ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

What are PhoneGap Apps

Updated on February 12, 2015

PhoneGap: A Cross Platform Mobile App Development Tool

PhoneGap is currently the first choice of developers for developing cross platform compatible applications. There are 7 major mobile operating systems in the market, but no mobile platform has a common native development tool. Cross platform mobile framework was the necessity of the mobile industry. PhoneGap has solved that problem for the mobile industry, it has integrated web technologies & native development with cross platform approach and the only part that is portable here is the web. With the help of PhoneGap it is possible to provide different architecture for different platform and to let the apps use the features according to the current framework in use.

What Is PhoneGap?

It is an open source mobile platform which is used to build cross platform mobile applications using the existing web technology like HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS. This was originally developed by "Nitobi" later on companies like RIM, IBM, & Microsoft contributed in this platform. In October, 11 Adobe took control of Nitobi and donated it to Apache Software Foundation (ASF) under the name of "Apache Cordova". Now it is an open source and available free under Apache License 2.0.

Advantages of PhoneGap

· * PhoneGap apps use web technology, which enables the developers to create mobile apps using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. And this allows to developers to create cross platform compatible applications.

· * Hybrid apps can be created using native functions and rich user interface using web technology.

· * Best thing about the PhoneGap is that it supports cross platform application development.

· * Camera, Accelerometer, Compass, Files, Contacts, Geo location, Network, Media, and storage functionalities are supported.

· * It has very active and supportive community and its growing rapidly.

· * Deployment framework for multiple platforms.

· * PhoneGap Apps uses JavaScript APIs which is consistent across the multiple device platforms and it is built on web standards. Due to this Phonegap apps can be used on multiple platforms with minimal or no change. Currently these apps are compatible for these mobile platforms: Android, iOS, Blackberry, Palm WebOS, Windows Phone, Symbian, Apple, and Bada.

What Device Can You Use It On?

For long time we faced the problem of choosing an application for a specific mobile operating system. Compatibility was the major issue for every application. PhoneGap has made it possible to use a single app on all platforms. A single PhoneGap application can be deployed across various devices such as Blackberry, iOS, Apple, Android, Windows Phone, Bada, WebOS, and Symbian. Of course there is a cost to PhoneGap’s ease & cross platform compatibility. It creates web applications that seems native but do not really qualify.

As an example: if you build an Android application, PhoneGap wraps your HTML, CSS, and JavaScript in the web view container, and for execution it relies on the underlying Webkit rendering engine so it inherits the browser’s processing limitation for execution. So for a processor or graphic intensive application PhoneGap will not be the best choice.

But if you are looking for extending a data driven application to various mobile devices PhoneGap would be very effective. It strikes an excellent balance between app functionality and developers effort.

Get started with PhoneGap


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Nadine May profile image

      Nadine May 

      2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Well I learned something new. I'm very weary about all the app's that are marketed for us to download, so the more I learn the better. Love your cell phone covers.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Interesting! Never heard of PhoneGap until I saw your Hub!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)