PhoneGap vs. NativeScript vs. JUniversal

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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 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 JUniversal?

The vision of JUniversal came from some guys at Nokia who possess considerable expertise both in Java and in building cross-platform apps. They built this tool to provide an elegant way to translate source code and make it useful across multiple platforms. JUniversal offers you the freedom to write your shared code in Java and then translate it to C# (available now) or to C++/Objective C++ (coming soon). You can also combine JUniversal with Google’s j2objc translator to translate Java to Objective-C for iOS.

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Why do developers choose PhoneGap?
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Why do developers choose NativeScript?
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Why do developers choose JUniversal?
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What are the cons of using PhoneGap?
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What are the cons of using NativeScript?
No Cons submitted yet for NativeScript
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What are the cons of using JUniversal?
No Cons submitted yet for JUniversal
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What companies use PhoneGap?
119 companies on StackShare use PhoneGap
What companies use NativeScript?
16 companies on StackShare use NativeScript
What companies use JUniversal?
1 companies on StackShare use JUniversal
What tools integrate with PhoneGap?
5 tools on StackShare integrate with PhoneGap
What tools integrate with NativeScript?
2 tools on StackShare integrate with NativeScript
What tools integrate with JUniversal?
2 tools on StackShare integrate with JUniversal

What are some alternatives to PhoneGap, NativeScript, and JUniversal?

  • React Native - A framework for building native apps with React
  • Ionic - A beautiful front-end framework for developing cross-platform apps with web technologies like Angular and React.
  • Xamarin - Create iOS, Android and Mac apps in C#
  • Apache Cordova - Platform for building native mobile applications using HTML, CSS and JavaScript

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