How To Quickly And Easily Build Mobile Apps

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Mobile apps are growing at a phenomenal rate. In 2012, there were 1.2 billion mobile app users and this is expected to grow to 4.4 billion by 2017. In 2013, between 56 billion and 82 billion app downloads were estimated – over 40 app downloads per smartphone user. If these statistics don’t convince you that mobile app development is a clever career route to take, then nothing will. It begs the question, though – how to quickly and easily build mobile apps?

Tools
First of all, you will need a decent set of development tools to build with. There are a plethora of options, so you’ll need to have your head screwed on when thinking about which ones are right for you. iOS apps and Android apps require different sets of software. The best way to approach it is work with the basics – if you have an iPhone and a Mac, develop iOS apps; if you have an Android phone and Windows PC, go for Android apps.

Software
Once you’ve settled on your tools, you will need a good software to work with. Appery.io is a good option, as you can use this platform to build Android, iOS and Windows Phone apps with relative ease. Appery is a cloud-based service so you don’t need to download or install anything and you can work away at your building online.

Another excellent option is Conduit. This, again, is a cloud-based platform so there are no downloads or installations involved. Another big advantage is that it’s free. Forbes’ Reuven Cohen called it “by far the simplest mobile application builder I’ve found”. He also says you can build iOS and Android apps in minutes – great for beginners to practice with.

Tutorials
Forbes have a great step-by-step guide to building your first mobile app. It takes you from the conception stage right through to the prototype stage with relatively simple language and content to kickstart your mobile app development career.

Creative Bloq have another easy to follow guide and, fortunately, have embedded videos to make it that little bit easier for a beginner to follow.
If mobile app development has won you over, check out the Code Institute’s course which introduces you to JavaScript, PHP, GitHub and more, providing you with the skills you need to get started in mobile app developing.