Future of Mobile Apps

One technology decision that must be made early on when developing an application is whether it is to be written using native or web APIs. Depending upon the application, native APIs may be required to meet the user’s expectations. However, for most applications, web technologies consisting of HTML 5, JavaScript, and CSS provide equal user experiences. The advantage of using web APIs is that they are written using web technologies familiar to many developers, thus providing an easier and quicker development process. In addition, since web technologies are standardized, they exhibit fairly consistent behavior across the many different mobile platforms available today, such as Android and iOS phones and tablets.

One significant difference between native and web applications is that the native applications provide extensive access to device features such as the camera and accelerometer, while the web applications are limited to what the device’s web browser supports. To bridge this gap between native and web, a new type of application called the hybrid application was created. A hybrid application is written using the same web technologies like HTML 5, JavaScript, and CSS. Hybrid application includes additional code that enables native APIs to be called from JavaScript. It works by wrapping your web code with a web browser and packaging both together to create a native application.

Hybrid application created a way for developing ones and deploying to different platforms like Android & IOS. Phonegap is a popular open source toolkit for building applications. It will become apparent that PhoneGap delivers on the promise of a simplified, cross-platform mobile application development by enabling you to write your application using HTML, CSS, Javascript and then packaging it up so that it can be distributed throughout the various app stores and markets. With any luck, your application may even become someone’s favorite app. This makes Phonegap the future of mobile apps. Mobile technology professionals will benefit greatly from Phonegap because it provides experienced mobile web developers with everything they need to know to transition their mobile web applications into native mobile applications.

The immediate need for websites in some areas is decreasing rapidly, almost everything is going mobile, not just because everything can but because it is having a significant impact on how we live, work, and communicate. Mobile applications have become critical solutions for both businesses and consumers.

Success in the rapidly evolving and ever-changing mobility space should not cause fear and frustration of inaction. Rather, we should embrace technology enablers like PhoneGap to bring truly winning solutions to reality.

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