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Jul 31

Praveen A

Smartphone Application Development Using Phonegap

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If you are looking for a full fledged framework to create Smartphone Apps in a very short time, Phonegap is the answer. This intuitive framework that could turn a seasoned web developer to an app developer by harnessing their existing web development knowledge. It makes development effort a lot easier  by drastically reducing the development time and cost. It’s the best development approach as far as developing an app that compliments a web site or web application.


Recently Phonegap emerged as a powerful framework that brings lot of power to the hands of developers to build powerful apps in a comparatively less time than building device native apps.


How does it work?

The Phonegap framework will act as a wrapper that translates the device native commands into a single Javascript file that can be easily linked to a HTML5 file to invoke from your app. Yes, the phonegap features a number of APIs that makes it really easy for one to implement device features into an app.  To cite a basic example, the contacts stored in your device can be managed from your app using the corresponding API. Likewise, the geo-location feature enables you to integrate a full fledged map into your app.

Multi-Platform Deployment

Not yet convinced about using Phonegap for your next smartphone app? Let’s consider the biggest advantage of using Phonegap. It lets you to deploy your app simultaneously targeting multiple platforms that includes Apple, Android,Windows, Blackberry devices. Since the core remains web, it is easy to manage and release future versions.

Building User Interface

You can use Jquery mobile, which is a web framework to create pages in conformance with the smartphone app specification. Jquery mobile can handle different transition effects that are demanded by the app using CSS3 transitions. A Jquery mobile page can be a single page for the whole application or multiple pages loaded into the main interface. This framework lets the app to load HTML5 loaded faster inside the app applying different transition effects as chosen by the programmer.

To conclude, the strategy is to go for Phonegap if you are developing an app for a web site or web application. But if you are looking at a more dynamic development such as required for games, I recommend using the native coding that offers greater performance. There are large number of applications built with this amazing framework. You can browse these apps here.