In the past you had to be a programmer to make an app, which would likely take weeks, months or even years. Now, however, there are numerous app-building platforms you can use to create an app in minutes. We’ve put together some of our favorites for you here.
Andromo is the most popular Android app-maker platform.
It only requires three steps to create your own app:
- Create an Andromo project.
- Fill out a few simple forms to add features, graphics, content and whatever makes your app unique.
- Click a button to build your app.
Unlike many of the other app builders, Andromo does not have a preview screen for you to see what your app will look like while adding items or changing formatting. After you create your app, they will email it to you. They do not support uploading the app to the Play store. For free, you can create one app with ads. If you upgrade to the lowest cost plan for $8 a month, you can have up to 50 apps and monetize them.
AppsGeyser is totally free. They boast no fees, charges, subscription plans, or limits. There are over 50 different available templates to get you started and make creating the app even easier. The site uses a preview screen to show what your app looks like, but I had a little trouble getting that to work consistently. Because it’s free, they don’t support the publishing of the app to the stores. They will get 50 percent of any monetization you do to make up for the cost.
If you want to find out more about creating apps with AppsGeyser, then head over to our tutorial.
AppMakr is a cloud-based app maker that allows you to craft iOS, HTML5 and Android apps. You have no limit to the number of apps you can build nor the number of updates you can add.
It has numerous features, including a high-resolution photo gallery, push notifications, live updates, music and video streaming, chat rooms, Google map integration, shared events calendars, in-app shopping and more. You can monitor your apps on a dashboard and adjust the appearance and functions of your app. You’ll add contents using tabs.
It is free to start but adds a one-time payment of $99 when you publish.
GameSalad is specific to building and publishing game apps for the Android, iOS, HTML5 and macOS platforms. Working on this platform does not require prior programming knowledge and involves the use of a drag-and-drop interface.
Its mode of operation includes the editing of characters in a scene, designing their features, sound and alternating between the characters.This builder includes drag-and-drop components, in-app shopping, and GameCircle APIs. The platform also includes a forum where you can ask other users’ opinions which can help the building of your app.
Starters get it for free but subsequently pay $299 per year.
5. Appy Pie
Appy Pie allows users without prior coding knowledge to build apps in the cloud. The platform can be used to create apps for Windows, iOS, and Android, which you can publish to Google Play or iTunes. It involves the use of drag-and-drop components, and no downloads or installations are needed.
The complete version of the created app is a hybrid that is based on HTML5 and works on all platforms, including Blackberry. You can send push notifications, view analytics in real time, monetize with ads and use GPS to track locations. You can also link your app to websites, blogs, audio, radio, media feeds and much more.
It has an appointment scheduler that contains features like One Touch Call and QR codes in which you can embed custom code and iFrames; this feature is particularly useful for most businesses. Using this platform can range from free to a platinum fee of $33 per month.
Using Appery to build apps is easy and fast. There is no need for writing codes or downloading and installing anything. It is done exclusively on the Cloud and uses drag-and-drop components to create the UI. This platform is used to build apps for Android, Windows phone, and iOS using Apache with the built-in component.
Appery has a plugin catalog that allows you to add some functions to your app, but you can also create plugins that would be specific to your app. It allows you to share your project with business users, customers or developers in real time. The price ranges from free to about $180 per month.
Swiftic changed its name from Como. It’s an instant app builder that allows you to create apps regardless of your experience. It ranks among the best mobile app makers because it has a variety of features for making money and engaging your customers. Como makes a novice seem like a pro, as it involves just three simple steps with dozens of themes that are categorized. All you need to do is choose an app category, select a theme and publish.
Many developers consider Swiftic’s features an upgrade when compared to those of other app builders. These features include advanced analytics which keeps track of app performance (to know what works and what does not). Other features on the app maker include a drag-and-drop interface, mobile commerce, user review, loyalty programs/coupons, ability to create a custom menu, RSS and social feeds, customization of the look and function of the apps, monetization features and push notifications.
If you’re considering an upgrade from the free version, Como could quickly become expensive (depending on your payment plan). It ranges from $29 per month (paying once in two years), $33 per month (paying once per year) to $39 (paying monthly).
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