There are different kinds of mobile in the market that use different platforms or operating system (OS) such as iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows etc. Developers tend to choose a platform that helps them to develop the applications in one common language that would be supported by all the popular platform. This is called as the cross platform mobile development.
The cross-platform technologies can be used in more devices & platforms with writing a minimal amount of source code. There are many advantages with this approach.
Free and open source
Reduce development and long-term maintenance cost
Cross platform technologies lower the technical barriers
Reduce the number of required skills for the development team
Single code for building mobile apps for iPhone and Android platform
Supports all major mobile platforms include iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows mobile and Symbian
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PhoneGap is a Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) framework that helps you to develop apps for the following devices.
The company offers a cross-platform simulator (an Adobe AIR app), as well as online training sessions to help you access native APIs and build functioning mobile apps on the PhoneGap platform
Get access to native APIs using the free open source framework or PhoneGap build.
PhoneGap uses standards-based web technologies to bridge web applications and mobile devices.
Take advantage of HTML5 and CSS3
Use Java script to write the code
Access Native features
Deploy the apps to multiple platform
Take advantage of PhoneGap Build
Add PhoneGap Plugins to the projects
Use tools from the community
Get help from the growing community