Your customers spend more time online than with any other media.
Your customers spend majority of that time on their smartphones.
In this era of on-demand economy, mobile apps are playing a vital role in the life of businesses. The customers today are on the move and prefer mobile applications to order something, search for, or to share something online.
A mobile application not only enhances your visibility over the platforms, but also reinforces your brand, keeps you connected with your customer, and creates a direct marketing channel to interact and engage with your customers.
Here's a tightly curated list of the 10 best application makers and app builders (for coders and non-coders) to help you succeed in your venture.
Appypie is a cloud-based DIY mobile application builder that allows users with no programming skills to create an application in three easy steps and publish it on app stores like Google Play, iTunes, etc. The platform has an easy drag-and-drop interface which lets you create HTML5-based hybrid applications which are compatible with all mobile platforms including Android, iOS, Windows, etc.
Appypie is trusted by Nike, LÓreal, Accenture, and thousands of other brands as the platform provides features like:
- Real-Time edits (no need to resubmit applications every time you make a change)
- Push Notifications
- Ads Monetization
- Live Analytics
- Location tracker
- Social media integration
- Payment gateway integration
- Broadcasting service integration
Be it a church, a radio station, a real estate business, an event planning business, or a restaurant, etc. Appy Pie has a solution for almost any type of business application.
You can choose from any one of the four freemium subscription plans based on your requirements for the supported platforms, disk space, bandwidth, support, push notifications, etc.
Swiftic markets itself as a big solution to small businesses. It is the everyman app maker that comes with all the tools to help you create and publish your business application, grow your customer base, and drive the results your business needs to succeed.
The platform has one of the widest range of ecommerce integration features including integrations with Shopify, WooCommerce, etc. It even supports creating in-app stores, uploading menu/catalogue, allowing online booking, monetizing with ads, including content from streaming websites, etc.
Swiftic is a great option of anyone who wishes to create an app connected to his website or a Facebook page, with automatic import of written content, images, videos, and other content from the RSS feed.
It is a premium app maker with subscription plan starting from $48 per month.
Unity is well known for being a leading game engine and IDE for cross-platform game development. What people don’t know about Unity 3D is that it can also be used to develop non-game applications including:
- architectural walkthroughs
- instructional interactive demonstrations
- training simulations
- product visualisations
Unity can also be used to create VR applications for Daydream, Cardboard, or Gear VR and other game-like cross platform applications.
BiznessApps is one of the companies fully dedicated to creating mobile applications for small businesses. The platform has an easy-to-use drag-and-drop app builder with live previewer which lets you create native iOS and Android applications and progressive web applications. Other than the technical features like streaming websites integration, RSS feed sync, QR scanner, Podcast support, etc. BiznessApps also provides specially designed mobile marketing features for better conversions. Some of these features are:
- Mobile Ordering
- Loyalty Programs
- Reservation/Appointment booking
- Mortgage Calculator
The platform also lets you manage your application from your mobile.
It is a premium app builder which comes at a price of $99 per month.
Mobile Roadie is one of the biggest players dealing in mobile application development. The platform has been used by big names like Disney, Universal, TEDx, etc. to create their applications.
This premium app maker has numerous features for better user engagements like a fan points reward system, geo-fencing, etc. You can also preview your application accurately on the free Mobile Roadie Connect application. They also guide you through the application submission process.
Mobile Roadie is one of the costliest mobile builder out there (thanks to its client-base: Taylor Swift, Madonna, One Direction, Red Hot Chili Peppers, etc.), but it surely fulfils the expectations with its great support team and interface.
Ibuildapp & dApp Builder
iBuildApp provides a great spread of features to create an application quickly and easily for your business. Other than the simple interface, iBuildapp also provides some impressive marketing features like email marketing, geotargeted notifications, RSS and Facebook Page sync, etc. for better user interaction and engagement.
The developers have also launched a new project – dApp Builder, which lets you create a decentralized blockchain-based application for your business. These applications run on smart contracts and can be used to accept cryptocurrencies.
Appery is a freemium app builder with subscription price starting at $60 per month.
Good Barber gives you the widest range of features (over 350) to customize your application. Other than the simple drag-and-drop interface, you can choose from over 7 fully customizable templates, 200 layout options, 150 fonts, 3000 icons, and 1,50,000 hi-res photos.
The platform has different interfaces and pricing plans for progressive web applications and Android and iOS native app development. However, you get to create PWA for free if you choose to buy the native app builder plans. The PWA apps plans start at €15 per month and native application plans start at €32 per month.
With over 3.5 million apps built on its platform, AppMakr is the largest (and probably among the most economical) mobile app publisher in the world. They guarantee that you can create your own mobile application in less than 20 minutes by using their simple drag-and-drop interface.
AppMakr is a perfect choice for anyone looking to create a simple not-so-fancy application for their business. The company also boasts their live 24x7 chat support system available in 16 languages and 100 countries.
It lets you create your mobile website for free but charges you to create native mobile applications. The subscription plans start at just $2 per month.
Besides providing a simple interface with customizable templates, Shoutem also creates custom applications for you but don’t charge you a fortune.
The app builder includes a complete set of content management tools, user engagement tools, and monetization options. It also lets you integrate your application with famous streaming websites like Youtube, Soundcloud, etc. and content websites like WordPress, Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter, etc.
It lets you publish your application under your own developer account to Google Play and iTunes and update it in real-time.
Shoutem offers 3 premium plans to choose from with the android only plan starting at $49 per month.