September 23, 2020
Three cheers to PhoneGap!!!
Most of us have leveraged the potential of PhoneGap over these years, attaining the complete power of the web to mobile app development. It has been one of the most popular choices when it comes to cross-platform app development. But “Nothing is permanent but change”, as we say.
Here is an official update about PhoneGap:
Update for Customers Using PhoneGap and PhoneGap Build – “We are announcing the end of development for PhoneGap and PhoneGap Build and the end of our investment in Apache Cordova. The PhoneGap Build service will be discontinued on October 1, 2020.” But, Apache Cordova is still active and maintained!
From October 1, 2020, PhoneGap and PhoneGap Build are officially closing. PhoneGap will be available – open-source and free but will not be actively developed. Eventually, it may start getting incompatible with the latest versions of OS. PhoneGap Build, not being open source, will be completely out of support. All files stored on PhoneGap Build will be deleted after the above-mentioned date. Hence, all important data must be retrieved prior.
Choosing a cutting-edge technology from the bunch of today’s modernized ones is tricky but beneficial. Migrating from PhoneGap to new technology could be a tough task. Hence, hiring an experienced and expert software solutions service provider is the best thing to do. That relieves you of all the burden of migration and gets the best possible output, without any loss or damage to data.
Driven by Google, Flutter is an open-source mobile app development framework to develop native-like, adaptable, and graphically-enhanced cross-platform apps for web, mobile, and desktop. It is growing in recognition because of its capability to create vivid, adaptable, and native performance on iOS and Android platforms.
Flutter cross-platform app development is quicker and aims to deliver the slickest user interface. It helps to strengthen your online presence by constructing business-centric and web/mobile apps using a specific codebase.
Flutter is considered a preferred choice for cross-platform app development. It is getting the global interest of developers and companies owing to its simplicity and pace to develop feature-rich mobile applications.
Google Assistant, The New York Times, Tencent, Groupon, eBay, Emaar, Alibaba group, etc.
Good Read: Top 32 Famous Mobile Apps Developed Using Flutter
React Native has an open-source framework that offers the finest of speed, user interface, and expertise, with a cost-effective methodology. It leverages the same UI block in routine iOS/Android apps with an active blend of components in Java, Objective-C, and Swift. With this innovative technology, it is easy to construct a portion of an application in React Native and some others with native code.
Facebook, Instagram, Netflix, Khan Academy, WhatsApp, Dropbox, Atlassian, Salesforce, etc.
Ionic is a popular hybrid cross-platform technology that can be leveraged on various platforms with a unified codebase. With Ionic, developers can create cross-platform hybrid applications for native and web, iOS, and Android platforms.
MarketWatch, Pacifica, Sworkit, NHS, Instant Pot, Untapped, Accenture, doubleSlash, etc.
Good Read: React Native vs. Ionic vs. Flutter: Comparison of Top Cross-Platform App Development Tools
Kotlin is Google’s powerhouse preferred programming language for Android programming. It has been developed by JetBrains and has gained a lot of popularity amongst the developers. It focuses on easing the job of mobile and web application development, especially in the arena of Android apps.
It has a competency to create modern-day, secure, and advanced applications. Kotlin beats Java language incompetence, coding structure, speed, and execution. It offers extension functions to allow adding extra features to the underlying component.
Good Read: Java vs Kotlin: It’s Time To Expand Android Development
It is a modern-day, statically typed language that showcases functional and object-oriented programming levels. It takes care of various platforms, containing JVM. It is seamlessly interoperable with Java.
Google, Coursera, Amazon, Spring, Netflix, Corda, Uber, Gradle, Evernote, Atlassian/Trello, etc.
It consists of a set of GUI based components that help in building the best of applications based on the theme chosen. For the mobile app, experiences like smooth scrolling, animations, and adaptive layouts help create a web experience.
Sencha Touch offers a lot of widgets that are all set to offer the best of user experience. With its responsive touch feature, users can seamlessly navigate through the app. It offers the best possible speed of execution for all types of mobile apps and all desired OS. It turns out to be a cost-effective way out and easy to understand the mechanism for developers.
Telstra, XT, Samsviran, OneHat, MSL Group, FFR, Reliance Industries, Applic8, Total, etc.
Progressive Web Apps are web applications that load up in a web browser just like web pages or websites. It provides an enriched mobile experience through native-like functionalities such as the ability to work offline, push notifications, and device hardware availability.
