AppsBuilder is an Italian application development software that helps users with no coding knowledge to build native applications and distribute them to various application stores such as Google Play for Android and IOS store for Apple. AppsBuilder is an innovative mobile publishing and distribution platform that empowers SMEs and large enterprises to build a solid mobile presence, reach new customers, and improve client retention through powerful mobile apps. They have reported that they have approximately 8,000 apps on the market. Their target audience is web design firms, newspapers & bloggers, artists & entertainers, and hotels.
Although their initial focus and geographical strength was Europe, they now have clients around the world, with incredible growth rates in the emerging markets (South America, Middle East, Africa, India, etc.), although the platform has been adopted in these markets to meet local needs.
AppsBuilder feels that some of the keys to long-term success are ease of use, tutorials, and support & business results for their clients. They have sought to provide a service that would cost the same as an annual SEO/SEM project. AppsBuilder is able to create lists and directories (including directories linked to databases). Users can set up any type of list integrating the modules with an existing RSS feed. Additionally QR codes, app landing pages, social shares, and many other promotional tools can also be utilized to ensure consistent on-brand messaging. Escale Solutions highly recommends this software to its clients.
Now let’s have a look at how to create an application using this software(AppsBuilder) –
1. Login to AppsBuilder
The first and foremost step is to log in using your Google account when you go to the main page of AppsBuilder. Since our main aim to make an app free of cost, the trial version that the company offers is for 14 days only. We can publish an Android app or an IOS app.
2. Click “Create New App”
After login, you would be redirected to the dashboard of the website were on the top right, you need to click on “Create New App” to start the development.
3. Choose a Template
You would be required to choose a template depending on the type of application. Choose the one that suits your type. For example – University Template would look as follows:
4. Look Around
Although the free trial offers limited features, one can use the limited features to come up with a basic application. The free trial offers an already existing application present on the dashboard that can be modified. The blue arrow indicates the modify button.
After clicking on “Modify”, you enter the place where you get to add, remove content based on your choices and preferences. As you see any type of content can be added. Widgets that add fluidity to an application can also be added in this trial version.
You can preview the application on the smartphone by clicking the preview app which will redirect you to download an AppsBuilder preview application. Once this app is installed on your smartphone you need to put the App Id provided on the website while you are logged in. This App ID is used to communicate with the servers of AppsBuilder that load your modified application onto your smartphone screen.
So once you get the hang of the interface provided by AppsBuilder, it gets pretty easy to build simple and elegant applications on all platforms of smartphones. The paid plans can also be looked into if required.
Overall, AppsBuilder is powerful as it supports a wide range of publishing platforms, has plenty of no-coding design tools; the ability to code as needed. AppsBuilder does have various ad serving platforms to choose from.
Additionally, it allows developers to sell the app (requires pro plan). AppsBuilder has a strong arsenal of social media and community building tools. Additionally, users can chat among themselves, as well as add and share audio, pictures, and video. Also, all the major multimedia bases are covered by AppsBuilder – audio, photos, and videos. While AppsBuilder doesn’t have as many integration options as some other reviewed solutions, it does offer integrations with the most popular multimedia platforms (YouTube & Flickr). SoundCloud and the capability for radio & podcast streaming is another plus.
AppsBuilder offers the widest range of design options of all the app solutions reviewed to date. Also noteworthy is that each of these features is available even at the basic price level. For pro plans, AppsBuilder can have their graphics team layout the app design.
Where it fell short is the lack of integration with popular e-commerce shopping carts and the lack of an internal e-commerce solution. Of course, like most other solutions, it is possible to point a web-view to any online web store.
All points considered, AppsBuilder is a great tool for entry-level Android developers and can provide a solid initial foundation to people dreaming of making the next big app for themselves.