Retool mobile, a brilliant wrench for native iOS and Android apps

Business software application development uses ‘tools’.

Embracing the notion of virtual software-based wrenches enough to name its company after this reality, Retool describes itself as an enterprise software development platform.

The company’s new Retool Mobile has just hit public beta.

The software works to help developers build native apps for iOS and Android, even (and we quote) when they have “no prior experience” developing on mobile platforms.

Creating native mobile apps generally requires specific knowledge of mobile programming languages. With Retool Mobile, developers can now build these apps using only Javascript (which GitHub ranks as the most popular programming language) and SQL.

Drag and Drop UI Builder

With Retool Mobile’s drag-and-drop UI builder, any developer who knows SQL and JavaScript can create custom native apps for iOS or Android.

These apps can take full advantage of mobile hardware features like GPS, camera features, NFC, barcode scanning, etc.

“Customers have already used Retool Mobile to accelerate their mobile app roadmap,” said Sean Ren, Retool product manager. “[It] it’s a game changer for companies with large field workforces, who typically have relatively minuscule engineering teams to support them. Now even independent developers can build apps that support the work of their colleagues in the field.”

Retool Mobile also enables non-disruptive over-the-air (OTA) updates, so administrators don’t have to worry about version control or app store submissions.

“Retool has always been about giving developers the tools to build better software, faster,” said David Hsu, CEO and founder of Retool. “Retool Mobile extends this vision to the mobile workforce, providing businesses and employees with full-featured native mobile apps customized for their unique operating models.”

Retool Mobile supports a wide range of use cases and enables teams to build apps that might otherwise have been just ideas or relegated to backlog on the roadmap.

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