PhoneGap 1.0 now available for cross-platform app development
Whether you knew it or not, a few days ago a big part of the mobile development world was celebrating PhoneGap Day in Portland, Oregon. No, it's not some National Holiday that you've somehow missed out on (though that would be cool if it was), instead it was just PhoneGap's way of celebrating the public release of their open source, cross-platform, mobile development tools as version 1.0. From their website;
What that means is, PhoneGap allows you to build applications for iOS, Android, BlackBerry and webOS devices all at the same time - you'll just need to edit a small bit of code before submitting to each separate catalog. We've looked at how PhoneGap works a few times before, and even showed a video on how to port an app from iOS to webOS using PhoneGap in 10 minutes flat, but with version 1.0 that work should be even easier than before. Enhanced APIs, more secure code, compatibility with more APIs that are found on mobile devices, debugging tools and more are all made available in this update, and even the most novice of developers should be able to find their way through the tutorials to get some applications built.
One thing that we're wondering about is the number of PhoneGap applications already available to the other app stores. We contacted PhoneGap to see just how many apps have been built using their platform, and it's a surprising number. More than 40,000 downloads of their HTML5 platform happen each month, which means there are potentially dozens of thousands of applications in the wild that use the services provided. That begs the question, where are all of the PhoneGap-based webOS apps?
According to Brian LeRoux, Software Architect at Nitobi, which manages PhoneGap, the lack of PhoneGap-based webOS apps more than likely has something to do with developers simply not owning webOS devices - they build apps for the platforms they're familiar with. That all makes sense, of course, but we're hoping that this new update to PhoneGap and a renewed interest in webOS through the TouchPad and upcoming Pre 3 will change all of that.
If you'd like to know more about PhoneGap version 1.0, you can head to the product website at the link below. Check back here later in the week for a PhoneGap run-through from a PreCentral perspective, too; It'll be a good one!