This is something that will be of interest to the developer side of our readers. There's now a beta version of PhoneGap available that supports Windows Phone Mango. What is PhoneGap you ask? It's a mobile framework that enables developers to build and launch cross-platform apps easily through standard web technologies including HTML5, CSS and JavaScript.

The Windows Phone team have been in touch with the creators of this framework (André Charland and Brian Leroux - Nitobi) to help speed up development with engineering resources and aid. There's a growing interest in WP Mango within the PhoneGap community, which can only mean positive outcomes for the platform with higher quality apps through easier deployment for developers who are more comfortable with web technologies.

The beta of PhoneGap includes majority of the basic functions, and includes JavaScript APIs to use Mango features, such as:

  • Access Device Information (UDDI and stuff)
  • Add and search Contacts
  • Connection status (network / wifi connection status)
  • Alerts/Notification (alert and confirm)
  • Media Capture (Image and Audio)
  • Camera
  • Accelerometer
  • Geolocation

If you're interested in testing the beta and leaving much desired feedback, head on over to the PhoneGap Github project page. What's also interesting about this announcement is that Windows 8 will be utilising HTML etc. so it would be exciting to see support for Windows Phone apps on the desktop.

Source: Nitobi, via: Windows Phone Developer Blog