Jerry Nixon on Windows: Where is PhoneGap for Windows Phone 8? Right here!

Jerry Nixon on Windows

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Where is PhoneGap for Windows Phone 8? Right here!

imageNative applications on mobile devices deliver a great experience to users. Only native applications can deliver excellent fidelity and performance, and support a disconnected state. But if you don’t know the devices mobile technology development can be difficult.

Mobile web sites deliver a poor experience to users. Mobile web sites are simply web pages; they cannot access the device itself and necessitate an always-connected device. But because it’s just HTML, developers have an easier time supporting multiple devices.

A Real Option

Mixing native with web is PhoneGap – it executes local HTML and JavaScript in an embedded browser wrapper app. PhoneGap apps are not as awesome as native apps, but they are surely the next best thing – and are a viable option.  These types of apps don’t require developers to know much about a device – and can be deployed across the various mobile platforms with little investment. They also have access to the device itself (including sensors, battery and more); they support offline scenarios, too.

PhoneGap is free. It supports iOS, Android™, Windows® Phone 7, webOS, Symbian™, and BlackBerry®. It’s a real opportunity for mobile developers to write an app that requires minimal investment to deploy cross-platform.

Note: PhoneGap is the old name, now it is Cordova. PhoneGap is such a well known brand, I can’t imagine the developer community will ever stop calling it PhoneGap.

Windows Phone 7? Where is PhoneGap Windows Phone 8 support?

We have anxiously been waiting for PhoneGap to support Windows Phone 8 since Windows Phone 8 was unveiled a month and a half ago. And, on January 7th, the PhoneGap Blog announced that Apache Cordova 2.3.0 now has full support for Windows Phone 8! Awesome.

Get PhoneGap here: http://aka.ms/PhoneGap 

I believe PhoneGap is one of the cooler technologies. Just like developers can select HTML 5 to build a Windows 8 app,  those same developers can select HTML 5 to build a Windows Phone 8 app, too. It’s beautiful. Not just because of the cross-platform, but because it targets where developers are.

You can Learn more on Channel 9

Best of luck!