11 Aug' 15

PhoneGap: The Answer To All Mobile App Development Needs

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The rising dependency on mobile applications is driving businesses to perk up their investments in helping customers stay in touch on the go. According to Go-Globe, a Dubai-based web app design and development firm, the estimated worldwide revenue from mobile apps is predicted to reach 45 billion by the end of this year, and go on to touch 77 billion by 2017. With competition so stiff, the only thing that can set you apart from your peers is speeding up the mobile app development process. To many, this seems to be a massive challenge as development depends on platform-specific Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) in Android, iOS and Windows phones, thus slowing down the process. Wondering if there is a solution at all? It is time you know about the answer to all your queries – PhoneGap.

What is PhoneGap?

PhoneGap, now renamed as Cordova, is an open-source mobile app development framework that allows developers to build native mobile apps using web technologies, such as CSS3, HTML5 and JavaScript, instead of the platform-specific APIs. Due to this change, the resulting mobile apps are hybrid (part-native and part-web) in nature with cross-platform compatibility.

Benefit for Businesses

Remember the famous line, “One ring to rule them all” in author J.R.R. Tolkien’s timeless fantasy adventure,‘ The Lord of the Rings? Replace the word “ring” with “code”, and you get PhoneGap.

The biggest hurdle faced by app developers has always been about creating different codes for different mobile platforms. Simply put, an app designed for iOS needed a different set of codes to support the Android or Windows platform. With PhoneGap, however, developers can create a single coding language using HTML5 and CSS3 that is equally compatible across all platforms. The motif of ‘building once and deploying everywhere’,” lets PhoneGap help businesses save a lot of time and money, as developers don’t have to create different versions of the same code.

Why should you choose PhoneGap?

Should you opt for PhoneGap just because everyone else is using it? Don’t follow the trend blindly; it’s always a smart move to know how and why PhoneGap can turn out to be the perfect solution for your mobile app development needs.

Easy to learn: As PhoneGap relies on web languages, such as JavaScript and HTML5, rather than complicated platform-based languages, it is simpler for developers to create the codes. All they need is a thorough knowledge in web technologies.

Plug-in architecture: The framework supports plug-in architecture, thus helping developers extend the performance of apps in a modular and customized way. This means that developers can create custom versions or solve existing problems without modifying the source code.

Easy to install and market: Although hybrid in nature, the apps developed through PhoneGap retain their basic native features. Like native apps, PhoneGap apps are easy to install. The framework also supports the easy distribution and marketing process at the app stores.

Integrated libraries: PhoneGap comes integrated with numerous libraries, which help developers enhance the performance of the app, and save a lot of valuable development time in the process.

PhoneGap is the ‘Swiss army knife’ of mobile app development – a powerful technology that facilitates enterprises in developing cross-platform applications at a faster rate. We highly recommend this framework as PhoneGap is still in its infancy, and we can soon expect enhancements that drive to make it even better.

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Sucharita Ganguly

Senior Associate Android

Sucharita is the Android lady. She develops awesome Android apps. When it comes to the latest upgrades and Android mobile dev technologies, she is the our girl! When not working, she plays games on phones.

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