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January 31, 2010

Would you bet your company on PhoneGap?

Filed under: mobile! — ifindkarma @ 4:20 am

I posted this to a list of mobile/social/geo entrepreneurs.

Let’s say (hypothetically, of course) I’m starting to develop a brand new mobile application/service today, January 31, 2010.

I’m gonna want it to run on iPhone first, and eventually Android. Maybe even Blackberry and WebOS someday. Possibly even Symbian. Possibly.

So I start by reading…


…and then look at some iPhone-specific help…

jQTouch / Three20

…and then I scratch my head:

1) Is PhoneGap flexible enough that I can feel good betting my company on it? Or should I just start by building my iPhone app natively and THEN figure out what to do once I want to be more than iPhone/iPad?

2) Will I want to throw PhoneGap out 3-6 months from now because of its own limitations?

3) Will Apple stay consistent in its belief that it approves of PhoneGap?

I’ve added this as a question on Quora as well.



  1. Adam, we have bet our iphone development on phonegap. It’s not perfect for everything but generally it was easier to develop in html5/css/js than objective-c.

    Our showcase app is City of Ash at http://itunes.apple.com/app/city-of-ash/id331629980?mt=8

    Comment by davidorchard — February 1, 2010 @ 1:12 pm

  2. Thanks Dave — good to hear. Your app looks quite sweet!

    Comment by ifindkarma — February 1, 2010 @ 1:39 pm

  3. Glad to help you out if you need. I’ve done a bunch of stuff that hasn’t been pushed into git like facebook connect and inapp purchases.

    Comment by davidorchard — February 1, 2010 @ 1:43 pm

    • would love to here how you connected phonegap to facebook.. please email me nick at saveourskills dot com

      Comment by saveourskills — June 27, 2011 @ 10:43 am

  4. I am hedging our native iPhone development on Appcelerator’s Titanium. It is evolving VERY fast. I could see it being acquired by the Goog or Apple.

    I’d love to help guide/field questions on development, Adam. I co-founded an mobile app company last year.

    Our company is called, well, Adam. http://www.appdevandmarketing.com lol

    Comment by ericnakagawa — February 6, 2010 @ 10:06 pm

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