Xamarin vs. Apache Cordova vs. PhoneGap



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Description

What is Xamarin?

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.

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.

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Pros

Why do developers choose Xamarin?
Why do you like Xamarin?

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

Why do developers choose PhoneGap?
Why do you like PhoneGap?

Cons

What are the cons of using Xamarin?
Downsides of Xamarin?

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

How much does Xamarin cost?
Xamarin Pricing
How much does Apache Cordova cost?
How much does PhoneGap cost?

Companies

What companies use Xamarin?
99 companies on StackShare use Xamarin
What companies use Apache Cordova?
129 companies on StackShare use Apache Cordova
What companies use PhoneGap?
120 companies on StackShare use PhoneGap

Integrations

What tools integrate with Xamarin?
7 tools on StackShare integrate with Xamarin
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 Xamarin, Apache Cordova, and PhoneGap?

  • React Native - A framework for building native apps with React
  • Ionic - A beautiful front-end framework for developing hybrid mobile apps in HTML5. Best friends with AngularJS.
  • NativeScript - Build truly native apps with JavaScript
  • Expo - Making React Native Easier

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