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NativeScript vs PhoneGap: What are the differences?

Developers describe NativeScript as "Build truly native apps with JavaScript". 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. On the other hand, PhoneGap is detailed as "Easilily create mobile apps using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript". 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.

NativeScript and PhoneGap can be categorized as "Cross-Platform Mobile Development" tools.

Some of the features offered by NativeScript are:

  • 100% Access to Native Platform API
  • NativeScript is free of charge as an open source project
  • Code with JavaScript. Style with CSS

On the other hand, PhoneGap provides the following key features:

  • Android
  • Blackberry
  • iOS

"Access to the entire native api" is the primary reason why developers consider NativeScript over the competitors, whereas "Javascript" was stated as the key factor in picking PhoneGap.

NativeScript and PhoneGap are both open source tools. NativeScript with 17.2K GitHub stars and 1.27K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than PhoneGap with 4.15K GitHub stars and 974 GitHub forks.

Typeform, Accenture, and WebbyLab are some of the popular companies that use PhoneGap, whereas NativeScript is used by Work Box, Zege Technologies, and GeekyAnts. PhoneGap has a broader approval, being mentioned in 86 company stacks & 36 developers stacks; compared to NativeScript, which is listed in 9 company stacks and 26 developer stacks.

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 NativeScript and PhoneGap?
    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.
    Ionic
    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.
    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.
    React
    Lots of people use React as the V in MVC. Since React makes no assumptions about the rest of your technology stack, it's easy to try it out on a small feature in an existing project.
    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.
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    Reviews of NativeScript and PhoneGap
    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 NativeScript and PhoneGap
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    Trading Log uses PhoneGapPhoneGap

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

    Avatar of William Baker
    William Baker uses PhoneGapPhoneGap

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

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    Smileupps uses PhoneGapPhoneGap

    to let web apps benefit of native device features

    Avatar of Eyal El.
    Eyal El. uses PhoneGapPhoneGap

    Our Apps are wrapped with PhoneGap 7 & 8

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