Xamarin vs. PhoneGap vs. NativeScript

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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 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.

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    Cons

    What are the cons of using Xamarin?
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    What are the cons of using NativeScript?
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    Pricing

    How much does Xamarin cost?
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    Companies

    What companies use Xamarin?
    67 companies on StackShare use Xamarin
    What companies use PhoneGap?
    85 companies on StackShare use PhoneGap
    What companies use NativeScript?
    9 companies on StackShare use NativeScript

    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 NativeScript?
    2 tools on StackShare integrate with NativeScript

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

    • 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
    • Expo - Making React Native Easier

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