PhoneGap Build lets developers create Windows Phone apps in the cloud

Developers can upload their code and get apps for Windows Phone, iOS and Android back

Windows Phone can now be targeted by PhoneGap Build, a cloud-based service for creating cross-platform mobile phone apps, according to a Tuesday blog post from Nitobi, the service's creators.

Developers first write their applications using HTML, CSS or JavaScript then upload the code to the Build service, which sends back apps for Apple's iOS, Google's Android, Research In Motion's BlackBerry OS -- and now Windows Phone too.

Instead of configuring environments and installing platform-specific tools, developers can focus on writing apps, according to the blog post. Build is still under development, but developers that want to try it out can sign up to test the public beta version, it said.

Once the product has been launched, the main priority is providing PhoneGap Build as a web service that can seamlessly integrate with existing technology infrastructure and tools, according to an FAQ.

The service will remain free for open source projects, and pricing details for commercial applications will be announced closer to the public launch.

Also, earlier this week, PhoneGap's owner, Adobe Systems, introduced Creative Suite 6, which has better integration with Build. The integration allows developers who use Dreamweaver, an HTML editor, to target more platforms.

Adobe acquired PhoneGap's creator Nitobi in October last year, and about a month later Adobe announced plans to ditch Flash for mobile app development and instead focus on HTML5.

Gaining the support of cross-platform tool vendors such as Adobe is important for Microsoft as it wants to increase the number of applications available for its mobile OS.

Soon two-thirds of the top 100 applications for competing operating systems will be available on the Windows Phone Marketplace, and that number continues to grow, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said last week.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?