Build App for iOS (iPhone, iPad), Android, Windows Phone and Windows Desktop

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  1. Thomas
    Thomas avatar
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    May 2014

    Posted 27 May 2014 Link to this post


    Can I build with AppBuilder an App, that will be running on
    - iOS (iPhone, iPad)
    - Android
    - Windows Phone
    - Windows Desktop (for Example in InternetExplorer or Firefox)?

    We have developed a CRM-Solution based on .NET, C#, WPF (as a Windows Desktop Application), SQL Server

    Now, we have some customers who whishes a mobile client for the App. Some need the Client for Android, some for iOS and other need a WebClient running in a InternetExplorer or Firefox on Windows Desktop.

    Now, we don't have enough ressources to build an seperate app for each need (each plattform). On my search for an alternative, I have found AppBuilder.
    Now, my question is, can I build one (Hybrid-)App, which is running on iOS (native?), Android, WindowsPhone and on WindowsDesktop in InternetExplorer/Firefox? The last one (IE/Firefox) is very important.
    When yes, which package do i need for this? - Would there be samples to getting started?

    Thank you for your response.

    Best Regards, Thomas Kehl
  2. Tina Stancheva
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    Posted 30 May 2014 Link to this post

    Hello Thomas,

    AppBuilder is an IDE in which you can build iOS, Android and WindowsPhone 8 hybrid apps. By leveraging Apache Cordova, AppBuilder enables developers to use their existing skills in HTML and JavaScript to build applications accessing the device APIs from JavaScript. This is why applications built with AppBuilder run as native applications on the device and can therefore be submitted to and distributed through application stores.

    Having the above information in mind, I believe that in your case you will need to carefully evaluate the requirements of your application before choosing the toolset and frameworks to use to build it.

    For instance, if your mobile application needs to access and use the mobile devices sensors, data and functions, then AppBuilder can be a great fit for you. It allows you to create a mobile app that runs on iOS, Windows Phone 8, and Android in a few minutes. AppBuilder, however, is not an environment for creating web applications which means that you will have to create a separate Web project to represent the web version of the application. If you decide to try AppBuilder, you can start by looking through its extensive documentation resources. Additionally, to help you get started with the development of hybrid mobile apps, AppBuilder provides various sample apps further described in the Sample Apps article.

    If, on the other hand, you need a web version of your application that can run on mobile devices without having to access the devices API, then you can create a Web project with a mobile version. In that case, you can take advantage of our Kendo UI suite as the widgets it includes:
    • Feature responsive capabilities to offer user experience tailored to the end-user's device
    • Handle touch events in the same manner as those triggered by a keyboard or a mouse
    • Are fully compatible with the Bootstrap responsive layout framework 
    Another option would be to take advantage of th
    e components included in our UI for ASP.NET AJAX suite which are also build to work equally well on mobile and desktop devices.

    In any case, I would recommend trying the Telerik Platfrom which is
    the only modular platform that combines a rich set of UI tools with powerful cloud services to develop web, hybrid and native apps. You can examine the Application Development with the Telerik Platform tutorial to evaluate and test the tools it offers and decide if they can help you implement your application.

    We will be more than happy to assist you with the development of your application so please don't hesitate to write back if you have more questions. Also, if you can share more information about the requirements of your web/mobile application we might be able to suggest a more specific toolset and approach for building it.

    Tina Stancheva

    Share what you think about AppBuilder and Telerik Platform with us in our feedback portal, so we can become even better!

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