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  • web app or phonegap app? Survey

    Are you developing mobile web apps or actual mobile phonegap apps that appear in the apple/windows/droid stores?

    If I had to guess from the message board alone that most developers are building web apps, and not phonegap apps.

    The documentation and video available on building a phonegap app is sparse, maybe because it is necessary to move outside of
    Alpha to put all the pieces together?

    Noticed Alpha has transform in the IOS app store, however can't find a Alpha generated demo there? Is there one? That would be helpful.

    Considering taking that next step but it is still Greek to me. Who are the Alpha experts building phonegap apps?

    If you have an app in one or more of the app stores, can you provide a link?


  • #2
    Re: web app or phonegap app? Survey

    Mobile friendly (responsive design that is) web apps here.
    Mike Brown - Contact Me
    Programmatic Technologies, LLC
    Independent Developer & Consultant


    • #3
      Re: web app or phonegap app? Survey

      Hi Mike,
      So you run everything through a browser, on the device?


      • #4
        Re: web app or phonegap app? Survey

        Originally posted by bob9145 View Post
        Hi Mike,
        So you run everything through a browser, on the device?
        Yes. Be it desktop computer or iPad my users just open their browser and use the app.

        My business apps I maintain are very data entry heavy so this route makes sense for us.
        Mike Brown - Contact Me
        Programmatic Technologies, LLC
        Independent Developer & Consultant


        • #5
          Re: web app or phonegap app? Survey

          i Need the Phonegap options less and less as AA features are added the browser environment is also getting way better, so i'm working more and more with the browser.

          Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
          Albert Einstein, (attributed)
          US (German-born) physicist (1879 - 1955)


          • #6
            Re: web app or phonegap app? Survey

            2 browser and 0 phonegap
            Leave a short explanation of why.
            So far very informative.


            • #7
              Re: web app or phonegap app? Survey

              100% phone gap for mobile.
              All are industrial data capture apps that work in offline environments.
              They are all also managed by an MDM for pushing out updates to devices.


              • #8
                Re: web app or phonegap app? Survey

                2 to 1
                Thanks Daniel!


                • #9
                  Re: web app or phonegap app? Survey

                  Always PhoneGap for me.
                  All my apps need to work while users are offline and I need to store lots of data on the device.
                  Without PhoneGap and some of the plug-ins, I just find it too hard to get around the storage limits of a regular web app.


                  • #10
                    Re: web app or phonegap app? Survey

                    PWA will replace sooner or later both in mobile devices.


                    • #11
                      Re: web app or phonegap app? Survey

                      All of my applications are proprietary for my customers, so, as of now, I haven't posted any of my apps on the Play Store or Apple Store. However, I use PhoneGap for all of my mobile apps (I use the PhoneGap QR Code for installation to the device and "Instant Update"). My customers love that they look like real apps (vs browser apps), and, so far, it had worked well for me. Still, most of my apps are Desktop Web Apps that run in regular browsers. My best applications have both Web (Desktop) and Mobile (PhoneGap) components. Hope that helps!


                      • #12
                        Re: web app or phonegap app? Survey

                        Most apps have been enterprise apps for field workers (using Ipads or Android tablet) with disconnected capability - so phonegap is essential. Two new apps will be released to the puplic though through the app stores, and those will also use PhoneGap. We have a couple new project just starting that will also use PhoneGap.


                        • #13
                          Re: web app or phonegap app? Survey

                          Are many developers using AlphaLaunch (with or without PhoneGap)?
                          Jay Talbott
                          Lexington, KY


                          • #14
                            Re: web app or phonegap app? Survey

                            I've been struggling with AlphaLaunch for several days now and have yet to get anything working. I can get my files published but not whatever 'launcher' opens my app as a mobile app. I can work through it with you if you want.
                            Steve Wood
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                            • #15
                              Re: web app or phonegap app? Survey

                              2 browser 4 phone gap
                              Learned lots. Still digesting it all. Looks like there is alot of diversity in phonegap vs browser.
                              Live near Philly in the northeast corrider having a connection is really not a problem.
                              Is it right to say that disconnected capabilities has other advantages?
                              Speed for instance? You don t have to go to the server when you first open the app besides login.
                              Please weigh in.