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The Top Five Mobile App Platforms

February 11, 2015 | Jennifer Goodwyn

Many small businesses have started producing their own mobile apps as a way of increasing visibility and customer interest. While creating a functional mobile app requires a certain level of technological savviness, virtually anyone can come up with an idea and get the ball rolling. If you've always wanted to build an app from the convenience of your own home or virtual office, but the time and financial investment is a hindrance, you still have options. Fortunately, there are many mobile platforms available that can help you build an app on a budget, quickly and efficiently, with no coding knowledge required.


This cloud-based mobile app builder can be used to create apps for Android, iOS, and even the Windows Phone. Since this builder operates in the cloud, you won't have to install or download any software onto your own desktop or laptop, making this platform easy to get started with quickly. The platform includes a visual editor with drag and drop components, which make it easy to build the UI. With Appery.io you can connect to any REST API and use it in your app. With plans that range from free to $180/month for Premium, you'll be able to create a functional app while easily sticking to your marketing budget.


BuildFire's goal is to make it easy for businesses to create their own mobile aps. Within the platform there are two ways to build an app: do it yourself, or have a BuildFire developer do it for you for free. Ideal for those with very little technological experience, the click and edit dashboard, no-coding platform, and ease of changing designs, colors, layout, and content lets anyone with zero tech skills create and develop a high-quality app in just a few minutes. With small business-friendly features, such as push notifications, calendar integration, and a mobile website, BuildFire is great choice for anyone.

Mobile Roadie

This platform allows anyone to create and manage their own iOS or Android app. Mobile Roadie supports all media types, and automatically imports RSS, Twitter, or Google News keywords. Also included in the platform is an auto-refreshing fan wall which allows users to chat with each other in real time. Although the platform's plans start at $125/month and cap out at $667/month for the Pro edition, you can use the free Mobile Roadie Connect app to preview your app from all multiple devices.

Appy Pie

Appy Pie is one of the fastest growing cloud-based DIY mobile app creation tools for Windows, Android, and iOS apps for a reason – it's quick, easy, and subscription plans start at only $7/month for a single app. One advantage of this platform is that the apps are automatically published to their respective app stores, including Appy Pie's own marketplace. With the platform, you'll have the options to send push notifications, monetize with ads, see live analytics, and use GPS to track location. Appy Pie's app management tools allow for real-time updates, custom coding, and better customer interactions.


Formerly Conduit Mobile, this three-in-one app maker allows all types of businesses to create, promote, and manage mobile apps. In addition to being a DIY mobile app builder, Como also helps with distributing and managing your app. The platform's Marketing Genie provides a wide range of services to promote your app both on- and offline – including Facebook advertising campaigns, QR codes, window stickers, and other print materials. Como's paid plans start at $33/month and include unlimited downloads and the ability to quickly and efficiently build feature-rich apps.