Experiences on mobile cross-platform application development using PhoneGap

Jussi Ronkainen, Juho Eskeli, Timo Urhemaa, Kaisa Koskela-Huotari

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Cross-platform mobile application development frameworks are an attractive alternative to native application development, with potential for improved asset reuse and reduced development costs. Few reports exist, however, on determining their suitability for a given type of application or identifying their potential pitfalls. To address this, we report our experiences from implementing a hybrid web application demonstrator on Android, iOS, Windows Phone 8, and desktop platforms for cloud-based content sharing and co-creation. The hybrid web application approach was found adequate for implementing the demonstrator. Notable challenges discovered during the process were platform dependent variation in HTML5 feature support, differences in the way browsers interact with platform services, and lack of platform specific debugging tools. Based on the results, emphasis on debugging tool support is suggested, as well as early and frequent testing on all target platforms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICSEA 2013: The Eighth International Conference on Software Engineering Advances
PublisherInternational Academy, Research, and Industry Association IARIA
ISBN (Print)978-1-61208-304-9
Publication statusPublished - 2013
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event8th International Conference on Software Engineering Advances, ICSEA 2013 - Venice, Italy
Duration: 27 Oct 201331 Oct 2013


Conference8th International Conference on Software Engineering Advances, ICSEA 2013
Abbreviated titleICSEA 2013


  • cross platform
  • multi platform
  • phonegap
  • jquery
  • cordova
  • cloud-based
  • content sharing
  • liquid experience

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