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What is Apache Cordova?

Apache Cordova is a set of device APIs that allow a mobile app developer to access native device function such as the camera or accelerometer from JavaScript. Combined with a UI framework such as jQuery Mobile or Dojo Mobile or Sencha Touch, this allows a smartphone app to be developed with just HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

What is NativeScript?

NativeScript enables developers to build native apps for iOS, Android and Windows Universal while sharing the application code across the platforms. When building the application UI, developers use our libraries, which abstract the differences between the native platforms.

What is PhoneGap?

PhoneGap is a web platform that exposes native mobile device apis and data to JavaScript. PhoneGap is a distribution of Apache Cordova. PhoneGap allows you to use standard web technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript for cross-platform development, avoiding each mobile platforms' native development language. Applications execute within wrappers targeted to each platform, and rely on standards-compliant API bindings to access each device's sensors, data, and network status.
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      What are some alternatives to Apache Cordova, NativeScript, and PhoneGap?
      Xamarin’s Mono-based products enable .NET developers to use their existing code, libraries and tools (including Visual Studio*), as well as skills in .NET and the C# programming language, to create mobile applications for the industry’s most widely-used mobile devices, including Android-based smartphones and tablets, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
      React Native
      React Native enables you to build world-class application experiences on native platforms using a consistent developer experience based on JavaScript and React. The focus of React Native is on developer efficiency across all the platforms you care about - learn once, write anywhere. Facebook uses React Native in multiple production apps and will continue investing in React Native.
      With Electron, creating a desktop application for your company or idea is easy. Initially developed for GitHub's Atom editor, Electron has since been used to create applications by companies like Microsoft, Facebook, Slack, and Docker. The Electron framework lets you write cross-platform desktop applications using JavaScript, HTML and CSS. It is based on io.js and Chromium and is used in the Atom editor.
      Free and open source, Ionic offers a library of mobile and desktop-optimized HTML, CSS and JS components for building highly interactive apps. Use with Angular, React, Vue, or plain JavaScript.
      Flutter is a mobile app SDK to help developers and designers build modern mobile apps for iOS and Android.
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      Review ofNativeScriptNativeScript

      It is using the native components to build the UI and offers the best skills reuse story. All you need to know is JS/TS and CSS. Angular 2 is also supported which leads to even more code reuse across web and mobile.This is also the best way to access the native platform APIs directly.

      Review ofNativeScriptNativeScript

      NativeScript allows you to reuse your JS skills to build Native mobile apps without any sacrifices. It takes a bit to learn about all possible features, but each time you discover a new one you can't help but get more and more excited.

      How developers use Apache Cordova, NativeScript, and PhoneGap
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      papaver uses Apache CordovaApache Cordova

      used in conjunction with ionic to build out ios and android app for a client. a little slow to run on devices but saves a ton on development time.

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      Ralic Lo uses Apache CordovaApache Cordova

      Used Apache Cordova to package single page web application written HTML/CSS/javascript as a iOS/Android application.

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      MobiBoats uses Apache CordovaApache Cordova

      Used with Ionic to support various plugins and integrations with the native environment of iOS and Android.

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      Trading Log uses PhoneGapPhoneGap

      We used phonegap best practices to compile and deploy our hybrid to android and ios markets.

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      William Baker uses PhoneGapPhoneGap

      To release the JavaScript game Whack-A-Mol http://www.ethertear.com/apps.html

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      João Alvarenga uses Apache CordovaApache Cordova

      Compilar o webapp, transformando-o em aplicativos nativos

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      Smileupps uses PhoneGapPhoneGap

      to let web apps benefit of native device features

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      Evan Luc uses Apache CordovaApache Cordova

      Cross platform mobile development framework.

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      Eyal El. uses PhoneGapPhoneGap

      Our Apps are wrapped with PhoneGap 7 & 8

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