Mobile app development tools: A buyer's guide
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Kony Studio from Kony Inc. is a mobile app development platform used for the creation of native and cross-platform mobile apps for Android, BlackBerry, iOS and Windows devices. The platform offers a number of mobile app development tools and features to aid developers with their native and cross-platform app development needs.
To ensure that an app built with the platform offers an optimal user experience, Kony Studio provides developers with APIs for native-like functionality, and static and animated widgets for native-like appearance. This includes 2D and 3D animation APIs for functions such as drag, rotate and scroll; it also includes control over widget placement for items like home screens. These device APIs and widgets give developers the freedom to build their apps, without worrying about whether or not the apps' custom features and appearance will translate across different mobile operating systems.
Kony Studio includes an auto preview tool that lets developers preview the app on phones, tablets and desktops. It also allows developers to share apps with reviewers or testers through the cloud. The mobile app development platform features a built-in, multi-edge native and Web debugging tool that lets developers diagnose and fix problem coding quickly.
Kony Studio is best suited for use by large development teams looking to develop enterprise applications. The platform is offered as a standalone software as a service (SaaS) product, but is also available as the primary development environment in Kony's Mobility Platform, which is marketed as a complete platform for application lifecycle management. If using Studio as a standalone SaaS product, the platform integrates with several other proprietary Kony development tools, including MobileFabric for mobile backend as a service needs.
Pricing and licensing information is available by contacting Kony. The company offers a free 90-day trial of the platform, available on its website.
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