PhoneGap is Adobe’s marketable version of Cordova with its accompanying ecosystem. Most tools and frameworks are developed on Cordova including Cocoon, Ionic, Mobiscroll, TACO, Quasar Framework, GapDebug, Telerik Platform, Onsen UI, Evothings Studio, Visual Studio, Monaca, the Intel XDK, and NSB/AppStudio. These tools use Cordova not PhoneGap as a core tool. Contributors to this product is Microsoft, Adobe, Google, Mozilla, IBM, BlackBerry, Intel, etc.
PhoneGap was initially created at a San Francisco iPhoneDevCamp event. It won the People’s Choice Award at O’Reilly Media’s 2009 Web 2.0 Conference, and its framework was used to develop several apps. Apple Incorporated confirmed it approved the product even with the alteration of clause 3.3.1 of the Apple iPhone SDK developer license agreement 4.0 implemented in 2010.
The PhoneGap framework is applied in various mobile application platforms like ViziApps, appMobi, Worklight, Monaca, and Convertigo as the support for their mobile client development engine. Adobe officially publicized the procurement of Nitobi on October 4, 2011. The PhoneGap code was presented to the Apache Software Foundation to begin a new plan known as Apache Cordova. The original name Apache Callback was rejected because of its “nonspecific” nature.
It appears in Adobe Systems as Adobe PhoneGap and Adobe PhoneGap Build. When asked why the name “Cordova” was chosen, the response was “While genesis stories of PhoneGap often vary with the teller, most committers can agree the project was born at Nitobi, when the office was on Cordova street in Vancouver”.
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Version 9 supports the operating system of Apple iOS, Windows 8.1, Google’s Android, Windows 10, and Electron (this software framework runs on macOS, Windows, and Linux). Earlier versions supported Ubuntu Touch, Bada, Nokia Symbian OS, LG webOS, BlackBerry, Microsoft Windows Phone (7 & 8), Firefox OS, and Tizen (SDK 2.x).
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