Apps are now a staple part of every smartphone device. As more people and businesses incorporate them into their digital repertoire, a free service could you save a lot of money. It depends on what you need. If you’re looking for a simple app to promote a personal brand, you have no coding experience, and don’t mind some third-party ads, here are three of the best free sites out there:
This site claims that you can create an app in just 20 minutes using three simple steps: sign up, select your business type, and then get building. One clever feature is the ability to import details from your Facebook page to automatically create the app – or you can choose to manually build it.
Though the interface feels slightly outdated, the site is simple to use and when you publish, you receive an app that works with Android, iOS and Windows Phone.
2. Appy Pie
The Appy Pie website is very user friendly. You just fill in a few details, select some design options and launch your app. During the design process, you also get a preview of what it will look like on a range of platforms and mobile devices, from an iPad to a BlackBerry smartphone or an Android tablet.
The intuitive interface is clean and sleek in design. It uses simple drag and drop and there’s a support chat box if you get stuck. There’s also a game builder, which lets you choose from 12 basic formats and try your game from the interface.
MobinCube offers a great level of customization, compared with other offerings. When you start building, you can choose from more than 30 templates (all of which can be modified) or build your app from scratch.
The drag and drop design process is feature-rich. For example, the ‘Data View’ screen allows you to build more complex apps that contain a lot of data and images, and organize that information into manageable categories.
With all these features, the interface is a little difficult to navigate when you start designing. All pricing plans (including the free option) allow you to upload your app to the major stores, with no download limits.
If you need a high-end feature-rich offering, then you’ll need some bespoke code, whether you modify the app source code in MobinCube or use a paid-for service, such asBuildFire, that lets you access its SDK.
If you want an app to engage with customers and further your reach, these free services are all great options. Both AppyPie and MobinCube give you the option to upgrade if demand increases. If your app does fail to capture the public’s imagination, you can rest assured that you haven’t wasted a lot of money.
This is a guest post by Gemma Church, ‘the freelance writer who gets tech.’A specialist journalist, blogger, copywriter and ghost writer for the science and technology sectors. As a former UX developer and research scientist, her writing brings a unique level of understanding and experience that most writers cannot offer.