Developing cross platform apps just got that bit easier with the announcement that the PhoneGap community have released v1.3 of their open source framework for Windows Phone, bringing with it all features of the API.

For those wondering what PhoneGap is all about, the simplest explanation is that it's a development framework based around HTML5, CSS and javascript. This means that if you feel comfortable creating web pages in HTML5 you can now try your hand at Windows Phone Development (or if you wanted an alternative to C# and XAML coding). Of course as the framework is available across several smartphone operating systems you can then port your application to the majority of the smartphone-weilding public.

Going one step further, there is some plugin support for searching with Bing maps as well as live tile implementations, allowing PhoneGap developers to take advantage of some of Windows Phone's unique features should they so desire. Finally, as Jesse MacFadyen details in his blog, existing Silverlight controls (such as advertising banners etc) can be integrated with PhoneGap apps.


What does this mean for consumers? With the Smartphone market expanding whilst still supporting so many ecosystems, developers are increasingly keen to keep things cross platform, rather than write an app for each OS. With frameworks such as PhoneGap now supporting Windows Phone fully, we will start to see these apps finding their way to our devices of choice.

Are you keen to try developing a Windows Phone app using web tools, or do you have an oppinion on cross platform apps versus bespoke developed apps? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: MSDN, via WMPowerUser