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PhoneGap vs Web Starter Kit: What are the differences?

Developers describe PhoneGap 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. On the other hand, Web Starter Kit is detailed as "Boilerplate & Tooling for Multi-Device Development". Web Starter Kit is a starting point for multi-screen web development. It encompasses opinionated recommendations on boilerplate and tooling for building an experience that works great across multiple devices. We help you stay productive and aligned with the best practices outlined in Google's Web Fundamentals.

PhoneGap and Web Starter Kit can be primarily classified as "Cross-Platform Mobile Development" tools.

Some of the features offered by PhoneGap are:

  • Android
  • Blackberry
  • iOS

On the other hand, Web Starter Kit provides the following key features:

  • Multi-device responsive boilerplate
  • Living component style guide
  • Cross-device Synchronization

"Javascript" is the top reason why over 44 developers like PhoneGap, while over 2 developers mention "Easy to use" as the leading cause for choosing Web Starter Kit.

PhoneGap and Web Starter Kit are both open source tools. Web Starter Kit with 18.6K GitHub stars and 3.21K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than PhoneGap with 4.15K GitHub stars and 974 GitHub forks.

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 Web Starter Kit?

Web Starter Kit is a starting point for multi-screen web development. It encompasses opinionated recommendations on boilerplate and tooling for building an experience that works great across multiple devices. We help you stay productive and aligned with the best practices outlined in Google's Web Fundamentals.

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    What are some alternatives to PhoneGap and Web Starter Kit?
    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.
    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.
    PWA
    Building a high-quality Progressive Web App has incredible benefits, making it easy to delight your users, grow engagement and increase conversions.It is intended to work on any platform that uses a standards-compliant browser.
    Sencha Touch
    Sencha Touch 2, a high-performance HTML5 mobile application framework, is the cornerstone of the Sencha HTML5 platform. Built for enabling world-class user experiences, Sencha Touch 2 is the only framework that enables developers to build fast and impressive apps that work on iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Kindle Fire, and more.
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    How developers use PhoneGap and Web Starter Kit
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    Trading Log uses PhoneGapPhoneGap

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

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    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

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    Eyal El. uses PhoneGapPhoneGap

    Our Apps are wrapped with PhoneGap 7 & 8

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