Developing a mobile application is only a hardcore programmer’s cup of tea once. Later we got hybrid mobile application developing platforms which help web developers like me who are good in HTML, CSS and JavaScript to use their knowledge and build Android applications. So far we have only talked about people who knows a programming language or who can code but what about other people who cannot code?
Well there is a way for those interested individuals and this article is for them.
Limitations
With web technologies, there are several web services which enable users to create simple mobile applications. As of now, you can’t rely on these web applications to help create complex mobile applications.
Nativ
Getting started with Nativ is a piece of cake, just sign up for a free account and start using it.
You can start creating a mobile app by choosing a template for the app. After choosing the template you should be presented with a screen with two tabs, Design and Features.
Layout, background image, font and logo can be modified under the design tab. Under the features tab you can select from a list of different streams that can be added to your app. Nativ has streams like facebook, twitter, PDF reader etc. Some streams like WordPress and Chat should be available soon.
Once you have completed your app, you should be able to see a preview on the right side of the screen. When you are finished, click the finish the app button.
By default nativ publishes the app under their own developer account but you can also publish under yours. Push notification features are available only under paid plans .
More info can be found in their faq.
Appy Pie
To get started with Appy Pie , sign up for an account and sign in. Once signed in you should see a link to create a new app.
Creating an app using Appy Pie is a 3 step process:
1. select a category
2. build your app
3. publish.
Start building an app by entering a name and selecting a category. Based on the category it will have some default splash and background images which you can change later.
Once on the second page, you have the options to add pages to your app, style your app and change the app navigation.
You can add different pages to your mobile app by clicking on the icons listed below. To customize the look and feel of your app click on the Style & Navigation tab. Styling and navigation options are neatly placed under a single tab and hence accessible.
Once finished with modifying the style and navigation of your mobile app, click on the publish tab to proceed. Based on your subscription plan you should be able to publish to an app store or test the app on your mobile.
Based on your pricing plan you will be able to use Push Notifications, Ads etc. in your mobile apps. You’ll need a developer account to publish to the Apple app store or Google play store.
On the Appy Pie market place you can preview mobile apps created using the service.

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