Chapter 46. PhoneGap

PhoneGap is perhaps the original alternative application framework for Android, arriving on the scene in early 2009. PhoneGap ( is open source, backed by Nitobi, which offers a mix of open source and commercial products, along with consulting and training services.

What Is PhoneGap?

As the PhoneGap web site puts it:

The PhoneGap mission is to web-enable native device functionality with open standards like HTML, CSS and JavaScript so that developers can focus on the app they're building, not on authoring complex platform compatibility layers.[1] PhoneGap focuses on bridging the gap between web technologies and native mobile development, with access to more features than HTML5 applications have.

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