PhoneGap App Development: Pros & Cons

Tue Apr 2016
PhoneGap App Development: Pros & Cons
hybrid app development

?We are platform independent?, said one of the guys, when being introduced to me, or rather I was introduced to him. Being new to the environment, I felt hesitant to ask for the rationale behind and, even if, it was there, to me, it appeared nothing more than confidence-cum-over-confidence, or a vice versa, but later I came to know that yes, there was some gravity in it. Actually, he was from the PhoneGap mobile app development team that develops hybrid mobile app to work with devices running on different operating systems, namely, iOS and Android.

New to PhoneGap? Well, it?s a mobile app development framework that facilitates language stacks and plugins that are extensively used to develop a cross-platform mobile app. People coming from the industry also call it with the alias Cordova. Well, terminologies hardly make a difference for end users, and to those who are interested in getting the app developed. Consumers love simplicity and performance, and businesses love scalability and flexibility, but yes they both die for security.

Out of the numerous questions that our business development team at Root Info Solutions (RIS) respond to, one, we would like to get answered through this blog. Any guess on that? Well, it?s what are the advantages and disadvantages of the PhoneGap mobile app development.

Pros

Easier Getting Started

Anybody with the basic skills of HTML5/CSS/Javascript can jump into the foray of PhoneGap mobile app development. All they need to have is the expertise to augment the Web components with that of the native SDK.

Single Code Base for Multiple Platforms

An app developed using PhoneGap framework exhibits compatibility with iOS, Android, Windows 7 and mobile web. Thus, it drastically, reduces the mobile app development and delivery cost.

Rapid Testing and Deployment

The testing team doesn?t need to cross-check the universal aspects built using Web elements of the app across multiple platforms or devices. They have to focus only on the UI aspect that drives user engagement.

Cons

Not-So-Brilliant Performance

If you need to build an app with rich graphics, particularly games, we would suggest you go for an alternative and adopt native mobile app development. Though 3rd party caching solutions for native graphics acceleration are there, expecting too much from them could be a mistaken belief.

Lack of UI Widgets

Users want the native app experience but the unavailability of compatible UI widgets raises a challenge for a PhoneGap developer. The PhoneGap framework offers limited pre-built UI elements and, hence, they often have to rely on external resources. This often delays the delivery.

Thanks for being with us. Hope you enjoyed reading the blog. Do share your inputs. Interested in PhoneGap mobile app development or native mobile app development service? Feel free to contact us.

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