Xamarin vs. PhoneGap vs. J2ObjC



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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 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.

What is J2ObjC?

J2ObjC is an open-source command-line tool from Google that translates Java code to Objective-C for the iOS (iPhone/iPad) platform. This tool enables Java code to be part of an iOS application's build, as no editing of the generated files is necessary. The goal is to write an app's non-UI code (such as data access, or application logic) in Java, which is then shared by web apps (using GWT), Android apps, and iOS apps.

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Pros

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Cons

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Pricing

How much does Xamarin cost?
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Companies

What companies use Xamarin?
99 companies on StackShare use Xamarin
What companies use PhoneGap?
119 companies on StackShare use PhoneGap
What companies use J2ObjC?
4 companies on StackShare use J2ObjC

Integrations

What tools integrate with Xamarin?
7 tools on StackShare integrate with Xamarin
What tools integrate with PhoneGap?
5 tools on StackShare integrate with PhoneGap
What tools integrate with J2ObjC?
2 tools on StackShare integrate with J2ObjC

What are some alternatives to Xamarin, PhoneGap, and J2ObjC?

  • 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.
  • Apache Cordova - Platform for building native mobile applications using HTML, CSS and JavaScript
  • NativeScript - Build truly native apps with JavaScript

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