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Appcelerator

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Appcelerator vs Kinvey: What are the differences?

Developers describe Appcelerator as "Build network-connected mobile applications across native platforms and the web". Appcelerator is the first mobile platform to combine the flexibility of open source development technologies with the power of cloud services. On the other hand, Kinvey is detailed as "Cloud Backend as a Service for any app". Kinvey makes it ridiculously easy for developers to setup, use and operate a cloud backend for their mobile apps. They don't have to worry about connecting to various cloud services, setting up servers for their backend, or maintaining and scaling them.

Appcelerator and Kinvey belong to "Mobile Backend" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by Appcelerator are:

  • Library of over 20 pre-built common services that are both proven and robust, to reduce integration time and risk, services such as push notification, status updates, photo storage, and social integration, or create your own custom cloud services.
  • Client-side APIs for any development platform (e.g. Titanium, iOS SDK, Android SDK)
  • Extensibility enabling you to build your own custom cloud application development services in Node.js on the Appcelerator cloud for all your mobile apps.

On the other hand, Kinvey provides the following key features:

  • User Management- Add any number of users, using the authentication systems of your choice.
  • Business Logic- Kinvey's custom business logic allows you to host your code in our cloud.
  • Data Storage- Instantly and securely sync data between your app and Kinvey backend.

"Easy to learn" is the top reason why over 3 developers like Appcelerator, while over 2 developers mention "Easy setup" as the leading cause for choosing Kinvey.

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Pros of Appcelerator
Pros of Kinvey
  • 5
    Android
  • 4
    Open Source
  • 4
    Easy to learn
  • 2
    Great community
  • 2
    Javascript
  • 2
    IOS
  • 1
    Angular.js beta
  • 1
    Vue.js beta
  • 1
    Native UI
  • 1
    Lots of native modules, components, libraries
  • 1
    MVC-based
  • 1
    Paid plans available
  • 1
    Free
  • 1
    Write directly to iOS and Android SDK with JavaScript
  • 5
    Easy setup
  • 2
    Excellent documentation
  • 2
    Great free tier for testing prototypes
  • 2
    MongoDB
  • 1
    Will be discontinued sometime in 2023
  • 1
    Great customer support

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Cons of Appcelerator
Cons of Kinvey
  • 1
    No online IDE
  • 1
    Base plan starts at $2,500 / year

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What is Appcelerator?

Appcelerator is the first mobile platform to combine the flexibility of open source development technologies with the power of cloud services.

What is Kinvey?

Kinvey makes it ridiculously easy for developers to setup, use and operate a cloud backend for their mobile apps. They don't have to worry about connecting to various cloud services, setting up servers for their backend, or maintaining and scaling them.

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What are some alternatives to Appcelerator and Kinvey?
Xamarin
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Android Studio
Android Studio is a new Android development environment based on IntelliJ IDEA. It provides new features and improvements over Eclipse ADT and will be the official Android IDE once it's ready.
React Native
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Ionic
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PhoneGap
PhoneGap is a web platform that exposes native mobile device apis and data to JavaScript. PhoneGap is a distribution of Apache Cordova. PhoneGap allows you to use standard web technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript for cross-platform development, avoiding each mobile platforms' native development language. Applications execute within wrappers targeted to each platform, and rely on standards-compliant API bindings to access each device's sensors, data, and network status.
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