Easy Apps with PhoneGap for Cross Platform Development

Too many discussions about cross-platform development. Many confusions for a newbie in the world of PhoneGap. PhoneGap, PhoneGap Build, Cordova and all the resembling terms. But then there is always a beginning in figuring out.

PhoneGap is a free and open source mobile development framework that allows creating hybrid mobile apps in the comfort zone of standardized web technologies like HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. These mobile apps are then rolled out on the platforms of choice like iOS, Android, Windows Phone or Blackberry. It helps the developers to avoid the usage of native languages or languages specific to devices, thus having a scope for re usability of efforts and speed of development. It wraps HTML, CSS and JavaScript code into native containers depending upon the platform of the device, extending the features of HTML and JavaScript to work with the device.

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Though of late HTML5 provides access to device specific hardware, PhoneGap framework also embeds HTML5 code inside a native WebView on the device, using a foreign function interface to access the native resources of the device. Native plug-ins can be integrated through JavaScript with the HTML5 pages. Some basic plug-ins that are accessible through PhoneGap are

  • Accelerometer
  • Camera
  • Compass
  • Microphone
  • Speaker

Some believe that PhoneGap is not as good as the native counterparts, but the convenience offered by PhoneGap is welcomed by most.

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Packaging mobile apps into the clouds for multiple platforms is possible with PhoneGap Build.  Upon uploading the HTML, CSS and Javascript to the cloud, app store ready apps for iOS, Android and Windows Phone are immediately rolled out for quick hassle free use.

PhoneGap Build is also part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud, a subscription based service giving users access to a collection of software for graphic design, video editing, web development, photography, and Cloud services.

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PhoneGap was rechristened Apache Cordova when it was donated to the Apache Software Foundation to remain free and open source with the Apache License. All in all PhoneGap is an open source distribution of Cordova, creating confusion as both the names are generally used interchangeably.

Benefits of Using PhoneGap

  • Apps are developed once but can be used multiple times
  • Generates reusable UI & designs
  • Creates reusable codes
  • Speed of rollout increases tremendously as efforts are not duplicated
  • Saves time & cost

As a call of the times, smart developers put in rigorous efforts for Cross Platform Development using HTML5, JavaScript and CSS3. It is then, but a natural step most to put PhoneGap development services & PhoneGapBuild at the helm of all its cross platform development projects.

SPEC INDIA has 27+ years of experience as a software application development partner for clients spread across over 20+ countries using varied technologies providing customized solutions in areas of Desktop Application Development, Web Application Development, Mobile Application Development and Enterprise Mobility Solutions.

As mobile and wearable devices take over the world today, we recognize the powers of Cross platform technologies as being the most mobile ready tools to develop mobile sites and apps across various platforms and devices. Our teams keep up pace with new technologies and solutions to enhance older ones and bring them into our services.

Author: SPEC INDIA


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