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PhoneGap vs. PhoneGap Build

By rmo
Feb. 24, 2012

Many questions arise from “What is the difference between PhoneGap and PhoneGap Build?” The short answer is, the former is a framework and the latter is a tool. The long answer is… it will become apparent after a brief outline to PhoneGap and PhoneGap Build.

What is PhoneGap?

PhoneGap is a framework that allows web applications to interact with the native API on mobile devices. That is, PhoneGap is a wrapper for the application and a bridging technology to different platforms. So, a developer can build an application, with the same code base, that be deployed onto Android, iOS, Symbian, etc., simultaneously.

PhoneGap uses existing web technologies, based on HTML5 and JavaScript, give web developers a great leverage. They need not to learn a new language, just already what they know best, HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

What is PhoneGap Build?

PhoneGap Build is not another framework based on the original PhoneGap. It’s a build tool to allow rapid application deployment to devices and app stores. It needs not to be downloaded locally (i.e. SDKs), but a web service that can be used by anyone.

All PhoneGap Build needs is an archive file of with all the web assets (HTML, CSS and JavaScript), and the build will take care of itself.

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The bottom-line is PhoneGap Build is not another framework based on PhoneGap. PhoneGap is the framework and PhoneGap Build is a build tool. The distinction is very clear! For more information about PhoneGap, visit http://phonegap.com/about, and https://build.phonegap.com/faq for the build tool.

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