The Android & iOS Alternative Library and Tool Collection

A mobile project is typically implemented on both Android and iOS platforms.
Developers typically use different libraries and tools during the development. These teams not always synchronize their "toolbox" because they might work in separate teams or might belong to different subcontractors. However, in several situations it would be very beneficial to use similar tools and libraries during the development for both teams.

Since the beginning of Android and iOS platforms one of our main focus was mobile application development and in this post we share tools and libraries grouped in categories, that we typically use and we highlight the alternatives for Android and iOS platforms.

Please note that this list is not final and we update it frequently!

Network Communication

1. HTTP / REST Communication

iOS Android
Alamofire Retrofit

2. Image Caching

iOS Android
SDWebImage
Kingfisher
Glide
Picasso

3. MQTT (Message Queue)

iOS Android
Moscapsule Paho

4. TCP/IP, UDP

iOS Android
CocoaAsyncSocket Kryonet
Logging
iOS Android
CocoaLumberJack Timber
Hugo
Persistence

1. File management

iOS Android
- Android Simple Storage
Android External File Writer

2. Key-value storage / NoSQL

iOS Android
Realm Realm
Couchbase mobile
Paper
SnappyDB
IcePick (save&restore instance state)

3. ORM

iOS Android
MagicalRecord SugarORM
GreanDAO
ActiveAndroid
User Interface

1. UI collections

iOS Android
Awsome iOS UI Awesome Android UI

2. Animation

iOS Android
AFViewShaker Circular Tools
Android View Animations

3. Charts

iOS Android
ios-charts MPAndroidChart
AndroidCharts
AChartEngine

4. Custom Menu

iOS Android
ECSlidingViewController Android Reside Menu

5. Loading

iOS Android
MBProgressHUD Circular Progress Button

6. Validation

iOS Android
- Android Saripaar

7. Other

iOS Android
- SmartTabLayout
Debugging
iOS Android
FLEX Stetho
LeakCanary
Crash Reporting
iOS Android
Fabric.IO Fabric.IO
Analytics
iOS Android
Analytics for iOS
Mixpanel
Analytics for Android
Mixpanel
Testing
iOS Android
Kiwi
Specta
Quick
Kif
Subliminal
Calabash
Robolectric
Espresso
Mockito
Awsome Android Testing
Programming

1. Event Handlers

iOS Android
SwiftEventBus EventBus

2. Dependency Injection

iOS Android
Typhoon Dagger 2

3. Reactive Programming

iOS Android
RxSwift
ReactiveCocoa
RxAndroid
RxJava

4. Util libs

iOS Android
- ButterKnife (view injection)
Android Annotation
Guava
Greenrobot-common
Mortar
Flow
Device Year Class

5. Date Formatters

iOS Android
ISO 8601 Date Formatter ThreeTenABP
Joda-Time
Tools and Collections
iOS Android
Cocoa Controls Awsome Android
Android Must Have Libraries
Android Arsenal

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Authors:
Tibor Kántor
Péter Ekler
Balázs Gerlei