PhoneGap or Titanium? A Quick Guide for Enterprises

27 Aug. 2014 Mobile App

Business startups as well as enterprises aim to effectively build high performing, low cost and time efficient mobile apps. Today, cross-platform development plays a big role in delivering consistent and good user experience across multiple mobile platforms like Android, iOS, Windows and other platforms.

To enable cross-platform app development, there are essentially two strategies:

  1. Use Adobe PhoneGap/Cordova to create mobile apps by using an embedded browser control and write a web app wrapped as a native app
  2. Use Appcelerator’s Titanium as a cross-platform tool to create native apps

Both are open-source frameworks that help enterprise mobile app developers easily create apps on multiple platforms, as developing a single native application for each platform is an expensive affair. Both the platforms play an important role for rapid multi-platform application development. However, there are some key differences when comparing both the frameworks that needs to be considered before choosing the right cross-platform development tool. Let’s look at the table below for a quick comparison.

PhoneGap vs Titanium

PhoneGapTitanium
ArchitectureBuilt for Web App (HTML5)Built for Native App (JavaScript)
Look & FeelWeb View OnlyNative View as per the mobile platform
FlexibilityWeb OnlyNative
Data Storagelocalstorage, IndexedDB and WebSQLSQLite embedded database
Code ReusabilityWrite Once, Run AnywhereWrite code for specific platform
Supported Mobile Platforms
  • Android
  • iOS
  • Blackberry OS
  • Windows Phone
  • Android
  • iOS
Supported Programming Language
  • Ruby
  • Objective C
  • Scala
  • Ruby
Customization LevelEasyModerate
DebuggingEasyDifficult
LicenseApache LicenseGPL
Programming Difficulty LevelIntermediateAdvanced
Target Users
  • App Developers
  • Embedded System
  • iOS Development
  • App Developers
Documentation LevelDetailedDetailed
Developer CommunityHighModerate
Type of UseFreeFree & Enterprise
UI PerformanceMedium (due to Web)High (due to Native)
CostFreeFree but limited, Enterprise Edition

Conclusion

After looking through the above comparison, the purpose of PhoneGap development is to allow HTML-based web applications to be deployed installed as native applications. Similarly the goal of Titanium application development is to create high level, cross-platform JavaScript runtime apps. Both the platforms are an ideal choice to develop cross-platform or hybrid applications for smartphones.

Before choosing the platform – PhoneGap or Titanium, we recommend our clients to thoroughly analyze their mobile strategy and understand the products needs first. Rishabh Software then helps the client develop the cross-platform mobile app using the best mobile development platform or framework. We ensure that the best practices for mobile app development are carried out to deliver quality mobile apps, helping our customers achieve their business goals.

Rishabh Software – An Ideal Mobile App Development Partner

  • 50+ team of certified mobile app developers
  • 5+ years of experience in multiple development frameworks like PhoneGap & Titanium
  • 50+ apps deployed for various App stores
  • Quick turnaround time with agile development

 

We help you achieve your enterprise goals by building hybrid apps or multi-platform apps that work across all major mobile platforms.

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