Top 6 trending tools for App Development in 2021 shortlisted by Grey Chain

Top 6 trending tools for App Development in 2021 shortlisted by Grey Chain
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Hello readers and young developers!

We hope that you are doing all good and that you have nabbed your Covid-19 vaccine. On one side, where people are bound to stay at home, on the other side, we have to agree that the pandemic has brought many opportunities for us. Likewise, for young developers, this can turn out to be an eminent period to enhance their skills, and practice useful mobile app development tools.

As companies and businesses are moving towards digitalization, app developers and companies should stay active with the updated industry trends. There are diverse app development tools that a developer can use to bring a satisfactory output for the client. Besides, it is integral for them to understand each tool precisely and use it accordingly. A good developer enjoys every tool while supporting the clients in reaching success.

In today’s blog, we will discuss the trending mobile application development tools of 2021 that help you to intensify your skills.

Let’s start with the advanced major programming languages/platforms that facilitate a developer in app development:

  • Swift: If you already know, Swift is a programming language to write codes for the iOS platform. It uses less coding and provides advanced features to your iOS app (Native to Apple). It is one of the effective and intuitive languages used in the development of macOS, iOS and other Apple platforms.
  • Kotlin: Modern programming language that helps in faster development. The codes are comparatively smaller than Java. Overall, it helps in lightweight app development with fewer bugs; concise and safe. It has prominent advantages over Java for Android and JVM.
  • Node.js: It is a server-based language developed on Chrome’s JavaScript. Node.js is used to build quick and scalable applications. It works best with data-intensive real-time app development. Besides, developers can avoid this for CPU intensive apps.
  • MongoDB: It is one of the renowned databases for modern app development. The application stores data in JSON data form.  and is a NoSQL type database. That means it keeps the data in documents instead of relational type format. It is extremely flexible and works perfectly according to modern business requirements.
  • Angular: It is another effective open-source platform for developing web and mobile applications. The framework is led by Google and is written in TypeScript. It supports building potential SPAs (Single Page Application) and assists in templating, modularization, two-way binding etc.
  • React.js: A trusted open-sources JavaScript library for UI element building managed by Facebook and members. It can undoubtedly be used by developers to build mobile apps and single-page applications. It mainly uses two components; functional and cloud-based. Using React.js is all about components!

Top ease to learn hybrid tools in 2021:

1) Flutter:

Google Flutter is a free and open-source platform used to build apps for iOS and android channels. The platform uses C++, Dart and other languages to write codes. Besides, it is the only framework that uses SDK for mobile and dispenses reactive styles (no JavaScript involvement).

Companies looking for an attractive design, regular animations and high performance can certainly try Flutter for their specific mobile development. Moreover, the platform uses a single codebase; it is the popular and growing cross-platform app development tool.


  • Fast Development
  • Hot Reload
  • Enhanced Performance
  • Consistent API
  • Flexible UI

Some popular apps developed using Flutter:

  • Google Ads
  • Alibaba
  • Cryptograph
  • Reflectly
  • Hamilton
  • School Planner

[2] React Native:

Facebook’s React Native is another popular open-source platform used by most developers. The technology is used to build applications for Android, iOS, macOS, AndroidTV, tvOS and others. It uses JavaScript and Reacts programming language to compose code and justify cross-platform development.

It possesses responsive UI and provides one of the best rendering services. Besides, the platform dispenses strong community support.


  • Short Development Time
  • Live Reload
  • Support Third-party Libraries
  • GPU Oriented App Development
  • Node Package Manager Installation

Some popular apps developed using React Native:

  • Walmart
  • Bloomberg
  • Shopify
  • Soundcloud Pulse
  • Wix

Apart from Flutter and React Native, there are some other mobile app development tools, which are comparatively slow, less popular and may lose their existence in the future (if they don’t develop advanced features). Let’s check out some of them below:

[A] PhoneGap:

Apache Cordova or PhoneGap is a reliable tool for app development, offered by Adobe. The platform is compatible with HTML5. Javascript and CSS3. Developers can positively work on it to produce iOS, Android and Windows native mobile apps. It is a free and open-source application that targets multiple OS using one code.


  • Reusable code
  • Offline scenario support
  • Access native device APIs
  • Custom plugins
  • Flexible web technologies

[B] Appcelerator:

Apprecelerator is also an open-source and cross-platform app development tool. Developers can use a single javascript codebase to work on different platforms. Other than JavaScript, the platform supports Java, Objective-C and Swift. Use the platform for native mobile apps, Mobile APIs and real-time analytics. It supports Android, iOS and Windows.


  • Reusable code
  • User friendly
  • Multilingual app building
  • Deployment Wizard
  • Git integration

[C] Xamarin:

Xamarin is a Microsoft owned app development platform consisting of .Net development tools, to develop apps for android, iOS. macOS and Windows. It can be positively used for native cross-platform mobile applications. It certainly dispenses native feel (interface and APIs).


  • Android and iOS native platform integration
  • Gaming
  • Visual Studio Integration
  • Google emulator manager
  • Native performance

[D] Sencha:

It is a mobile web app development tool supporting Java and JavaScript languages. Developers can consider this mobile web tool to create mobile apps with a native feel for specific devices. Besides, it delivers high-quality apps to users in terms of performance and security.


  • Custom engagements
  • Review enterprise code
  • Improved ROI and less risk
  • Application migration

Wrapped Up:

In the modern world, mobile apps have proven to be a major source of interaction for organizations and their clients. Besides, when it comes to mobile app development, there are numerous options to choose from across-platform mobile app development tools. Before we get into specific tools for android app development or iOS development, it is better to build a constructive plan discussing with your app development partner.

Also Read: Why choose Flutter cross-platform over React Native in 2021?

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