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What is PhoneGap?


According to Wikipedia: PhoneGap is a mobile development framework produced by Nitobi, purchased by Adobe Systems.It enables software programmers to build applications for mobile devices using JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS3, instead of device-specific languages such as Objective-C. The resulting applications are hybrid, meaning that they are neither truly native (because all layout rendering is done via web views instead of the platform’s native UI framework) nor purely web-based (because they are not just web apps, but are packaged as apps for distribution and have access to native device APIs.


The software underlying PhoneGap is Apache Cordova. The software was previously called just “PhoneGap”, then “Apache Callback”. Apache Cordova is open source software.


It is an application framework that enables developers to build native mobile applications using web development technologies. These apps can be installed on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, and other OS. The apps leverage HTML for the UI, CSS for layout and styling, and JavaScript for interactivity with native-OS functionality.


Phonegap Offers a Lot of Flexibility While Building a Mobile App. It Supports:
• Common frameworks
• Multi-page apps or single page/AJAX apps
• User interface libraries


Nine out of ten smart phone users are using iOS or Android platforms. Thus, most of the businesses are looking at solutions that can help them leverage this reality. PhoneGap completely suits this requirement and can hep you build powerful apps for your businesses.


Another reason PhoneGap is popular because it offers a native Web View component with HTML5-CSS3 application and as a structured API that uses JavaScript to access native functionalities of mobile devices.


In simpler terms it means, that any of you build on Phonegap will be able to access the functions natively and from mobile operating system. So, this translates into: you can build high-performance apps on PhoneGap and make them work on several mobile platforms.


This is an ideal platform for those who have some or a lot of familiarity with HTML5, JavaScript, CSS3 and so on. It is the ideal platform for hybrid app development.
As seen in, There are main two types of apps that can be built using Phonegap:


Single Page Apps
The apps created on this model feel more like apps rather than webpages. Also another advantage is that once the PhoneGap is library has been initialized, you do not have to re-initialize it. By leveraging this single-page architecture, the user does not lose data and transition of content from one visual state to another is easier. Many MVC/development frameworks leverage this approach for building applications.


Multi Page Apps
Unlike, single page apps, multi page apps look and feel more like webpages. Each of the page has finite functionality and has limited number of dynamic updates. Whenever the page is loaded, content is displayed, the user interacts with it, and then the other page is loaded. The good part is that these pages can be loaded from remote servers.


But,the problem with this approach is that it behaves more like a traditional mobile website rather than an app. Also, Apple’s App Store explicitly states in the Apple’s iOS Human Interface Guidelines that apps exhibiting “Web Based Designs” will be rejected. This makes it a risky proposition to try.


Miracle Studios has Expertise in Phonegap Development


We have a team of expert Android and iOS developers who have years of experience of working on many platforms  They are conversant with Android and iOS ecosystem, which makes it easier to design apps in a hybrid ecosystem such as Phonegap. To know how we can build a hybrid and cross platform app for you, contact us now!


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