It feels like a native app and extends the same experience as a native one. There is no requirement to download it from an app store. The loading, execution, and functioning happens in a web browser.
Global organizations have implemented PWA to deliver perfect experience and availability across platforms and devices. It transpires as a vital technology to focus on web and mobile users at the same time.
More so, it works well in inaccurate and slow data connections making it widespread among users who have suffered the problem of dropping signals, disrupted transactions, and failed procedures. PWA provides a supplementary benefit of convenience and serviceability, even in the slowest connection.
Uber, Forbes, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Smashing Magazine, Financial Times, etc.
Good Read: Progressive Web Apps For Startups – A Driving Force To Business
It is open-source software, with complete community support. It is considered a popular option when it comes to building and implementing hybrid mobile apps. The app codebase can be written with HTML5 and JS and then executed across many mobile platforms like iOS, Android, etc. It wraps the JS/HTML script into native containers that can avail the device functionalities, through JS APIs.
Walmart, Adobe, Qrstore, JustWatch, AB 180, Forum.eu, useinsider, Root Inc. etc.
Considered one of the most popular and extensive HTML, CSS, and JS libraries across the globe, Bootstrap has been considered ideal for mobile-first, responsive web development. As free, downloadable software, it helps developers create swift and responsive sites. It is quite easy to start with.
It has customized components developed to help users have a fast pickup with Bootstrap. These pre-fixed components like buttons, navigation, drop-downs, progress bar, badges alerts, etc. come up as a handy tool for developers.
Spotify, Intel, Alibaba, Walmart, Twitter, Mint, Coursera, Udemy, Docker, Vine, etc.
Xamarin is a free, opensource, popular technology powered by the Microsoft .NET platform. It has strong community support and it comes along with .NET. Apps developed in Xamarin can be built on macOS or Windows and executed on multiple OS like iOS, Android, etc.
Xamarin showcases a strong native, cross-platform and third-party integration with other important libraries like Facebook, Google API, Google Play, etc. Xamarin apps display platform-detailed hardware acceleration.
Applications are written using C#, which includes business logic, native API access, backend code, etc. Xamarin offers a fundamental framework to .NET to avail native features.
Microsoft, Kellogg’s, Bausch, Dow Jones, JustGiving, American Cancer Society, Alaska Airlines, BBVA, etc.
Xcode is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) used by developers to create applications for different Apple platforms like iPhone, iPad, Macs, Apple TV/Watch, etc. It is available for other PC also. It can be downloaded through the Mac App Store.
Xcode gets all needed tools into a single software package while producing an app, rather than attending to them individually. It was originally named as Project Builder. It consists of editors, compilers, and other software components that work in sync to help write code, compile it, and give it to the app store for submission.
Xcode possesses all that developers look for, while building applications on Apple devices. It offers developers a streamlined workflow to UI design, coding, testing, and problem-solving. The IDE associated with Xcode combines with Swift language to make the developing experience simple and effective.
Accenture, Instacart, Pinterest, Figma, Ruangguru, Asana, Intuit, Apple, Alibaba Travels, etc.
Considered an apt programming environment for Android devices, Android Studio is the official integrated development environment for Google’s Android OS. It is created on JetBrains’ IntelliJ IDEA software.
It is written in Java, Kotlin, and C++. Since it is developed by Google and Jet Brains, there is strong community support. It has a set of inbuilt features that help in designing Android designs and components easily and quickly.
It enables Firebase integration because of which real-time experience with IoT based application is possible. It is a popular platform that assists in creating sophisticated and fully developed applications with modern-day features.
Google, Lyft, Delivery Hero, BNP Media, Career Club, Modere, New York Jets, Asana, etc.
It is apt in carving out high-quality websites and applications that can function effortlessly on a variety of devices and platforms. It makes the utmost usage of both – jQuery and jQueryUI to offer API features for mobile web apps.
Barefoot Proximity, Xcel HR Corporation, JumpStart Games, Nutramax Laboratories, etc.
Technology is always here to change. Newer things come; older ones go. Now is the turn of PhoneGap to say bye to us, leaving behind the wonderful advantages it got us all, all through these years.
Thankfully, migrating from PhoneGap to its peer technologies like Apache Cordova, PWAs, Ionic, Flutter, and React Native is an easy task, especially, with an efficient IT service provider helping about the entire process, with ease and effectiveness.
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