Pros and Cons of PhoneGap App Development

With the ever growing demand and popularity of the iPhone and Android apps, it has become crucial for the app developers to build apps that can cater all the diverse needs & deeds of the mobile users. However, creating a separate app for each and every mobile platform is quite costly and time consuming. Therefore, mobile app development companies in India are preferring to use cross-platforms to build a single app that will run smoothly on all the mobile operating systems on the go.

Among all the cross-platforms, PhoneGap is one of the most popular platforms used to create cross-platform mobile apps. Often known as Apache Cordova, it is an open source platform used for app development in India and the rest of the world. It brings amazing support for JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS3, which is one of the main reasons why it is popular among the developers.

It enables mobile app development companies in India to build mobile apps using JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS3 along with Foreign Function Interface, which enables apps to work smoothly on all the major mobile devices/platforms like iOS, Android, Windows and so on.  However, like any other technology or platform, PhoneGap also suffers from a few drawbacks. In this blog post, we're going to cover a few basic pros and cons of using PhoneGap for mobile app development.


  • No need to learn other complicated languages to create mobile apps. All you should know is JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS3.
  • All the PhoneGap apps can be installed much like a native app, and are able to leverage app store discoverability.
  • It follows a plug-in architecture, which indirectly means that access to the native device APIs can be extended in a modular way.
  • Using PhoneGap would enable you to distribute and integrate payment through the app store.
  • Leverage from tons of libraries.


  • If your mobile app includes too many graphic elements, performance could be a big issue.
  • Not so clear information and directions for user-interface and other best practices to make the app better.
  • Documentation is also not so descriptive and at times also lack crucial information required for the development.

Of course, PhoneGap brings a whole host of features and benefits for the app development in India, but one should also consider possible drawbacks associated with it. Do you have more points to share? Share it in the comments...!

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