesses with the ability to record and request data, which is then stored and distributed through the Canvas cloud by converting it to PDFs and forwarding it back to the customers, it is hence made available to be searched and sorted. It can even be plugged into the clients’ back offices.

  • Cloudspokes:

The app development contest platform Cloudspoke which has been built by the cloud systems integrator Appirio is merged with TopCoder so that it could connect customers with the developers to enable them build better apps. CloudSpokes works in “cool” languages like the Node and Ruby. It is a one of a kind unique gamified network of freelance contributors since all the development work that is outsourced by companies are put up in the form of competitions whether it be work related to mobile applications, Facebook pages or even technical components for the enterprises. The customers are supposed to post a deadline alongside the technical specifications. The developers in the community then submit entries, which are judged by the customer itself or the CloudSpokes team.

  • Red Foundry:

This platform provides a unique technology of web mashup wherein fully native apps can be built and customized instead of going back and starting from scratch. Now the most interesting fact about this platform is its ability to integrate an app within another app. And hence this additionally provides users with highly contextual features. It can be used to build and manage mobile apps without the need to code and is available in Apple iPhone, iPad and iOS and Android.

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