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PhoneGap offers multi-platform app development

March 16, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka

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PhoneGap offers multi-platform app development

A new development tool seeks to eliminate excessive time needed to create apps for multiple cellular phone platforms. PhoneGap offers developers a framework to build Java/HTML mobile apps that work across the spectrum, making it easier to create web apps for Android, Blackberry, iPhone, and more operating systems to come.

PhoneGap is open source and available for download at its official website. It uses Java and HTML to create apps using Java/HTML “while still taking advantage of the core features in the iPhone, Android, and Blackberry SDK’s.”

PhoneGap essentially provides a way to create an app that is standardized across platforms. There is still an ability to tap into features unique to an OS like Android later on in the development process. Rather than develop an Android app and then start from scratch to develop the same app for the iPhone, there’s a standard process that can be tweaked. (Think of it as wearing the same shirt everyday but alternating between hats, caps, and visors).

Here is a video demonstration that is iPhone-heavy, but the website does indicate that Android features like Geo Location and Accelerometer are supported.