React Native vs. Apache Cordova vs. PhoneGap

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Description

What is 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.

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 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.

Pros

Why do developers choose React Native?
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    Why do developers choose Apache Cordova?
    Why do you like Apache Cordova?

    Why do developers choose PhoneGap?
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    Cons

    What are the cons of using React Native?
    Downsides of React Native?

    What are the cons of using Apache Cordova?
    No Cons submitted yet for Apache Cordova
    Downsides of Apache Cordova?

    What are the cons of using PhoneGap?
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    Companies

    What companies use React Native?
    525 companies on StackShare use React Native
    What companies use Apache Cordova?
    87 companies on StackShare use Apache Cordova
    What companies use PhoneGap?
    85 companies on StackShare use PhoneGap

    Integrations

    What tools integrate with React Native?
    43 tools on StackShare integrate with React Native
    What tools integrate with Apache Cordova?
    7 tools on StackShare integrate with Apache Cordova
    What tools integrate with PhoneGap?
    5 tools on StackShare integrate with PhoneGap

    What are some alternatives to React Native, Apache Cordova, and PhoneGap?

    • Ionic - A beautiful front-end framework for developing hybrid mobile apps in HTML5. Best friends with AngularJS.
    • Xamarin - Create iOS, Android and Mac apps in C#
    • NativeScript - Build truly native apps with JavaScript
    • Expo - Making React Native Easier

    See all alternatives to React Native

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