Open Source Mobile Development Platforms
With the introduction of the iPhone and Android Mobile devices a new medium was created. Touch-screens and smart mobile devices have created an historic technological revolution. These new devices are in the hands of millions of people all the time. With the mobile revolution, a new and unique opportunity has been created that companies can leverage to put their content into the hands of the masses.
However, the introduction of these new devices brought with it the creation of many new frameworks for creating content. Each mobile platform has it's own development and design techniques. With all these choices, companies have to choose carefully when picking what approach to take. The most important decision is picking between native development for each device or using one of the many open source options that use a write once deploy to many approach.
Choosing to program natively has many advantages. By hiring a programmer proficient in iOS, for example, you will be able to create an app that can take advantage of all the features included in the iOS SDK.
Since winning the Web 2.0 Expo LaunchPad competition in April 2009, PhoneGap has been widely recognized as a game-changer for mobile app development. The code has been downloaded more than 600,000 times and thousands of apps built using PhoneGap are available in mobile app stores and directories. Check out some of them here.
Here is a short video describing the benefits and features of PhoneGap:
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