Mobile applications are no longer a luxury but have become a necessity of day to day life. One of the biggest challenges that app developers faced before was creating applications that work well on multiple platforms. Not anymore; here we are sharing the cross-platform mobile app development tools that will help in designing cutting edge and productive apps in a short duration of time.

Xamarin

Xamarin has made it possible for the developers to design native apps for multiple platforms using only C# code base. The tool allows developers to use the same IDE, language, and APIs everywhere. Xamarin cross-platform development has been adopted by big names like Microsoft, Foursquare, IBM, and Dow Jones. If a developer wants to use Ruby or C#, then it is one of the most suitable development platforms for them. Xamarin platform allows the developer to share code, which means an app can be created in less time and at decreased cost.

Cons: The free version of Xamarin offers limited features and it does not allow a developer to use open-source libraries due to compatibility issues.

RhoMobile

The RhoMobile framework offers application tools to developers for developing multi-platform, native mobile and enterprise applications.

RhoStudio comes along with a free Eclipse plug-in; it allows developers to generate, develop, debug, and test applications, even in the absence of other hardware or an emulator. Here, a developer can easily access an offline data with Rho Connects.

Cons: One of the biggest disadvantages with RhoMobile is Its RhoElements RFID plug-in is not freely available for Windows Mobile/CE.

NativeScript

Here is another wonderful open source platform for building cross-platform mobile apps. The framework provides native APIs in JavaScript. Developers can easily reuse the available plug-in npm directly in NativeScript projects. It provides support for Angular.js 2 and TypeScript.

Cons: The resources are not extensive; one may not find useful examples and documentation on each of its features.