PhoneGap App Development Company

12 Aug. 2014 Mobile App

The world of mobile app development is changing rapidly and cross-platform frameworks like PhoneGap and Titanium represent important step in broadening that world to a very large audience of experienced web developers.

By leveraging the services of a sophisticated PhoneGap application development company, you can easily shift to mobile app world from the web world and develop apps that are compatible across all mobile devices. This blog introduces you to PhoneGap’s important concepts and helps you get familiarized with PhoneGap mobile app development.

What is PhoneGap?

PhoneGap is a mobile development framework created by Nitobi and was bought over by Adobe Systems in 2011. PhoneGap app development helps software programmers to build mobile applications using HTML5, JavaScript and CSS3.

Unlike a device-specific languages such as Objective-C, PhoneGap executes wrapping up of CSS, HTML and JavaScript code depending upon the platform of the device. The developed applications are hybrid, meaning that they are neither truly Mobile native application native nor purely web-based.

The PhoneGap software at core is Apache Cordova which was previously entitled just “PhoneGap”, then “Apache Callback”.

PhoneGap Development

The first PhoneGap code developed was authored at the San Francisco iPhoneDevCamp in Aug 2008. The turning point for its creation was that almost every single newbie iPhone developer runs into Objective-C mobile coding which can be a very unfamiliar environment for web developers.

The real question was that could someone develop a framework that enabled web developers to leverage their knowledge of CSS, HTML and JavaScript which could interact with the important native parts of an iPhone devices, such as the compass or camera?

Within a year’s time, PhoneGap was winning awards and also started to support the Android platform, making it even more useful to the growing family of mobile developers who needed to support code on more than one platform.

phonegap supported mobile platforms

Enterprise Mobile Application Development Using PhoneGap

PhoneGap developers use it to develop working code for devices across multiple platforms like iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry and webOS. In each case, PhoneGap app developer use a wrapper that contains a web-based HTML, cascading style sheet (CSS), and JavaScript code.

With this development process model, you can use web technologies and get access to many of the device’s native features (such as the camera, the compass, the contacts list and so on). Moreover, it allows you to port your web code to multiple different devices with little or no changes.

PhoneGap Mobile Development API’s

PhoneGap developers can easily create hybrid or cross-platform mobile apps using PhoneGap. The list below roughly outlines of what’s currently available on the PhoneGap API. So, here are the main API components in alphabetical order.

PhoneGap API components

  • Accelerometer — Tap into the device’s motion sensor.
  • Camera — Capture a photo using the device’s camera.
  • Capture — Capture media files using the device’s media-capture applications.
  • Compass — Obtain the direction the device is pointing to.
  • Connection — Quickly check the network state (either WiFi or cellular network).
  • Contacts — Work with the device’s contact database.
  • Device — Gather device-specific information.
  • Events — Hook into native events through JavaScript.
  • File — Hook into the native file system through JavaScript.
  • Geolocation — Make your application location-aware.
  • Media — Record and play back audio files.
  • Network — Quickly check the network state.
  • Notification — Visual, audible and tactile device notifications.
  • Storage — Hook into the device’s native storage options.
PhoneGap API

API Components That Can be Leveraged by PhoneGap App Development Company


Understanding Pros & Cons of PhoneGap Development

PhoneGap solves mainly two problems faced by mobile app developers

  1. The PhoneGap developer (you!) can easily implement web languages like HTML and JavaScript to create a working mobile application
  2. The code developed using PhoneGap can be easily ported to another platform quickly, thereby reducing the complexity of supporting multiple platforms
Process for Developing Mobile Apps with PhoneGap

Process for PhoneGap based Cross-Platform Development

What is PhoneGap development good for?

Primarily, it helps you and your development team leverage years of experience in building interactive projects with standards followed for web development. If you’re good with CSS, HTML and JavaScript, you’ll experience few problems while working with PhoneGap if you are not aware about the specifics of the PhoneGap API components.

PhoneGap app development services can help organizations bridge the gap between standard web technologies, and the native capabilities inherent in smartphones. The PhoneGap API components can help users easily access contacts, onboard camera and work with the compass.

If you need to connect your application with a remote web service, you can easily use tools like jQuery to create powerful Ajax handlers. And also you can freely implement your own XmlHttpRequests.

Given all this, a word of caution is in order. Just because you code an application using PhoneGap and it works on one device (iPhone or Android, for example) doesn’t automatically mean that it will execute on others. You need to test and tweak the code for Blackberry, Android or Windows Phone devices. So don’t be under the marketing impression of “code once, deploy multiple times” scenarios.

If you are working with multiple devices, you need to create separate environments for each wrapper. For example, you won’t be able to maintain your Windows PhoneGap wrapper with Xcode. Another way of framing this is that you are potentially simplifying how much your web code must change to run on different devices, but you still need to maintain separate wrappers.

If you create a PhoneGap application that relies heavily on animation and graphics, you might tax the device you are on — this is true whether you are working with PhoneGap or native code. Also, the PhoneGap application might create huge dependencies with a remote API if your application is working well in offline mode, because you will never know if the person using the app has lost data connectivity.

Rishabh Software is a global software development company offering PhoneGap development services with its team of developers. Through our 5+ years of mobile app development experience in cross platform mobile apps, we help clients achieve their business goals and act as knowledge consultants for cross platform mobile app development.

Why Rishabh Software

  • Experience in multiple development frameworks like PhoneGap, Xamarin & Titanium
  • Deployed multiple hybrid apps on iOS & Android App stores
  • Strong web technology & mobile experience
  • Quick turnaround time with agile development

We help you achieve your goals for mobile strategy by building multi-platform apps that work on all major mobile platforms.

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